After cancelling its 2016 edition, East Africa's premier musical festival returns in 2017. Amira Ali spoke with festival director Yusuf Mahmoud about the challenges, goals and plans for the new year.
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Long-time visitors may still be familiar with the voice of GMB, real name Gery Mendes, the gifted hip hop artist of Cape Verdean roots who co-hosted African hip hop radio for years. About ten years in the game, he dropped his second album Caminho and a first single last...
Kenyan-born Bay Area, California resident Djayslim for years has been giving the people musical qualities which he believes constitute the expression of the collective cultural values of peoples of African descent.
August 2015 and the Africa Is Hot team is back together in the studio. Amal held down the fort since January while J4 was in Kenya. He came back with three bags full of vinyl, and in the second hour some of the highlights of the catch can be...
To get this month of July in high spirits, here's a world exclusive premiere of Chosan's new video entitled Show Goes On from his third solo effort Till I Touch The Sun.
Yassin Bey's Kenyan show had been a year in the making, but when he finally came down (or up), he performed to an audience of 1000, joined in a talk with other creatives at Pawa254 and got some time off on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar.
In the May edition of Africa Is Hot, Amal is in full charge of the decks conquering time & space with a selection of off-center grooves from all over the map. In the second hour, Juma4 (aka dj Gioumanne) joins all the way from Nairobi - which is actually...
Amsterdam's one-of-a-kind radio station Red Light Radio is the home to our monthly radio show, Africa Is Hot. Hosts J4 and Amal play a diverse pick of new and vintage tunes, not informed by what everybody listens to, but stepping out of the path of predictability.
A new generation has come to appreciate Ethiopia's rich musical history and reissues have made their way on the international market. Trying to get hold of the original releases from the 60s and 70s on vinyl in Addis Abeba is a different ball game, as Amira Ali came to...
Unlike in the United States, where hip hop sub-genres are differentiated by their cities of origin and lyrical themes (i.e. hardcore hip hop – New York; trap – party rap), here in South Africa they are distinguished by the languages they represent. Each of the eleven official languages has...
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