Miriam Makeba
Africa’s Lady of Songs, Miriam Makeba, will come to life at the George Washington University's Marvin Center on Friday, 18 Aug. at 6.30pm in a 90 minute documentary directed by Mika Kaurismäki. The screening of “Mama Africa” is one of the major events at the three-day 2017 African Diaspora International Film Festival in Washington D.C. as the organizers “celebrate 11 years of eclectic, revealing cinema.” In a review of the biopic after it was screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the writer said:  “The story of Mama Africa was moving, emotional, inspirational and left me wanting to learn more about [Miriam Makeba] and her music.” Zenzile Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, actor, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was known for her advocacy against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa.
Acclaimed actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD), today gave his fans a peek into his reality as he juggles many professional commitments with community engagements in recent times. Speaking to his half a million followers on Instagram, the actor said: “Lately, it’s been a lot of drawing boards for me as my team and I have taken on new projects. Even the ones that seemed like a walk over at the development stage has (sic) turned out to be more intellectual, financial and human intensive.” In a chat with Rhythm Africa via WhatsApp, RMD revealed that he is working on a TV series, Mr. X Show, and two films simultaneously. Apart from these, through his production company, RMD Productions, he is giving back to society through his mentorship and internship programs. Speaking to Rhythm Africa on the expected outcomes of the programs for participants, he said: “[I am] just preparing them for
Nigerian recording artist, singer and songwriter, Reekado Banks has released a video for “Biggyman” which is from his September 2016 album, Spotlight. Don Jazzy, his associate, made the announcement today on Instagram. According to reports, Spotlight debuted at number 10 on the Billboard World Album Music Chart. In a 2014 interview with a Nigerian newspaper, The National Mirror, Banks, whose real names are Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon, said he is a versatile artist who makes music with the thought that humans are different and have different taste. In a 2015 interview published in another Nigerian newspaper, Banks, an Afropop musical act, cited Don Jazzy, 2face Idibia, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Olamide and M.I as his key musical inspirations.
The King of African beats, King Sunny Ade, has dropped out of this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. KSA was scheduled to perform between April 16 and 23. According to an insider, who spoke to Rhythm Africa, Coachella may conflict with a call to national duty since King Sunny Ade may be scheduled to headline a concert celebrating the return of Nigeria’s president from a medical leave to the United Kingdom. As reported, Coachella is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Located in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley, in the Colorado Desert, the event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. Coachella showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups. Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States and
AKON, the celebrated Senegalese American R&B and hip hop artiste, is going back to his roots fashion wise. Adorned in a blue dashiki while speaking to his fans from Dubai on Facebook Live, he said: “I am going to change my whole wardrobe because it is so much more comfortable: it feels so much better [in my African robes]!” Beyond that reason, his embrace of African inspired apparels is also motivated by another factor. “Moving around these tight suits makes [me] look too European. So, I am going back to my roots.” With that, he declared to his fans: “So, you are gonna see more of me being more African nowadays.” Akon is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice, and he was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the number one selling
From Diamond Platnumz’s update of a Tanzanian classic to an ode to dirt-cheap South African lager, these are the tunes that got a continent shimmying [in 2016] The last few years have seen songs from Africa, particularly afrobeats, gradually gaining global attention. In 2016, the continent finally stamped its musical influence on the rest of the world; Wizkid collaborated with Drake on the summer smash hit One Dance, and no less than five stars signed mega deals with some of the biggest record labels on the other side of the Atlantic. Here’s a pick of 10 of the best songs that got Africa grooving all year long – from artists looking to light up 2017. Tekno – Pana Not everyone can make a hit based on sexualising west Africa’s favourite tuber crop, the cassava; but Tekno Miles succeeds spectacularly. The 23-year old glides gloriously on an unruly instrumental to wreak havoc; spraying beautiful
The Troxy in east London, and 2,500 pairs of hands are in the air. It's been four years since the R&B duo P-Square played Britain. They're household names back home in Lagos, were named artist of the year at this year's Kora African music awards in Burkina Faso, and the brothers' hook-driven blend of western and African rhythms has brought London's Nigerian community out in force. "They're just so wicked, man," says a teary-eyed twentysomething over screams. "Where've you been?" she adds, incredulous, when I tell her I've only just discovered them. Lately, I've been looking for African artists other than those beloved of the world music scene, which has had the west African colossi Salif Keita, Baaba Maal and Youssou N'Dour on heavy rotation for years. When they – and the likes of the Gibson-toting Malian chanteuse Rokia Traoré, the funky Congolese veterans Staff Benda Bilili and the red clay-smeared Ivorian diva Dobet
Toronto-based Nigerian act, Sonia Aimy, is set to drop her second album, Nigerian Spirit, in June. In a telephone conversation with Rhythm Africa, she reveals the motivation behind Nigerian Spirit and what she hopes to achieve with the message at the core of the songs in the forthcoming album. “Nigerian Spirit came from a craving to see Nigeria’s prosperity at all level. Nigerian people are very lively: we are one of the happiest people in the world in spite of the conflicts and political situation of the country." Speaking further on the Nigerian people of West Africa, she asserts: “No matter the situation, a Nigerian person would always find a way to be happy and to succeed in whatever he or she does. That spirit of being keen and meticulous is unique in what Nigerians do." In spite of the boisterious nature of the people of her country of birth,
Sony Music International has signed WizKid to a multi-album worldwide deal through its RCA label. According to Peter Edge, Chairman and CEO of RCA Records, the Sony label is “thrilled” to have the Nigerian artiste in its stable. In a press release published on RCA Records’ website, Edge said WizKid “has become a superstar in the African music scene and will be a game-changer in bringing African music to the world.” WizKid is considered one of the leading afropop acts out of Africa, and Sony Music is hoping to use his popularity to cement the company’s “commitment towards making Africa a musical repertoire center of the world.” Consequently, Adam Granite, who is Sony Music’s President for Northern and Eastern Europe plus Africa, said: “This is an incredibly important signing as we look to make Africa a major source of repertoire for the world. Wiz is a key ambassador for this
Popular South African international DJ, Black Coffee, will be opening  a Fashion, Art and Music Academy along with two other South African creative talents, Laduma Ngxokolo and Nelson Makamo. Making the announcement on Instagram, @realblackcoffee, he said: “Our goal is to build an Academy for talented youth on these 3 professions. We want to create Jobs for the Students straight out of the Academy.” The curriculum is designed to equip students with knowledge across disciplines. To this end, when someone gets admitted as a student of the F.A.M Academy, the person will receive a recording contract while learning about music, branding, social media, and music business, Black Coffee revealed. Students are expected to release their first single in their second year at F.A.M Academy. Thereafter, a full length album is expected to be dropped by the students in their third year during their final recital.