Category: Music

Afrobeats’ Global Takeover

Over the last several years, American listeners have grown more and more attuned to the sounds of West African pop music, also known as Afrobeats—whether it’s the swaggering Nigerian Afro-fusion of Burna Boy, the playfully genre-bending anthems of Ghanaian-American singer Amaarae, or the enthusiastic dabbling of stateside superstars like Drake and Diplo.

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Diamond Platnumz Talks On Breaking Into The U.S. Market

By Christopher A. DANIEL | GRAMMY.com

When Diamond Platnumz exploded onto the African music scene in 2010 with his debut LP, Kamwambie, his sole mission was to be able to buy food for his mother. He didn’t realize that his sound and vision would go on to transform both East African popular music and the heights its regional superstar talent could reach.

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Burna Boy Signs Deal With SESAC, Waterparks & Smallpools

by Chris Eggertsen  | Billboard

Singer-songwriter and Nigerian pop star Burna Boy has signed with performing rights organization SESAC for direct U.S. representation. Born Damini Ogulu, Burna Boy recently released his fifth studio album Twice As Tall, executive produced by Ogulu, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Bosede Ogulu.

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Aminé | Ethiopian-American navigates complex worlds on his new album ‘Limbo’

By Jerad Walker  | OPBPortland

The Oregon native chats about going through a quarter-life crisis, his embrace of brutal honesty, Portland protests, and the influential Sunday morning soundtrack of his childhood.

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Sunny Ade | Remembering the feats of an African legend at 74

By Ghaniyah Olowoyo | Premium Times

Legendary Nigerian musician, Sunday Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade (KSA) has turned 74. With a meritorious music career that spans 53 years, his Juju music is characterised by the brilliant talking drum among other instruments, poetic lyrics and praise signs.

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Stonebwoy |Ghanaian star receives citation for Grammy nomination

By GhanaWeb

Ghanaian dancehall musician, Livingstone Etse Satekla, popularly known as Stonebwoy, has finally received the citation for his Grammy nomination.

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Felukah (فلوكا)| Egyptian rapper says “I was shocked that people were even listening to my music”

By Yasmin Reda| Cosmopolitan Middle East

Poet and rapper, Felukah (فلوكا) is an Egyptian-American upcoming rapper who, through her words and song, has reached many people’s hearts. She became a inspiration for many younger teenagers and became the rapper that many Egyptians needed.

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Kenya’s Christine Kamau to play American trumpet fest

By Lucy Ilado | Music In Africa

Trumpeter Christine Kamau will be the first East African to play the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which will be held online between 8 and 17 September. The 18th edition will “present lots of exciting new music by trumpeters from near and far. Live talks and a workshop will complement performances,” the organisers of the American festival said. 

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Davido Talks Elevating Nigerian Culture In America

The Afrobeats star opens up about furthering Nigeria’s global cultural impact and how the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement has personally impacted him

By JENNIFER VELEZ | | GRAMMY.com

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