Tag: African entertainers in America

Meet Kampire, the Ugandan DJ bringing new rhythms to dance music

By Selim Bulut

On a Saturday night in Black Flamingo, a cramped basement venue in Brooklyn, New York City, Kampire is blasting out a set of body-shaking, high energy African electronic music. The DJ, who grew up in Zambia before moving to Kampala in Uganda, has built a reputation for her energetic DJ gigs, which are filled with the most innovative sounds from Africa and beyond: Afro-house, Latin bass, St Lucian soca, Congolese soukous, baile funk, kudoro, gqom, and other, currently nameless and undefinable genres coming out of studios in Kampala.

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Kenya rapper, King Kaka, to Feature Selena Gomez in His Upcoming Movie

By Amina Wako

American singer, actress and producer Selena Marie Gomez will feature in the latest movie by Kenyan rapper King Kaka.

King Kaka met Selena about a week ago at the Cannes Film Festival becoming the first Kenyan artiste to grace the festival in its 72 years of existence.

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Netflix acquires Senegalese Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Grand Prix’ winner

Netflix has signaled that Africa holds massive untapped potential for their expansion — and even Thierry Fremaux recognizes the continent is about to have a filmmaking explosion.

By Tambay Obenson


 Netflix has acquired worldwide rights (excluding China, Benelux, Switzerland, Russia, France) to French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop’s feature debut, the award winning “Atlantics,” which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Prix.

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DanceAfrica celebrates Rwandan rebirth/renewal in New York

By Zita Allen

Abdel Salaam, artistic director of BAM’S DanceAfrica, has announced that when the 42-year-old festival, founded by the late Baba Chuck Davis, returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Memorial Day weekend (May 24 – 27) it will highlight a dramatic international story of rebirth, reconciliation and transformation in the African nation of Rwanda.

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Egyptian-Canadian Mena Massoud is Aladdin, with Will Smith as Genie

Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud, who stars in the anticipated live action reboot of Aladdin alongside Will Smith, sent a dedicated message to his Egyptian fans on social media to express his pride of being Egyptian and encourage his fans to see it.

Titled ‘Egypt, this one’s for you!’, Massoud begins the video with “Oh Egyptian people, greetings!”

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Nigerian actress Folake Olowofoyeku plays lead role in new CBS show 

Here’s why this is such a big deal

By Inemesit Udodiong


CBS has ordered seven new series for the 2019–20 season. The lineup includes Chuck Lorre‘s sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola” starring Folake Olowofoyeku, Billy Gardell and Shola Adewusi.

It is a love story that sees a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit, played by Gardell, fall for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant played by Olowofoyeku.

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Nigeria’s Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi Nominated for BET Awards

By Urowayino Warami

Nigerian music stars Burna Boy, Teni and Mr Eazi have been nominated in different categories for the Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards.

The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate yearly African-Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.

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Audience member calls police on Egyptian-American comedian over jokes

By Suzy Byrne

A comedy clubgoer in Naples, Fla., called police to report that Egyptian-American standup Ahmed Ahmed told a joke about organizing a terrorist organization.

One day after seeing the comedian, the unidentified man called the non-emergency police line to report the “terrible” joke the comic said at the start of the show.

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Moroccan Comedy Duo ‘Les Inqualifiables’ Perform Across the US

By Bouchra Rafi

A new Moroccan comedy duo named “Les Inqualifiables” recently produced and performed their own comedy tour in the United States.

The show, entitled “Si’a moi y’a toi” (If there’s me, there’s you), was first performed on April 4, 2019, in New York where the tour began and closed in Los Angeles on April 19.

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Kenyan Comedian to Grace Madaraka Day Celebrations in US

By Stephanie Wangari

Kenyan comedian, Eric Omondi, has been invited to the United States on June 8, 2019, for the Madaraka Day celebrations, organized by the Kenyan community in Baltimore.

The comedian has been invited to perform for Kenyans in America at The Hermes Center of St. Demetrios 2504Cub Hill Road, Parkville, 21234.

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TOBi Is The Nigerian-Canadian Musician Taking North America By Storm

By Adewojumi Aderemi

Growing up in Nigeria, there is a clearly prescribed mode in which genders must be performed: women are the caretakers; men are the financial providers. Men must also be the emotionless defenders of everyone, particularly the women, around them. 

Coupled with his time spent watching American films of valiant men, such as Rockyand Commando, it was this image of machismo that Oluwatobi Ajibolade ascribed to being a man. It is this image that the Nigerian-Canadian artist hopes to redefine with his debut album, STILL.

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Oscar-Winning Egyptian-American Actor, Rami Malek, To Play villain In New James Bond Film

Egyptian-American Oscar winner, Rami Malek, has hinted he would appear as a villain in the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, alongside a cast including Ralph Fiennes and Lea Seydoux.

Rami Malek, who won the Oscar for his performance as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, said in a video message: “I promise you all I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in this”.

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Kenya Banned Her Film for Its ‘Corrupt’ Lesbian Romance. So She Showed It Off to the World.

By Joseph Longo
Rafiki, based on the Ugandan short story “Jambula Tree” by Monica Arac de Nyeko, follows a Kenyan Romeo and Juliet romance between the daughters of rival politicians. Kena (Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) explore first-time love in a country where being gay is illegal. Doused with saturated colors and tender performances, Rafiki is a rarity in queer cinema with a bright and hopeful tone.

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How She Landed Her Game-Changing ‘Insecure’ Role

By Olanrewaju Eweniyi
Nigerian-Americans are on track to becoming one of the most successful immigrant groups in American history, but that journey is not without its pressures and struggles. On HBO’s Backstories, Yvonne Orji, one of the most visible Nigerian-Americans today, shares her story

Orji talks about how she went from graduate school to pageant queen to Molly on Insecure. She has come a really long way, but her Hollywood journey actually started with her participating in Miss Nigeria in America, where she turned to comedy after she realized she needed a talent to compete. Continue reading “How She Landed Her Game-Changing ‘Insecure’ Role”

Mr. Eazi and Burna Boy highlight the rise of afrobeats at Coachella

By Makeda Easter

This has been a particularly global year for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The lineup also includes Nigerian stars Mr. Eazi and Burna Boy, two artists representing afrobeats, a genre that’s steadily gaining traction in the U.S. and beyond.

It’s not the first year that Coachella has hosted Nigerian artists. The 2012 performance of Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, featuring Fela Kuti’s youngest son and band, is just one example of the handful of the country’s artists who have played the Indio festival. And 2018 was expected to be a big moment for afrobeats at Coachella when Wizkid was booked, but he missed the gig due to visa issues.

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