South Africa’s Ndlovu Youth Choir has once again wowed audiences – this time with their gorgeous rendition of U2’s Beautiful Day in the America’s Got Talent’s quarter-finals. The choir is a huge hit with both American and Mzansi fans and they’ve come a lot further than people thought a choir would go in the competition.Continue reading “Ndlovu Youth Choir once again outshines others in America’s Got Talent Read”
(New York, August 13, 2019) Contestants of the just ended 2019 ‘Miss Liberia United States of America (USA) Scholarship Pageant’, are encouraging young Liberians to follow their dreams, exhibiting self-discipline and respect throughout their journey.
The contestants, representing the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Georgia; also stressed the importance of hard work and passion as drivers of success in the quest to achieve goals and dreams.Continue reading “2019 Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant Contestants Call on Ambassador Kemayah: Encourage Young Liberians to Follow Their Dreams”
Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy had an interesting chat on Tuesday, 13th of August, with South African TV host, Trevor Noah on one of the most popular TV shows in both America and the world, The Daily Show.
The appearance was part of Burna Boys promotional tour for his new album, African Giant and the interview created a feast of laughter .Continue reading “Trevor Noah Hosts Burna Boy On Daily Show”
With highlife legend Abrantie Amakye Dede and entertainer Kwadwo Nkansah (Lil Win) as special guests, Ghanaians resident in Columbus, Ohio recently marked the 18th GhanaPic, an annual health and wellness community festival.Continue reading “Ghanaians in Columbus, Ohio celebrate culture and community at annual family picnic”
BY ALEX PATRICK
“Just because you’re born in poverty doesn’t mean you are poverty.”
These were the powerful words of the Ndlovu Youth Choir choirmaster Ralf Schmitt after the Limpopo-based group knocked the socks off the judges at America’s Got Talent in July.
The choir had been selected to perform at the show, and on Wednesday, after making it through a second round of the competition, they leave for Hollywood and the finale.Continue reading “Meet the SA choirmaster who has ‘America’s Got Talent’ in rhapsodies”
The “Wash It” singer tells the Recording Academy about her multinational background, growing up in L.A., Tulsa, Nigeria and Kenya and breaking out of what can sometimes be an isolating music scene
By RACHEL BRODSKY
Everyone has an origin story, and R&B/Afropop singer Victoria Kimani‘s is especially memorable. Born in Los Angeles to Kenyan parents, the 34-year-old moved all over the globe—specifically to Tulsa, Okla., Nigeria and finally Kenya—during her teen years.Continue reading “Afropop Queen Victoria Kimani Is Kenya’s Best Kept Secret”
BY KEMET HIGH
Afrobeats has been steadily infiltrating the U.S. airwaves for the past few years. In fact, you may have heard Afro B’s “Drogba (Joanna)” thumping out of someone’s car speakers this summer, bringing the uplifting vibe you need when the sun is out.
The term afrobeats has been used to describe a collective campaign of different musical styles stemming from Africa, not to get mixed up with Afrobeat, which is a West African music genre blending fuji and highlife music with American jazz and funk, pioneered by Fela Kuti. Afrobeats is a word that’s used to bring awareness to African-influenced music from collectives like the Flight Club, artists like Davido, Burna Boy, and Wizkid, and producers like P2J.Continue reading “How Afrobeats Is Influencing American Pop Music, According to Producer P2J”
Viewers will soon be transported to the vast and magical grasslands of Africa when Discovery Channel’s new series, Serengeti, premieres on Sunday. The docuseries follows the heartwarming and harrowing tales of wildlife living within Tanzania’s largest national park.
Kenya native Lupita Nyong’o narrates the six-part series, produced by Emmy-winning filmmakers Simon Fuller and John Downer, who also directed the show.Continue reading “LUPITA NYONG’O TALKS BEING THE ‘VOICE OF GOD’ WHILE NARRATING THE MAJESTY OF ‘SERENGETI’ IN DISCOVERY CHANNEL NEW DOCUSERIES”
As the live action movie for “The Lion King” is taking the world by storm, South Africans have even more to be proud of as a number of local icons have worked the new version.
Dr John Kani plays Rafiki, the mandrill with an unnaturally long tail. Rafiki performs shamanistic services for the lions of Pride Rock and is a great martial artist. Kani was working on the set of Black Panther and playing none other than King T’Chaka when he was approached to voice Rafiki.Continue reading “WATCH: South African icons that were involved in ‘The Lion King’”
By Rufaro Samanga
The devil works hard but Burna Boy certainly works harder. Last night, the indomitable Nigerian artist appeared on the late night American talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! alongside Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, who were promoting their new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
By Amanda Waltz
Audiences will be immersed in three days of history and traditions of African art when DanceAfrica: Pittsburgh returns to Kelly Strayhorn Theater from Fri., July 26-Sun., July 28.Continue reading “DanceAfrica: Pittsburgh returns to Kelly Strayhorn Theater for three days of African cultural immersion”
The “live-action” Lion King remake hews closely to the original film, even recreating some scenes with shot-for-shot precision. But Beyoncé’s album that accompanies the film, The Lion King: The Gift, takes an approach that’s more inspired than a simple retread of familiar songs. Though the 27-track release is liberally woven with at-times distracting spoken word excepts from the film, the songs themselves are only inspired by the story, and you don’t need to be a Lion King fan to get on board.Continue reading “A Guide to All the African Artists Who Appear on Beyoncé’s Lion King Album”
by Nick Duerden
When Burna Boy arrives three hours late to an east London studio on a balmy July evening, he is laid-back to the point of comatose — and monosyllabic. He asks that the photo shoot happen quickly, and when he sits down to be interviewed, the first thing he does is stand up again. “No,” he says, suddenly definitive. “Need a smoke. Come.”Continue reading “How Burna Boy Became Nigeria’s Surprise Success Story”
The superstar’s new album will feature a number of African stars who rarely get exposure in the U.S.
By Elias Leight
Beyoncé has announced The Lion King: The Gift, an album that will accompany the remake of the famous Disney animated film will have a track list that includes stars from Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, artists who rarely get exposure in the American mainstream.Continue reading “African stars Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy to feature in Beyoncés ‘Lion King: The Gift’ Album”
Abrantie Amakye Dede is billed to hold what is expected to be an explosive concert with his Apollo High Kings Band, Kurl Songx and comedian cum musician, Lil Win from July 20th to 1st September 2019 at a concert dubbed ‘Amakye Dede Live In Concert’ in the United Stage of America, (USA).Continue reading “Ghanaian stars, Amakye Dede, LilWin, Kurl Songx to tour the US”