Tag: African musicians in America

Wizkid and Tems Make Obama’s 2020 Playlist

By By Linorajj |Notjustok

As an annual tradition, 44th President of the United State of America, Barrack Obama has released his playlist consisting of his favourite songs of the year and Nigerian superstars, Wizkid and Tems made it to the playlist with their latest jam, ‘Essence’ off Wizkid’s album, ‘Made in Lagos’.

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Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star, Burna Boy and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

By OkayAfrica

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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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Full list of winners at the Ghana Music Awards USA

By  MyJoyOnline   

The Ghana Music Awards USA came off on Saturday, October 10 in New Jersey. The event saw performances from Keche, Fameye, Eno Barony, Nathaniel Pryce, Stella Seal among others. The performances of some of these artists took place on a stage set in Accra while others were in New Jersey.

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Africa’s Creative Industries Are Ripe for U.S. Investment

BY AUBREY HRUBY | FOREIGN POLICY

When one of Nigeria’s biggest artists, Burna Boy, released his new album, Twice as Tall, in August, it became an instant global success. Burna Boy’s international popularity had skyrocketed the year before with the release of his fourth studio album, African Giant, which garnered the artist his first Grammy nomination and sold out arenas in Europe and North America. 

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Gospel in your disco: Why South Africa’s ‘Jerusalema’ became No. 1

Bound by the pandemic this year, people from around the world now also have something more joyful in common: a hit song and a dance with deeply South African roots.

By Ryan Lenora Brown  | Christian Science Monitor

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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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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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King Samba | Being a gospel singer in the US is a blessing

By Segun Adebayo | The Trubune

Olurombi Babatunde Samuel, otherwise known as King Samba has taken his gospel music beyond the African shores and currently resides in the US where he’s making waves with his Afrocentric style of music. Samba, who started his music career as a drummer, discusses his musical journey from Nigeria to US.

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