Tis’ the season for many things in Nigeria. The land is dry; festival time is fast approaching; and we’re only one month away from the country’s most popular time for weddings! Wedding season can be a joyous yet stressful time. Couples are tightening guest lists, making last minute alterations to [...]
Have you ever had a moment so embarrassing you wish could travel back in time? Or maybe made a mistake so cringe-worthy you wish you could disappear? For Nigeria‘s officials, those moments are becoming more common, and in the age of video sharing on social media, it is near impossible [...]
Catch Kaleta & ZoZo Afrobeat performing at SRBBrooklyn in Brooklyn, New York. This 13-piece orchestra is lead by famed director Leon Kaleta Ligan-Majekodumi. The musician has recorded and toured with Nigeria’s Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 band, King Sunny Ade’s African Beats, and more recently with American artist Lauren Hill.
Every February for the past decade, the island of Zanzibar has hosted East Africa’s best-loved – and now largest – music festival, Sauti za Busara. The festival includes artists from all edges of the continent, and from an ever growing scope of languages, musical genres and political stances. Kiswahili for [...]
Sometimes you come across a video online that leaves you stunned and questioning, “Can this be real?”. Today’s Video of the Week does just that. In the two minute video, the then 7-year-old Ghanaian boy named Nana Kyei (he should be a teenager by now as the video was first posted [...]
Pretty Yende, a 27 year old soprano from South Africa, who has been causing stirs in operatic circles from Europe to Australia, landed on the grandest stage of her life, at the epicenter of opera aficionados: she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City this week. She achieved [...]
In honor of the start of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on 19 January 2013, our very first “Video of the Week” post goes to: Sela Sela – The Official Afcon Song The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has chosen “Sela Sela” (Dance Together) as the official song of [...]
In Africa.com’s first “Blogs We Love” post, we present “Awesome Tapes From Africa“. The blog is everything its name suggests. Started by Brian Shimkovitz after a trip to Ghana, the former ethnomusicology major with a penchant for traditional music, amassed a stockpile of tapes while in West Africa. All of it on [...]
We at Africa.com love celebrating inspirational Africans. We’re especially proud of South African singer Lira, featured in our film ‘Africa Straight Up‘, as she prepares to perform at an Inauguration Ball held in honor of President Barack Obama. Check out exclusive footage from our interview with Lira.