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South Africa - South African artist Zahara has signed a global recording deal with Warner Music SA ahead of her upcoming album Nqaba Yam, expected to be released in June. The Loliwe hitmaker joined Warner Music SA on the local roster, but has now elevated her relationship with the label on an international level. “I am excited,” Zahara told Music In...
Uganda - Dancehall musician Pallaso was the biggest winner at the 2021 Zzina Awards, which were held at Zzina Tower in Kampala, Uganda, at the weekend. The ‘Malamu’ hitmaker won in the Best Male Artist, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year categories. Although the overall list of winners was heavy on male...
Mali - Malian Anansy Cissé’s sophomore album Anoura has reached No 1 of the World Music Charts Europe. Anoura rose nine spots after occupying No 10 in April. The album was released in February and its prime influence comes from the desert blues music of North and West Africa. The themes include education, poverty, righteous...
Nigeria - Fela Ten Twenty, the audio adaptation of the FELA! Broadway show, will premiere on drop-in audio chat platform Clubhouse on 15 and 16 May. This is according to 11-time Tony Award nominee Stephen Hendel, the show’s original lead producer. The production will feature a new interpretation of the original FELA! script written by Bill T Jones...
South Africa - South African musician PJ Powers and the Mzansi Youth Choir have released their new song titled ‘Bayete Mzansi’, which is available for streaming and download on all major streaming platforms. The song’s release coincided with the annual Freedom Day celebrations in South Africa on 27 April. It forms part of...
Ghana - Ghanaian Afropop singer Wendy Shay has accused the producers of South African Netflix film Slay of using her 2019 song ‘All For You’ without consent. The musician this week took to social media to call out the people behind the film and threatened to take legal action against them if she was not paid royalties...
Niger - Niger-based Tuareg group Dag Tenere last week released a single ‘Tihoussay Tenere’ ahead of their upcoming six-track EP titled Iswat. ‘Tihoussay Tenere’ is available for streaming and download on major digital platforms. Recorded in Niger, the single was mixed and mastered by Antoine Livenais in France. Iswat was produced with the support of the...
South Africa - South African rapper Robust has released a new single titled ‘Boity Thulo’ ahead of his upcoming EP The KProcess, which is expected to arrive in May. The song is available for streaming and download on various streaming platforms. It pays tribute to celebrated local media personality and rapper Boity Thulo, and its release coincides with her birthday on...
Uganda - Swedish-Ugandan guitarist Sammy Kasule has died aged 69. The musician succumbed to an unknown illness in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 27 April. Kasule, whose career spanned more than five decades, was a renowned musician in East Africa and a former bandmember of Uganda’s long-serving group Afrigo. The news was confirmed on his official Ziwuuna Band Facebook...
Ghana - Ghanaian guitarist and bandleader Kyekyeku will host a seminar on project formation, touring and music festivals in Accra on 30 April. The seminar is courtesy of Muziki Nkomo and Alliance Française d'Accra. Now in its second edition, the workshop forms part of the annual activities to commemorate International Jazz Day. The organisers say the event will serve as...