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New concert celebrates South Africa’s female icons

Coming shortly after Women’s Month in South Africa, a new celebration of South Africa’s leading ladies of jazz is being launch. The Women In Song Legacy Concert is a one-night-only affair and will take place at the Emnotweni Arena in Nelspruit, South Africa on Saturday 12 September. The festival celebrates the[…]

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10 African musicians making it big overseas

Lists aren’t meant to be definitive, and this one isn’t either. For starters, measures such as the number of Youtube views or Social Media presence don’t say much about the spread of one’s fanbase. For example, Cassper Nyovest is currently the biggest artist in South Africa and manages to sell[…]

womex films

WOMEX announces exciting film programme

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) has announced its 2015 Film Programme, which for the first time has been curated by WOMEX itself. Fifteen striking documentaries, co-produced in 19 different countries, will be screened, focusing on new releases that portray music, movements and history from across the world. Many of the[…]

Zimbabwe

Opportunities for musicians in Zimbabwe

By Innocent Tinashe Mutero Zimbabwe’s arts industry has witnessed steady growth over the years. Music in particular now has an unprecedented number of new players. This growth has been attributed to the 70% local content quota that the government imposed on all broadcasting stations in Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Services Act[…]

Meeting William Onyeabor in the short documentary ‘Fantastic Man’

By Thomas Gesthuizen When American label Luaka Bop released a compilation of songs by enigmatic 1980s singer William Onyeabor in 2013, they unleashed a full-on promotional campaign which included a website, t-shirts, buttons, a virtual fanclub, launch parties in cities around the world and a string of remixes by some big names in[…]

DJ Sose

DJ Sose and K-Peace thrill British Council

The British Council’s UK/NG 2015-16 program launched last week at the organisation’s Lagos, Nigeria offices. The season-long programme, which features collaborations between the United Kingdom and Nigeria, looks to foster the relationship between both countries. Welcoming guests to the launch of the season, Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria Simon[…]

Hope Masike

Zimbabwean music to take centre stage in Norway

The second edition of Zimfest Oslo, a Zimbabwean music and arts festival, will take place this Friday 28 to Sunday 30 August at Cafeteatret in the east side of Oslo, Norway. The festival is part of the Zimfest alliance, which arranges similar festivals in London (UK), Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Tacoma (USA) and Perth[…]

Should media outlets prioritize local music?

The recent protest by Kenyan music artists advocating for more airplay of local content has spurred new developments in the Kenyan music industry. Following the protest on 10 August, the government responded with the launch of the national music policy draft after a long process of drafting since the policy was[…]

Sipho Sithole

Music business workshop in Pretoria to empower artists

In the run-up to the upcoming Moretele Park Tribute Concert in Pretoria, South Africa on Saturday 29 August, a music business workshop will be held on Saturday 22 August to share current trends in the South African music industry. Drakensberg Promotions, in partnership with the City of Tshwane, will host[…]