TGIF! with Sara Tavares

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Portuguese singer, composer, guitarist and percussionist, Sara Tavares is influenced by African, Portuguese and North American music. Everything I've heard her sing is sublime and these tunes are surely the perfect way to ease you into the weekend. One love everybody!

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TGIF! with Diaspora: A Global Mixtape Movement

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Part I of the Independence Day round-up: July

During this blog's first year, I endeavored to celebrate the independence days of African countries through creating a dedicated post (you can browse them via this link). I'm not doing that this year but, as several of those celebrations take place in July and August, I thought I'd do a round-up of highlights. I hope you enjoy it. Stay tuned for part 2 – August celebrations – next week.

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Ghana – 1st July

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Something for the pundits and technology geeks, something for the music-lovers and something for the fashionistas:
5 Reasons why Ghana is the next African App Powerhouse
Interview with lyrical genius M3NSA
Interview with Fashion Designer Naana B

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January installment of African album art: Putumayo

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This month, there's a theme to the selection of album covers: Putumayo! Putumayo World Music is a label that was established to introduce people to the music from cultures around the world. The company's motto? "Guaranteed to make you feel good". Indeed, that's exactly what the vibrant album covers, illustrated by Nicola Heindl, do.

Above are just a few covers from the extensive Putumayo catalogue. Left to right, top to bottom: Cape Verde, North African Groove, African Reggae, Mali, Congo to Cuba and South African Legends