TGIF! with Bumi Thomas & The Venus Bushfires in the Run Up to the 2013 Africa Centre Summer Festival

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Round off your week with these sounds from two talented and beautiful female musicians, Bumi Thomas and Helen Parker-Jayne Isibor, aka The Venus Bushfires. Both will be performing at the Africa Centre Summer Festival in London, UK, which takes place on the 3rd and 4th of August this year. Curated by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, it's a free weekend of music, fashion, visual arts, film and more, taking place in and around the Covent Garden Piazza. For those in, near and visiting London, it's a can't-miss event!

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TGIF! with Rapper, Wale

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I caught Wale's new video the other day and I was really feeling the vibe. Less famously known as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, American-born and raised Wale has won several accolades for his music, including a Grammy for Best Rap Song. Enjoy these tunes and enjoy the weekend!

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Home Around the World: Momo’s, London, UK

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The Momo's experience in London, UK, involves North African cuisine, an eclectic African and diaspora music programme (that pulls in major stars and up-and-coming artists alike), beautiful decor and a relaxed boho-luxe ambiance. The restaurant/café/outdoor terrace/basement bar/disco was opened in the late 1990s by Algerian-born Mourad Mazouz.

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Interview with Musician Ntjam Rosie

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I'm very pleased to bring you this interview with musician Ntjam Rosie, whose beautiful music (and fabulous style) has graced the blog before. Ntjam has an impressive 4 albums under her belt: Atouba, the fantastic Elle, Live at Grounds and her latest release from this year – At the Back of Beyond.

Ntjam talks about the importance of being grounded, of taking the time to hone your craft and of persistence. I can't agree with her more that nothing (worth having) comes easy!

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TGIF! with Amadou & Mariam

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Today it's time for the ever fresh Malian duo, Amadou & Mariam.

First up is the beautiful video for 'Africa mon Afrique' – animation + collage = what's not to love?! Then, a rockin' collabo with Santigold, 'Dougou Badia' (RSS readers click here to view videos)

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Interview with Musician Fatoumata Diawara

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It's a great honour to present this interview with musician, actress and activist, Fatoumata Diawara. Born in Côte d'Ivoire to Malian parents, Fatoumata moved to France to pursue acting – she appeared in the films La Genèse and Sia, le Rêve du Python and played a leading role in the musical Kirikou et Karaba. She later began composing her own music, blending Southern Mali traditions and international influences. 

Under Fatoumata's belt is her debut album, Fatou, and her EP, Kanou. She has performed around the world and recorded with acclaimed artists including Oumou Sangaré and Dee Dee Bridgewater and recently participated in the "30 Songs / 30 Days" campaign to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women

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Massimadi Festival, Brussels: LGBT Films from Africa and its Diaspora

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Today marks the start of the very first Massimadi festival – showcasing LGBT films from Africa and its diaspora. Taking place in Brussels from the 9th – 11th of May, in the run up to Belgian Pride, the event programme includes meetings and music to complement the films.

The word 'Massimadi' is derived from Creole words 'massissi' and 'madivinez' – derogatory words for 'gay' and 'lesbian' that have been appropriated by the black LGBT community in a defiant affirmation of their identity. The festival will address issues of identity, gender, racism and sexual orientation.

Find out more on the Massimadi website (offering English, French and Dutch translation) and the Massimadi Facebook page

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TGIF! with Alex Boyé

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British-born singer and actor of Nigerian descent, Alex Boyé, is perhaps best known for 'Africanizing' today's pop music.

Today, enjoy this majestic track, "Peponi" – a rendition of Coldplay's "Paradise" by Alex Boye and The Piano Guys (RSS readers click here to view the video). 

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