I've been meaning to share this for a while now – DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota featuring Dr Malinga, "Orlando". Undoubtedly made for dancing! Happy Friday everybody.
I’m very happy to present you with a guest post from my dynamic friend, Elelta Demissie aka Ellesbells aka TechWench (which is the name of her web development company). Elelta can be found online: blogging on Nothing to Display; experimenting with and sharing recipes on Eat Alicha (including Eritrean-inspired dishes) and; sharing dope mixes on Mixcloud. In real life, you can find her joy running around London and hanging out in radio stations, presenting shows. Phew! (tired yet?). And I thought I had many things going on!
Handing over to El and a seriously good set of tracks …
The eclectic and critically acclaimed London African Music Festival returns for an 11th instalment, running from September 13th – 22nd, across 11 venues.
From Congolese soul to Senegalese rap; from Somali poet to Cuban band; afrobeat, jazz, blues and more. Seriously, it's going to be a hectic 10 days!
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!
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!
Today, enjoy the R&B sounds from Zambian singer, rapper and entrepreneur, Pompi.
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)
For your Friday pleasure: sounds from "purveyor of rhythmic soul", London-based Ghanaian/Welsh singer/songwriter, Juliyaa.
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).