Afro-jazz pioneer Manu Dibango has died from coronavirus
24 March 2020 | 1:20 pm
Dibango is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19. The Cameroonian saxophonist and singer blazed a trail for the distinctive funk/soul and jazz sound of his homeland to find global audiences.
27 May 2020
The Yeke Yeke singer who brought West African music to the world in the 1980s has died in his native Guinea. His son said the coronavirus travel restrictions prevented him from travelling to France for health treatment.
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It’s a far-reaching, pan-African project, brought to our screens by musician, actress and activist Inna Modja. The Malian singer has lent her talents to the documentary "The Great Green Wall"; she spoke to FRANCE 24 about her participation in the film and the environmental initiative it focuses on.
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The slaying of vocalist and activist Hachalu Hundessa has triggered violent protests across Oromia and Addis Ababa. The government has been accused of cutting internet access to suppress the unrest.
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6 Oct 2020
Róisín Murphy has always straddled the line between full-blown popstar and underground queen. Whilst maximalist pop may currently be serving superstars like Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa, Róisín has always kept it edgy. Her new album "Róisín Machine" comes after the singer-songwriter kept busy during lockdown writing her next album and putting on live performances for her fans. We caught up with the Irish native to find out more about this album packed with dark disco anthems. Plus, we take a look at new tracks by Dizzee Rascal and Metz.
13 Oct 2020
Multi-platinum selling Nigerian artist, songwriter and entertainer Darey is a superstar in his home country and respected around the world. His music has been nominated at the World Music Awards and the MTV Music Video Awards and he's graced the stage with the biggest names including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Sean Paul, Kelly Rowland and Cardi B. After being away for nearly five years as an active musician, the Afro-pop pioneer and influencer is back with a new EP called "Way Home". For this African-inspired release, Darey draws from the deep well of his Yoruba heritage and its storytelling tradition.
9 Dec 2020
With nearly two decades of music behind her, Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun has made a name for herself the world over as a moving and passionate songwriter. This autumn, she's back with her first body of original music in five years, two albums released a month apart: "After the Great Storm" and "How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow". She tells FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot about the different moods and musical landscapes on the album and how they reflect two sides of her.
17 Jan 2021
With a voice that's both soulful and haunting, London-based singer-songwriter Luca Wilding has carved out a niche in poetic, storytelling songs with a melancholy edge. He's been dubbed an artist to keep an eye out for. He tells FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot about his debut EP "To", a beautiful and unique collection of dream-folk songs released back in November. We also look at new releases from French trip-hop producer Wax Tailor as well as LA-based duos Rhye and Midnight Sister.
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Pop, rock or punk: Yungblud doesn't like to be put in a box. He's only 23 but the musician already has a strong fan base and videos that notch up millions of views on social media. Yungblud's flamboyant style sets him apart. It's no surprise he's received accolades from Sir Elton John or Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl. Clovis Casali sat down with him in Paris for the release of his new album "Weird".
6 Feb 2021
India's government lashes out at foreign celebrities for weighing in on the ongoing farmers' protests. They don't mention Rihanna by name, but the comments come after a tweet by the singer went viral, prompting The Times of India to praise her for bringing Indian farmers "under her umbrella". We also look at reactions to the Golden Globe nominations, a historic ruling holding the French government responsible for climate change and a story about pubic hair illustrated with grated carrots!
26 Mar 2021
On this week's Middle East Matters, we're joined by a singer whose voice has been compared to the legendary French singer-songwriter Edith Piaf. Barbara Pravi, whose mother is Iranian, hails from a family of musicians and artists. In May, she'll be flying the flag for France in the Eurovision Song Contest. She tells us more.
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