In Kenya, music is East African history past and present
15 June 2018 | 1:04 pm
Music in East Africa is a record of the history, struggles and aspirations of the region. DW's Edith Kimani traces patterns in Kenyan music, from a collection of second-hand vinyl records to one of today's hottest Afro-pop bands.
Nigerian singer Bella Shmurda in a recent sit down with The Guardian Life has called on establish entertainers to educate upcoming artists about what is needed to survive in the Nigerian music industry.
Singer Bella Shmurda sat down with The Guardian Life for rapid-fire questions. Enjoy!
One of America's largest events -- Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago -- is underway this weekend, to the delight of fans and to the despair of others. The four day music festival is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to downtown Chicago each day, at a moment when coronavirus cases are on the rise and vaccinations have plateaued. Lollapalooza has said their policy is for unvaccinated people to wear masks and show a recent negative Covid test.
Going back to live performances is very much on the mind of musicians these days, after months of introspective confinements and home recordings due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Ben Shemie from Suuns tells us more about his band's new album "The Witness", whose instinctive new sound will soon be taken to the stage, first in their native Canada and then on tour in Europe.
Nigeria's foremost highlife musician, Sir Victor Uwaifo passed away a few days ago at the age of 80. GuardianTV takes a look at the life and time of the legendary singer and how he impacted the Nigerian music industry during his time.
Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin, a creative, festival curator, producer, and programmer with 15-years of experience in music and film production, shares his view on education, Africa, and how he earned a two-year fellowship at the University of Art, Berlin without having the first degree.
Tucked away in an indoor market in Manchester, northwest England, lies the last shop in Britain dedicated to selling cassettes. Mars Tapes, founded in 2019 by a group of music lovers, is tapping into a nostalgic trend in cultural consumption accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic.
British electronic duo Jungle appeared out of nowhere in late 2013 as a mystery group, but their slick funk-pop singles quickly propelled them to fame. Their 2014 self-titled debut album was certified Gold in the UK and their follow up album "For Ever" confirmed their success around the world. This summer, they released their third studio album "Loving in Stereo", a collection of wall-to-wall bangers bursting with life. Josh Lloyd-Watson sat down with FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot to talk about what inspired this 13-track bundle of love.
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