SoundCheck! #AfrotainmentMUSEKEawards

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Yes! The Afrotainment Museke Online Africa Music Awards Show is here! The anticipation has been building in the last few months and now finally the results are in…well not quite in less than 12 hours we will all know :)

Yesterday evening, I go received a chance to get a sneak peak at what is to be expected tomorrow evening during the show! And I must say I am quite impressed! 

Even more lucky I received a chance to see Blitz the Ambassador & The Embassy Band prepare for tonight’s show!  They are awesome! Wish I was not so shy or else I would have asked some questions and for a picture LoL.

Nonetheless…I have to get ready for the show which will be airing on Afrotainment Channel DISH Network Ch. 751  & Afrotainment TV Ch.  667.  Also it airs online @ 8pm on Featuring LIVE performances by Les Nubians, Blitz the Ambassador, Iyadede, and Les Belle D'Africque!!!

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Zim dominates Afrotainment-Museke awards

Six top notch Zimbabwean born musicians have been nominated for this year’s third edition of the Afrotainment-Museke Online African Music Awards (Moamas), which will be announced via an event at Afrotainment’s New York studios on September 24 this year.

These include dancehall kingpin Winky D, South African based Jah Seed of Bongo Muffin, UK based R ‘n’ B duo B Kay and Kazz, and Australian based Audius Mutawarira, including little known Tinashe and Shingai Shoniwa.

Around 2006, while working at MTV Base, I joined a team of pretty awesome Fans of African Music. As a producer and researcher, I had grown really frustrated at the lack of information available online about African music and artists. They were emerging and they had started breaking out of their own borders, but it was still hard. In South Africa, local radio stations weren’t trying to mess with artists from outside of the country. No one cared about these artists when they came for shows, no one gave a shit that P Square sold five times what any South African artist could ever dream of. No one was buying what we were selling.

I am proud to say that Museke has contributed to the immense change in the way Africans view and consume African music and also the way African artists relate to one another. We have worked hard to put information on the internet at a time when it wasn’t available and artists didn’t realise the importance of using the internet, or simply didn’t know how. We have introduced artists to one another, and celebrated when artists from completely different countries and regions collaborate as a result of a relationship with Museke. 

A few years ago, we started the first ever music awards that are based completely on what the fans want and vote for, and last year, we even hosted the Museke Online African Music Awards live from New York. 

We have a long way to go in our work and while we’re updating our website, we’ve started a Tumblr. If you like African music, you might be familiar with If you aren’t familiar, it’s time to join the party.

Sewwwwwwww please follow us! - we encourage submissions to help us continue covering the vast expanse of our continent and we are always looking for guest bloggers to contribute or join our team! 

At 21, Toya Delazy is the newest South African star to burst onto the entertainment scene. Originally from KwaZulu Natal, attended Howard College in Kwazulu Natal, where she would specialise in Jazz and more specifically, piano. While at Howard, she started performing at the Winston Pub (a rock venue), and in 2009, she went out into the music world on her own.

She was later signed to Sony Music Africa on a 360 degree deal and went on to release her debut album, Due Drop, which has jazz, electro, hip hop and pop influences. The lead single, Pump It On has garnered fans and has also received airplay on Trace TV and MTV Base. 

Toya is no stranger to music. She’s said that she’s always been surrounded by music growing up, but what many aren’t aware of is that her musical roots go way deeper than that. As a great-grand-daughter of the prolific music royal, Princess Magogo, the classical Zulu music composer (and mother to Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi), Toya Delazy has the influences of music running through her veins!

Find her on Twitter: @Toyadelazy

Ghanaian 4x4 recently released their album, titled Waist & Power. The album is laced with ragga/dancehall flavour courtesy of CoDed, while Captain Planet waxes lyrical in at least four different Ghanaian languages and the Fresh Prince lends his R&B crooner vibe to the project. It’s available for sale at iTunes and Amazon.


21 July - 22 July 2012

BT River of Music - Africa Stage

A weekend of free music from around the world on stages along the River Thames

Did you say FREE MUSIC?! The weekend will feature some of Africa’s finest, including Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Seckou Keita (Senegal), Angelique Kidjo (Benin), King Sunny Ade (Nigeria), Staff Benda Bilili (DRC), The Noisettes (UK, Zimbabwe) and Baaba Maal (Senegal). IT’S FREE!!!

For more info peep the London 2012 Festival website

Bouncing towards me on his alligator-skin trainers, Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo opts for a one-armed hip-hop hug when at last we meet. Not only does he look the part – the shoes are by designer Philipp Plein, his T-shirt’s Calvin Klein and around his neck hangs a dazzling chain created by Jacob “The Jeweller” Arabo, purveyor of “bling blings” to the hip-hop elite – but he smells it, too: an almost suffocating cloud of lavender scent hangs in the air.

D'Banj, as he shortens his name, is the biggest name in entertainment inNigeria and has the potential to become the first-ever artist from Africa to compete on equal terms with any acts in the western pop firmament. It’s the brash, moneyed, sexy version of the continent – home to seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world – that he represents. Today he is in the UK promoting his Top 10 hit Oliver Twist, a ribald account of the famous women he fancies, from Nicki Minaj and Rihanna to the Ghanaian actress Nadia Buhari. Recently he heard it being used as the background music to a party in EastEnders – precisely the sort of mainstream attention that he wants to receive.

Oliver Twist on Eastenders?! What a great pre-birthday gift for me from the UK!! Oossshheee!! LEBETE!

— D'banj kokomaster(@iamdbanj) June 8, 2012

It quickly becomes apparent that the 32-year-old, acclaimed by his peers back home in Lagos for his relentless drive, is difficult to stop once he’s on a roll. “I’m so excited – not just for me, but for the whole of Africa,” he says. “Two years ago I said it’s time for me to take my music global because I’ve won all the awards back home.” With his mentor, the producer Don Jazzy, he created the biggest record label in Nigeria, but “now I want to win a Brit award, a Grammy”.

“Yes, we have MTV, yes, we sell millions of records and have endorsement deals, but we’ve never felt as if we’re part of the same music industry as the rest of the world – the Kanye Wests, the Adeles and Tinie Tempahs,” he continues. “I see what I’m doing now as the bridge that we’ve been looking for from Africa to the mainstream world. I want others to see the potential in my country, other than our oil and natural resources. That’s what’s making me move. I feel like a new artist.”

The first time I laid eyes on D'Banj it was in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, in late 2008, when he waltzed away with three accolades including Artist of the Year at the first-ever MTV Africa awards. Just before he turns up for our encounter in London, the ebullient Bankulli, his manager, shows me footage on YouTube of him on the promo trail in the UK, visiting a school in Plumstead demonstrating how to do the “Oliver Twist” dance to a background of shrill screams from the pupils. It’s not just hard to think of another African artist who’d engender such a reaction at a south London secondary school, it’s tricky to think of that many homegrown pop stars who could incite quite as much hysteria. But over the past three or four years, there’s been a growing appetite for what are styled “Afro beats” among that key pop demographic in this country.

Listen to DJ Abrantee’s show on Choice FM on Saturday nights or DJ Edu on Radio 1 Extra with his Destination Africa programme on Sundays and you’ll hear the likes of Sarkodie and Efya (from Ghana) or P-Square, WizKid and – especially – D'Banj (all from Nigeria). Rickie Davies runs awebsite promoting Afro beats in the UK, and she describes “a real shift in perceptions among audiences in the UK. No one’s talking about this as if it’s ’world music’,” she says, “or alien to the culture here.” Abrantee told me recently of the deeper impact of this burgeoning scene. “When I was growing up in London,” he said, “you never let on that your family came from Africa – it was too embarrassing. Everyone pretended they came from the Caribbean. But suddenly black kids from Ghana or Nigeria are saying it’s cool to come from there.”

“It’s very humbling, my success here,” D'Banj says. “Coming from Africa – Nigeria – doing music for a decade there… it’s a different world.”

Ten days earlier, I’d flown to Nigeria to meet D'Banj, and ended up on a whistle-stop tour of the Lagos nightlife scene with one of his younger peers. Ice Prince arrives at the Oriental hotel with an entourage that includes his own bodyguard, a figure so strapping that he’d be slightly intimidating even without the Soviet assault rifle. As he explains, over the culinary challenge that is a bowl of egusi soup in a fast-food joint in the upmarket district of Lekki, he’s simply there to intimidate the sort of crazy fans that any fledgling pop star will encounter.

“I can’t normally eat in a place like this,” Ice Prince explains. “I just get too much attention.” Instead he has a cook at home, and when he drives around the city in his white Land Rover, his assistant will pull bundles of naira banknotes out of a black bin liner to shower on the crowds who surround him – both a bid to distract them and, as it’s explained to me: “It’s expected of you here. If you don’t, people will start saying God thinks badly of you.”

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#LyricsToday: Sauti Sol - Coming Home

Mpenzi leo naenda safari, safari na ni ya mbali
Ukiwaka kunimisi madam tabasamu kidogo
And every stage and every song I play

Every fan that will scream my name
I will always be with you in my heart, I will miss you forever

My days are long (kweli nakupenda)
My nights so cold (kweli ninakutaka)
I miss your touch (kweli ninakupenda)
I miss your love

I’m coming home…

Whenever wherever I go you’re on my mind all the time
I miss you mpenzi I miss you ma cherie
Even with all the girls, all the work, all the time I spend away
Always know I love you baiby, my one and only

My days are long (kweli nakupenda)
My nights so cold (kweli ninakutaka)
I miss your touch (kweli ninakupenda)
I miss your love…

Popote ulipo ninakuwaza mama
Popote ulipo cherie wee you’re my only lady
Narudi salama
Nakozonga kalamingite, bolingo nangai
Popote ulipo ninakuwaza mama
Popote ulipo cherie wee you’re my only lady
Narudi salama

My days are long (kweli nakupenda)
My nights so cold (kweli ninakutaka)
I miss your touch (kweli ninakupenda)
I miss your love…


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An African gypsy with a Romanian mother. For a while he lived in Romania but his heart, his home, is Africa. In Ghana, where we met him in a place near Accra, Wanlov is a star, but the uniqueness of his music makes him relevant internationally as well, bringing him to South America and New York for a series of shows. He dresses eclectically, with scarves worn like skirts, t-shirt, vest and necktie. This is how he showed up for our meeting in a bar outside the city. “I wore the tie for the first time in 2009 and haven’t taken it off since. It’s part of my style.

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#Single | Viviane Ndour - Soldier Girl remix ft Mavado & Busta Rhymes

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The Beautiful Viviane Chidid ( Ndour) released this Single titled Soldier Girl (Remix). If you feel that you have heard the song before, then you must have listened to ex G-Unit singer Olivia’s version. Here is Vivi’s version of the track. The song is a product of Jerry Wonda’s Wonda Music production. Viviane bagged nominations at the Camerounian Entertainment Awards and the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, and is previously a winner at the Museke Online African Music Awards.