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Mbongwana Star: The shock of the new

This weekend Yakala ‘Coco’ Ngambali and Nsituvuidi ‘Theo’ Nzonza will perform with their new band, Mbongwana Star, to a 40,000-strong crowd in the UK. Playing at …

Zimbabwe’s Mane Man

Known as the Lion of Zimbabwe, Thomas Mapfumo has never been afraid to roar against injustices carried out by those in power.To describe Thomas Mapfumo as …

Sahal message – Songhai Blues

You would be forgiven if thought that you have heard the music on Gandadiko before, that it seems oddly familiar. For Gandadiko is the fourth …

Maninka tradition: Les Editions Vévé

Verkys, aka George Mateta Kiamuangana, is a name that sits proudly alongside such Congolese luminaries as Franco and Tabu Lay Rochereau. And there were important …

Maninka tradition: A family affair

The three instruments that underpin traditional music – the kora (a multistringed upright lute), the balafon (xylophone) and ngoni (a large bass harp) are all …

An aural history: Mali’s big band swing

When Mali gained its independence from France in 1960, it ushered in an era of intense musical activities with the establishment of regional bands that …

Music for Change

The Playing for Change movement’s self-professed philosophy is aimed at “inspiring, connecting, and bringing peace to the world through music”. And it achieves both the …