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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 …

Soutak: Aziza Brahim

Aziza Brahim, the poet, singer and musician, is passionate about her homeland. Writing in her CD’s liner notes, she comments “… when we speak about our country, we speak of a country where one in not allowed to live in freedom, in one’s space, with official status.