Thursday, August 30, 2012
‘THE BIGGEST AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL IN EUROPE EVER’
Africa Unplugged Ltd presents the largest African music festival in Europe….ever! ‘Africa Unplugged Music Festival is taking place on bank holiday Monday the 27th of August 2012, at Wembley Arena in support of SaveTheCongo and WarChildUk. Starting 5pm -11pm
Africa Unplugged will educate, motivate and inspire all by shedding light on the plight of Mother Africa and the daily issues she faces. This includes: Genocide, Poverty, Corruption, War, HIV, Water Shortage and Malaria. We will celebrate the spirit of Africa through music, comedy and dance.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
In case you missed it, the mega hit superstar is now into Reggae. We at Pan Africa are particularly loving this transformation to a more positivist approach to musical production. We look forward to hearing his new album and watching his journey to Snoop Lion in his upcoming documentary. Very intriguing. Find below the article from NY times.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
An absolutely beautiful number from a great collection. Be sure to own this if you don't already.
It is known that Dbanj, the other big house out of Nigeria is joining forces with Kanye West. We are looking forward to the results of that collaboration.
Meanwhile, enjoy more P-square here.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
GET YOUR DANCING SHOES ON: If you are a little bit behind the new hits from the continent like us at Pan Africa (we have been busy with the humanitarian work we are involved in) then you may have missed the new love being shown to MTN Project Fame West Africa winner Iyanya. His single, Kukere, has everyone dancing. Although the artist from Ghana has released an official video himself, there are several entertaining ones on the net. If you are a dancer, you will like the two we have included here because you can actually learn some good dance steps from them. As you may know, there is an AZonto dance fever on the west coast of the continent, which I am sure will go east and even south soon.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Tiken Jah Fakoly, Duggy Tee, Sekouba Bambino, Moussa Mbaye, Didier Awadi, Sia Tolno, Takana Zion, Mory KAnte, Phaduba, Fode Baro, Elie Kamano, Bouba Kirikou, Sekouba Kandia, Sona Tata, Ras Condel, Joe Dioubate, Mister X, Abdoul Jabbar, Lama Sidibé & Baraka.
He is featured on Steel Pulse: African Holocaust, on Didier Awadi: Stoppez les criminels, on Riké: Airt Frais, onBernard Lavilliers: Carnets De Bord, on Amadou & Mariam: Dimanche À Bamako, on Dub Incorporation Diversité, and on Tata Pound: Cikan. He also appears on the compilationAfrican Consciences with Mebgane N’Dour. He will be featured in the upcoming movie Les Oiseaux Du Ciel, directed by Eliane de Latour. 2009 "Africa's Reggae Legend in the Making", Directed by Mackie Fagan.
He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period and was South Africa's biggest selling reggae artist. On 21 October 2008, Rykodisc released a compilation album entitled Retrospective, which featured many of Dube's most influential songs as well as previously unreleased tracks in the United States. The album celebrated Dube's music and honored the contributions he made to South Africa.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Rising Malian artist who was born in Ivory Coast stays close to her roots and traditions, addressing issues facing women in her work.
"In the Wassoulou musical tradition, women address issues of childbearing and polygamy, but Diawara's perspective as a half-outsider allows her to tackle yet more sensitive issues, such as female genital mutilation. (On the gentle ballad Boloko, she sings, as it's translated: "If you circumcise girls/ You will make their intimate moments difficult/ They will always have problems with childbirth".)" Caspar Llewellyn Smith
Enjoy Bissa from her debut album 'Fatou'
On PanAfrica WORT 89.9 FM: African Ambiance Show, Africa Fest in Madison, Preview Orton Park with Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars Band
Tune in this Saturday, August 18th, 2-4 PM Central (3-5 PM EST) (http://www.wort-fm.org/
for another edition of Panafrica show featuring diverse, hip deep,
swing, energetic, rhythmic dance beats from Africa and the
Diaspora. From soukous, ndombolo, rumba, mabalax, makossa,
bikutsi, township beats, kwaito, bonga flava, rai, funana, zouk,
Afrobeats, Naija beats, soca, calypso, coumbia, reggae to dancehall,
you will have an eclectic collection of sounds and irresistible
dance beats across the Panafrican world that will surely get you moving.
Saturday is also Africa Festival in Madison, Wisconsin with a celebration of the rich diverse cultural heritage of the continent and diaspora on display. Thrpoughout the day, Africa Fest will feature music, fashion shows, dance, food, and more stuff. Call in to Panafrica with your Africa Fest updates and music requests.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Sidi Touré is, like the famous Ali Farka Touré, a songhaï from the north of Mali, but unlike the latter, Sidi is from Gao, the capital of the ancient songhaï empire. During his childhood, Sidi Touré was the leadsinger of the school band, but his family was initially opposed to a potential musical career. Nevertheless, in 1976, he became member of the regional orchestra of Gao, the Songhaï Stars. At that time, the government of Mali supported cultural and musical expression through bi-annual festivals (Biennale), where each region of Mali was represented by an orchestra and a traditional ensemble.
The Pan Africa hosts have been blessed to present Angelique Kidjo twice in concerts. You have to see her live to understand her force. Magnificent artist!
him, they wouldn't be able to get enough. His voice is outta this space. You have to hear him live to understand but in the meantime enjoy this track.
A bit of History:
Koffi whose father is Congolese (Gbandi tribe from Equateur region) and mother Sierra-Leonean earned a scholarship and went to study in Bordeaux,France where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Economics. He is also reported to have a master's degree.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Before performing at La Fete de Marquette (2011), Baloji, the upcoming artist from Congo (based in Belgium) and the band stopped by Pan Africa. It was a wonderful time. Baloji is a well spoken young man. His quest to keep the traditional form of congolese music is admirable. He shared with the listeners that he went to congo to record a number of songs on his most recent Album. Emphasizing his conscious effort to include veterans and legends.......Hats off to you BALOJI and more grease to your elbows.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
On Panafrica WORT 89.9FM - Acoustic Africa Blues-Jazz and More, Professor John Francis (PlanetWalker), Superstars Amadou & Miriam in Madison
Tune in this Saturday, August 4th, 2-4 PM Central (3-5 PM EST) (http://www.wort-fm.org/
Then our studio guest is Professor John Francis, an environmental activist, former United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador, Banjo Player and author of Planetwalker: How to Change Your World One Step at a Time. Spurred by a 1971 oil spill in California, he took a vow of silence for 17 years and eschewed motor vehicles for 22 years, walking across North and South America and spreading inspiration and environmental awareness. Along the way, Francis earned three degrees, including a Ph.D. at UW–Madison, and worked with groups ranging from the U.S. military to the United Nations. He is now a National Geographic Education Fellow and runs the non-profit Planetwalk, dedicated to environmental education. Francis is spending the 2011-12 academic year teaching in the UW–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. We will have an exclusive interview with John Francis on his journey, life, and more.