Posts tagged "Africa"

WATCH THIS: Jojo Abot “To Li” Offical Music Video

WATCH THIS: Jojo Abot "To Li" Offical Music Video

Reasoning With Ghana’s Next To Bust

As the new year begins, so does the quest for which new artist will make an impact on the scene. One of those artist could be ghanaian singer/songwriter Jojo Abot who seamlessly blends electronica, indie-soul, reggae, house, and acoustic instrumentation on top of vocals sung in either English or Ewe, a language spoken in southern Ghana. Abot spends her time between three different locations, her native Ghana, Copenhagen, and New York City. The first part of 2017 already saw her performing at Global Fest on Jan.8th at Webster Hall in NYC, three days later at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, and the MLH (Ms. Lauryn Hill) Caravan at Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 25th. For the latter performance, Abot will be opening for Ms. Lauryn Hill along with Little Simz, and Kehlani. Video And Interview After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Alpha Blondy “My American Dream (Official Music Video)”

WATCH THIS: Alpha Blondy "My American Dream (Official Music Video)"

America Isn’t All That It Seems

Everyday people all over the world, pack up their belongings, grab their families and hop on a plane, boat or what have you all in hopes of a better life. Most find their way to the good ol’ U.S of A with the promise of the elusive “American Dream.”  Alpha Blondy wasn’t so fortunate, his American dreams as he states was a nightmare, and for more than a few immigrants the pressures of a new life can be scary. The one comfort all immigrants share is that if anything goes wrong, we can always go home. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Fuse ODG Talks “This Is New Africa” Movement

Fuse ODG Talks "This Is New Africa" Movement

UK Afrobeat Artist On A Mission To Make Worldwide Music

Ghanian-born and South-London based, Fuse ODG is a pioneer of UK Afrobeat who’s now signed to 3Beat Records and his song “Antenna” is up for MTV Iggy’s “Song of the Year.” A few weeks after winning his first MOBO Award, Fuse spoke with Reshma B about his mission to instill African pride in his people and why he says he was ready to die for Africa. “Every time I step on that soil I’m happy… The message is my album is gonna be life-changing.” Fuse proudly proclaims his love for his mom—and by extension, all women. “Every woman is a potential mother,” he says, “and just in that respect women are more powerful than men.” He even blessed the Boomshots massive with an exclusive acappela preview of one of his new tunes.  Video After The Jump… Read more »

Author Treks Through Jamaica, Africa, and the USA “Searching For Zion”

Author Treks Through Jamaica, Africa, and the USA "Searching For Zion"

Emily Raboteau’s New Book Is One Reggae Lover’s Literary Quest For The Promised Land

In her book Searching For Zion, Emily Raboteau sets off on a diasporic quest for the mythical promised land that so many reggae artists have sung about over the years. If you’ve ever been puzzled by songs like Demond Dekker’s “The Israelites” or Dennis Brown’s “Children of Israel” then this book is just what you’re looking for. Why are Jamaican Rastafarians so obsessed with Israel anyway? And what about those elaborately dressed black Israelites one sometimes encounters on street corners? As a lover of Jah music and the daughter of an expert in African-American religion, the acclaimed author was well aware of the concept of “Zion” as a “place black people yearned to be.” Over the course of ten years, she visited Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, and the American South, speaking with Rastas, mystics, and Katrina refugees, shedding light on their shared plight as well as their shared visions. While you wait for this enlightening book to download, check out Some of Our Favorite Zionist Reggae Jams After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: D’Banj “Oliver”

Nigeria’s MoHits Crew Sure Are Putting Out Some G.O.O.D. Music

New name for guys who can’t seem to get enough: “You’re just an Oliver Twist.” Read more »

WATCH THIS: Wyre feat Ce’Cile “She Say Dat” Remix

Bad Gyal Ce’Cile Links w Kenyan Artist, Shoots Video In Man Tief Mode

Some people talk about “2 Di World” but Ce’Cile really takes it there. “De ting a get crazy inna Kenya,” she told me backstage at Reggae Sumfest in MoBay… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Taj Weekes “Janjaweed”

St. Lucian Reggae Artist Sings About Sudan’s “Devils on Horseback”

To  commemorate the independence of the Republic of South Sudan, Taj Weekes & Adowa present “Janjaweed.” Read more »

WATCH THIS: Tarrus Riley “Shaka Zulu Pickney”

“Me Nah Go Bleach,” says Singy Singy “Me Say Me Nah Dilute It”

“Ancestors no leave me,” Tarrus Riley pleads in this rootical new selection that premiered just in time for Black History Month. As fate would have it, the video premiered in Jamaica the same day that the respected New York radio DJ Chris Dubb Master of IRie Jam decided to ban Vybz Kartel’s music for the month of February. In comes something completely different. Read more »

And Now, A Word From His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I

“With Faith, Courage And A Just Cause, David Will Still Beat Goliath”

Well said. But how was the King of Kings really living? Read more »

WATCH THIS: Meta & The Cornerstones “Cornerstone”

Roots Rock Reggae Straight Outta Senegal By Way of Brooklyn

The realest video we’ve seen in a long while comes from Senegal-born Meta Dia and his BK-based ensemble The Cornerstones. Refreshing, upful, truthful in so many ways. But it’s not for the ADD generation. Got to give this one time… Read more »

WATCH THIS: AiRis “Without You”

Can This Nigerian-Egyptian Charmer Become The African Ashanti?

Born in Cairo, Egypt to a Nigerian Father and an Egyptian mother, Asmaa Idrisu spent her young adult years shuttling between Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and Egypt. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Damian Marley & Nas “As We Enter”

Dungload The Official First Single Off The Distant Relatives Project

We brought you a snippet last summer. Now check the full version as Jr. Gong and Esco go in.

Dungload the track here.