South African artist, Shimza releases debut EP on his very own imprint, Kunye

17th November 2020 BY checkoutafrica

Shimza stands as one of South Africa’s most prolific contemporary stars. Following a historic livestream performance from Robben Island in July 2020 to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day, Shimza continues his crusade to promote South Africa’s rich musical heritage with the launch of his new Kunye label. Marking the imprint’s inaugural release, the Gauteng-born artist offers his own stunning three-track ‘Calling…

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DJ Cuppy; Princess of afrobeat’s

11th November 2020 BY Ivis Ngwenya

I first met Cuppy on channel 4 when she participated in the show Lagos to London and from then I have been obsessed with her, so you can all imagine how excited I was when she released her debut single green light to now in 2020, 4 years later shes realised her DEBUT ALBUM! As one of the original cupcakes,…

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10 Sierra Leonean Albums You Should Be Listening to!

19th September 2020 BY Abu B. Yillah

I know, I know… you’ve read articles like these millions of time but have you ever read one that is dedicated strictly to Sierra Leonean artists?  Yes? Ok no worries, read it again anyway. In music, like many other art forms, there is strength in numbers when it comes to overall exposure and reach. This means amazing artists in countries…

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Vee Mukarati; the Vanguard of Zimbabwean Contemporary Jazz Music

22nd August 2020 BY Gerald Muchandiona

Vera Nazarian once said that “If music is a place… then Jazz is the City, Folk is Wilderness, Rock is the Road and Classical is a Temple.” Indeed Jazz is a special genus and one of those dazzling diamonds of the creative industry that aids human beings to make sense out of life calamities and contextualise life. Vee Mukarati, the…

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Takura’s Conscious Intercession – ‘Mufaro’

11th August 2020 BY Kevin Mwenye

Quick Review Surely we can all agree that the world’s recent shape has been draining to say the least, and most hope for many people including music enthusiasts and creatives is seeded in the art and creative content being released and fed on timelines on a daily basis, and as always Takura, the Zimbabwean music maestro, did not fail his…

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Blood & Water’s Khosi Ngema

3rd August 2020 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Is anyone else still obsessing over blood and water or is it just me? For the first time in a long time, I fell in love with a series on Netflix again! I am so obsessed with SA soaps and telenovelas so it was nice to see a teenage drama series from the country, because if there is anyone that…

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A-STAR x MISTA SILVA x FLAVA x KWAMZ – DANCE WITH THE KINGS

27th July 2020 BY checkoutafrica

After 10 Years from releasing their smash hit  “Bo WonSem Ma Me” (clap your hands for me) the highly respected pioneers of Afrobeats music in the United Kingdom have come together again to give us another fantastic massive song titled rightly so (DANCE WITH THE KINGS), the song represents the culture to core coming from the streets to the global world, demonstrating the…

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Juls x Checkoutfrica

22nd July 2020 BY Zinitha

In an interview with Checkoutafrica, Ghanaian renowned producer sits down to talk about his experience. We covered his rise to success, his first project leap of faith right up to some of his projects that have been released this year which are happy place, fufu and grits with Sango and of course his new single blessed featuring Donaeo and Miraa…

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The Kenyan Music Industry & the Kenyan Matatu Culture

19th June 2020 BY Junior Rebel

One of the most notable things, when you come to Nairobi, is the public transportation. We have a unique transport system, generally referred to as “Matatu Culture”. The matatus are mini-busses but customized to fit a particular design, with a big and loud sound system, party lights, big LED screens (some with small personal screens behind every passenger seat) and…

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