MANANA; Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight

11th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Hailing from Mbabane the Southern African mountains of Eswatini, Manana (Ndumiso Manana), the young and multi-talented singer, composer, producer emanates humility and kindness. His work suggests deep bravery, emotional maturity and honesty which makes him instantly relatable. Whether it’s behind a piano or microphone, he is able to express what the heart needs to hear; simply and honestly. Manana is not just a formidable singer and poignant lyricist. He has writing credentials on some beloved South African and African tracks. Having written for and worked with Ami Faku on eBhayi, Amanda Black on Africa and Sauti Sol on Feel My Love, as well as worked with Seba Kappastad, Rowlene, and the upcoming Mila Smith,  Manana oozes a gentle and wise musicality in every one of his offerings and is poised to be a household name for his ever-growing songbook.   Manana released his debut EP, In The Beginning, Was The End towards the back end of 2020. This EP reflects on the relationship with two emotive beings through sound. It captures the light and shade of growing and fading relationships, With his own marriage as his compass – it is a relatable love story narrated backwards.  Where do you draw inspiration from as a song writer? Uhmmmm I will say that the first point of entry of inspiration is probably my own relationship with my wife. The relationship and friendship that we have shared over the…

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Valee Music Takes on Amapiano

10th March 2021 BY Zinitha

The Uk afro pop queen Valee Music is at it again this time with a surprise Amapiano single. Fused with elements of Afro soul and House music; Don’t want your love is the perfect after valentines jam a love song with a twist. In her words “DWYL” talks about not settling. Its about knowing your worth and not accepting every…

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#UbuOnTour – African Music Documentary Series

21st December 2020 BY Abu B. Yillah

Landing on your screens from Monday 21st December, catch the stars of YouTube channel The Ubunifu Space in a documentary series capturing the synergy between UK and African music. The Ubunifu Space celebrates the sounds from African artists both in the continent and its diaspora. The concept is simple – a group of friends watch and react to videos by artists…

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Adrian Dzvuke: The Zimbabwean Voice Rocking Australian Airwaves and Festivals

16th December 2020 BY Gerald Muchandiona

There is already quite a buzz around Zimbabwean born singer and songwriter, Adrian Dzvuke. He is an award winning RnB and afro-fusion artist killing it Australia. His start story is close to unbelievable of how him and his friends believed so much in their abilities that they saved up to start a band and the journey has been amazing ever…

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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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International Afro Dance Festival 2020

21st September 2020 BY Ivor Moyo

The International Afro Dance Fest 2020 is an exciting online event celebrating contemporary African Dance through the youthful global leaders of the burgeoning Afrobeats dance scene. Hosted by The Africa Centre, in Southwark, London, this ambitious project will connect young, energetic, and unapologetically African dancers from three continents and provide a virtual platform for them to showcase their talent. Nigeria,…

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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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CheckoutAfrica : SOMA – Rudeboi Video Premiere

18th September 2020 BY Zinitha

Known for his artistic presentation for his music and unique collaborations Shumba Maasai is an up and coming independent artist who is making waves in the creative scene. I have watched him perform live and he has always provided an experience whether  he performs live, or listening to his songs or watching visuals. As an African he has exposed our…

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