Africa

  1. Youssou N'dour Named Senegal's Culture & Tourism Minister

    April 05, 2012 7:48 AM EDT DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Senegalese state television reports that world music icon Youssou N'dour has been named the West African country's minister for culture and tourism. Youssou Ndour Announces Bid for President of Senegal The announce ...

  2. Youssou Ndour Announces Bid for President of Senegal

    January 03, 2012 8:34 AM EST DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - World music icon Youssou Ndour says he plans to run in Senegal's presidential election next month, challenging an 85-year-old incumbent whose plans to seek a third term have sparked violent protests. Ndour, who made the ...

  3. Moshito Music Conference in Johannesburg: The New Mediums Are The Message

    September 02, 2011 9:18 AM EDT An opening address by Jim Griffin, Managing Director of Virginia-based digital music delivery consultancy, OneHouse LLC, on Aug. 31st set the tone for the three-day Moshito Music Conference in central Johannesburg. Now in its eighth year and due t ...

  4. Web Trends: Watch The New Weeknd Video

    August 22, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 10. chely wright : Country star Chely Wright married girlfriend Lauren Blitzer this past weekend Twitter Music Trends: #peopleiveseenlive: People are tweeting about who they've seen live Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: The 100 ...

  5. Foals To Headline Malawi's Lake of Stars Festival

    June 13, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Mercury Prize nominees, Foals, and multiple South African Music Award-winners, Freshlyground, have been named as headliners for the 2011 edition of Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi. This year taking place from Sept. 30 to Oct.2nd, the festival has ...

  6. IODA And Sony Launch IODA Africa

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Independent Online Distribution Alliance , a digital distribution company for the independent music industry, today announced the launch of IODA Africa, which it describes as the first global digital music distribution network in Sub-Saharan A ...

  7. 2Face, Sasha Win Big At MTV Africa Music Awards

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Artists from Nigeria and South Africa held sway over the third MTV Africa Music Awards, held Dec. 11 at the Eko Expo Hall in Lagos, Nigeria. Known as the Mamas, the event saw Nigerian R&B artist 2Face -- who won Best African Act at the MTV Eur ...

  8. Zimbabwe Bars Freshly Ground From Performing

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A South African pop group known for its World Cup collaboration with Shakira has been barred from performing in neighboring Zimbabwe after releasing a video depicting President Robert Mugabe as a chicken, band members said. Freshlyground singer Zo ...

  9. Lagos To Host MTV Africa Music Awards

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lagos in Nigeria has been selected as the host city of this year's MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs). It will be the second time in three years that the awards have taken place in Nigeria, following the inaugural MAMAs, which was held in Abuja ...

  10. Morocco Resists Islamist Calls To Ban Elton John

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elton John will headline Morocco's biggest music festival this week despite calls by religious conservatives for the gay singer to be turned away, the event's organizer said. Allowing the British singer and songwriter to perform at the M ...

  11. South Africa Set For Digital Music Expansion

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Charles Goldstuck, president of and CEO of TouchTunes Interactive Networks, predicts that South Africa's broadband network will be robust enough by mid-2010 to see the potential roll out of several global digital music platforms in the countr ...

  12. @MIDEM: South Africa Eyes World Cup Opportunities

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The South African delegation at MIDEM in Cannes has been discussing its plans to promote music at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South Africa is the country of honor at the MIDEM 2010 trade fair and conference, which will be marked at the opening night ...

  13. 'Commissioner' Gordon Unveils 360-Degree South African Label

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning producer and engineer 'Commissioner' Gordon Williams used the 2009 Moshito music conference at Museum Africa, Johannesburg to announce the formation of a South African-based label, studio and other elements. "The musi ...

  14. MTV Africa Music Awards Nominations Unveiled

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT South Africa and Nigeria lead the nominations list in the second MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) taking place in Kenya on Oct. 10. South Africa and Nigerian artists received 15 nominations, with Nigerian R&B artist 2Face notching up four MAMA ...

  15. Live Nation Expands Into South Africa

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has entered into a strategic alliance with South Africa's BIG Concerts. As part of the alliance, BIG Concerts will serve as the exclusive promotion partner for all Live Nation tours in South Africa. BIG Concerts sells more than 40 ...

  16. Liyana Defies Disabilities For Music's Sake

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music as an uplifting force takes on new meaning after hearing and watching Zimbabwe's Liyana perform. Despite physical challenges ranging from spina bifida to congenital joint impairment, the eight-member group-ages 17-23-offers up a stirrin ...

  17. Nigerian Acts Win Big At MTV Africa Music Awards

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first-ever MTV Africa Music Awards held in Abuja, Nigeria delivered a heavily Afro-centric show and winners' list that has been welcomed by the continent's industry. "The fact that the performances that really stole the show wer ...

  18. Line-Up Confirmed For MTV Africa Music Awards

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first ever MTV Africa Music Awards is set to stamp an Afrocentric flavour on the ceremony. Organisers of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain have revealed that the show will feature a tribute to the late, legendary Afrobeat artist Fela Aniku ...

  19. South African Singer Miriam Makeba Dies

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST South Africans are mourning the loss of Grammy-winning singer Miriam Makeba, who died in Italy on Sunday night (Nov. 9). The singer has been described as "one of the greatest songstresses of our time," by the country's Foreign Affai ...

  20. South African Jazz Giant Mseleku Dies

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The South African jazz scene is mourning the death of iconic artist, Bheki Mseleku following a long battle with diabetes. In statement, Minister of Arts & Culture in South Africa Pallo Jordan described Mseleku as a "supremely talented cre ...

  21. Nigeria Hosts Expanded ThisDay Fest

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT African music will form the foundation of Nigeria's expanded ThisDay festival, which begins in Lagos on July 13 with Senegal's Youssou N'Dour leading the charge. Organizers report that this year's third annual event at the This ...

  22. Mandela Confirms 46664 Concerts For 2008

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign will host two concerts in 2008. The former South African president made the announcement Saturday (Dec. 1) when he appeared on-stage at the 46664 music event at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium. The first ...

  23. Warner/Chappell Inks Refugee All Stars

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music will be administering publishing rights for the primary writers of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. The publisher has entered deals with Reuben Koroma, Ashade Pearce and Francis 'Franco' John Langba. Koroma an ...

  24. World Economic Forum Dances To African Beat

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST A selection of Africa's top artists will get the chance to showcase their talents this weekend before an audience of global leaders. The acts will perform Jan. 27 at the "Celebrate Africa" party, which will cap the World Economic Fo ...

  25. South African Artist Khanyile Dies

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran musician and songwriter, Jabu Khanyile, died in his Soweto home on Saturday (Nov. 11). He was 49. Veteran musician and songwriter, Jabu Khanyile, died in his Soweto home on Saturday (Nov. 11). He was 49. Khanyile had been ill for several m ...

  26. MySpace Hosting Concerts For Sudan Relief

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site will organize 20 concerts. The online hangout MySpace.com will organize 20 concerts featuring bands promoted on its site as part of a campaign to raise awareness and money for humanitarian relief in Sudan. The site, which grew in popularity t ...

  27. Robbie 2006 Tour To Visit SA, Europe

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Durban opens tour April 10. Durban opens tour April 10. News ...

  28. Image Ent Rejects Lions Gate Purchase Bid

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Terms determined to be too low. Home video distributor Image Entertainment yesterday (Oct. 31) rejected a purchase proposal from Lions Gate Entertainment. A special committee of Image's board of directors said that the terms of Lions Gate ...

  29. Lions Gate Buys Redbus For $35 Mil

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Toronto-based Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. said Oct. 18 it has acquired U.K. independent film distributor Redbus Group for $28 million in cash and $7 million in stock. CANNES, France (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Toronto-based Lions Gate Entertain ...

  30. Lions Gate Goes After Image Entertainment

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stock-based deal valued at about $93 million. Lions Gate Entertainment is attempting to purchase fellow independent video company Image Entertainment. Over the last few weeks, Santa Monica, Calif.-based Lions Gate has purchased about 19% percent, ...

  31. All-African Line-up Tapped For SA's Live 8

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will feature an all-African line-up of artists, including veteran reggae artist Lucky Dube and African pop group Malaika. A spokesperson today (June 22) confirmed the Jul Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will f ...

  32. All-African Line-up Tapped For SA's Live 8

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will feature an all-African line-up of artists, including veteran reggae artist Lucky Dube and African pop group Malaika. A spokesperson today (June 22) confirmed the Jul Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will f ...

  33. Artists Support Mandela AIDS Drive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Nelson Mandela joined movie and music stars on Saturday (March 19) at an international concert to raise funds for women in South Africa suffering from HIV/AIDS. Nelson Mandela joined movie and music stars on Saturday (March 19) at an international ...

  34. Artists Support Mandela AIDS Drive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Nelson Mandela joined movie and music stars on Saturday (March 19) at an international concert to raise funds for women in South Africa suffering from HIV/AIDS. Nelson Mandela joined movie and music stars on Saturday (March 19) at an international ...

  35. Sun City To Host SAMAs Mid-April

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST A spread of homegrown newcomers and veterans last night (March 15) garnered nominations for the 11th annual MTN South African Music Awards, which takes place April 15-16 at Sun City outside Johannesbu A spread of homegrown newcomers and veterans l ...

  36. South Africa To Stage Second 46664 Concert

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST A second concert benefiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 campaign in the fight against AIDS is set for March 19 at Fancourt in South Africa. The focus of this year's concert will be women and A second concert benefiting the Nels ...

  37. South Africa To Stage Second 46664 Concert

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST A second concert benefiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 campaign in the fight against AIDS is set for March 19 at Fancourt in South Africa. The focus of this year's concert will be women and A second concert benefiting the Nels ...

  38. Ashanti

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST A more confident-sounding Ashanti is onboard for her third time out. A more confident-sounding Ashanti is onboard for her third time out. News ...

  39. Global Pulse

    December 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST M'du Masilela, godfather of kwaito, relaunches his M'du Records with "Ya Rocka." Read Tom Ferguson's column. M'du Masilela, godfather of kwaito, relaunches his M'du Records with "Ya Rocka." Read Tom Fer ...

  40. IMMF Postpones Sudan Benefit Concerts

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST The International Music Managers' Forum (IMMF) has postponed a planned series of fundraising concerts for victims of the current crisis in Darfur, western Sudan. The International Music Managers' Forum (IMMF) has postponed a planned seri ...

  41. IMMF Postpones Sudan Benefit Concerts

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST The International Music Managers' Forum (IMMF) has postponed a planned series of fundraising concerts for victims of the current crisis in Darfur, western Sudan. The International Music Managers' Forum (IMMF) has postponed a planned seri ...

  42. Int'l Managers Plan Sudan Benefit Shows

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The International Music Managers' Forum (IMMF) is spearheading a series of charity concerts worldwide to raise funds for the stricken people of Darfur, western Sudan. The International Music Managers' Forum (IMMF) is spearheading a serie ...

  43. Int'l Managers Plan Sudan Benefit Shows

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The International Music Managers' Forum (IMMF) is spearheading a series of charity concerts worldwide to raise funds for the stricken people of Darfur, western Sudan. The International Music Managers' Forum (IMMF) is spearheading a serie ...

  44. Artists Line-Up for Sudan Charity Set

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M., David Gray and Jet are among the artists who have contributed exclusive material for an album to raise funds for the stricken people of Darfur, Western Sudan. R.E.M., David Gray and Jet are among the artists who have contributed exclusive ...

  45. Artists Line-Up for Sudan Charity Set

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R.E.M., David Gray and Jet are among the artists who have contributed exclusive material for an album to raise funds for the stricken people of Darfur, Western Sudan. R.E.M., David Gray and Jet are among the artists who have contributed exclusive ...

  46. African Artist Gnonnas Pedro Dies Aged 61

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT African author, composer and singer Gnonnas Pedro died August 12 of prostate cancer in a hospital of Cotonou, the capital of the West African country Benin. African author, composer and singer Gnonnas Pedro died August 12 of prostate cancer in a h ...

  47. African Artist Gnonnas Pedro Dies Aged 61

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT African author, composer and singer Gnonnas Pedro died August 12 of prostate cancer in a hospital of Cotonou, the capital of the West African country Benin. African author, composer and singer Gnonnas Pedro died August 12 of prostate cancer in a h ...

  48. South African Musician Sipho Gumede Dies

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT One of South Africa's most respected bass players and songwriters, Sipho Gumede, died Monday (July 26) in a Durban hospital following his admission for internal bleeding. He was 47. One of South Africa's most respected bass players and s ...

  49. South African Musician Sipho Gumede Dies

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT One of South Africa's most respected bass players and songwriters, Sipho Gumede, died Monday (July 26) in a Durban hospital following his admission for internal bleeding. He was 47. One of South Africa's most respected bass players and s ...

  50. Conference To Tackle Piracy In South Africa

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The fight against music piracy will be one of the topics discussed next week at the first conference for the various sectors of the South African music industry. JOHANNESBURG -- The fight against music piracy will be one of the topics discussed ne ...

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