Monthly Archives: July 2012

“Yedi Awereho” Tribute to John Atta Mills

One week ago Ghana was shocked by the sudden and unexpected death of President John Atta Mills. In the following days many Ghanaian artists uploaded songs to pay their personal tribute to their deceased president.

Today a group of sixteen Ghanaian artists released “Yedi Awereho“, a collective musical tribute. Here the list of artists: Rex Omar, Amakye Dede, Kojo Antwi, Samini, Obour, Okyeame Kwame, Black Rasta, Cecilia Marfo, Nacy, Stephanie Benson, Shee, DSP Kofi Sarpong, Kontihene, Kofi B, A.B Crentsil, No Tribe and Nacy.

Ghana Allstars  *-*  “Yedi Awereho” (Tribute Song to John Atta Mills)

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‘Disappear’ – Petite Noir (FREE Download)

petite noir diasappearYou can download Petite Noir‘s track “Disappear” for free on Soundcloud via Congologie. I have posted already about him and his self-engineered Noir-Wave Sound in an earlier post.

Petite Noir  *-*  ‘Disappear

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Introducing: Michael Kiwanuka

Blues/Soul/Folk-singer Michael Kiwanuka has only released one LP but is already touring the world with it. His first LP “Home Again” received tremendous attention and he was even invited to play in the Letterman Show as well as many different festivals worldwide.

He was born in London to Ugandan parents who fled the Idi Amin regime. In an interview with AfriPOP he talked about his Ugandan background:

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And you speak Luganda?
Not very well. I speak like the level of a toddler. I mean I can speak some stuff and get through a basic conversation. And I can basically talk to a toddler and tell them to be quiet if they annoy me. But If I go to the village I can’t because it’s too fast and too deep for me.
So you’ve been to the village?
I’ve been three times but I haven’t been in the last six years, since like I was eighteen. My grandmother is still alive and it’s great she has her own place. Everyone always cooks outside and stays outside until the sun goes down and I love it. There are no real front doors. And my grandmother lives on a rough road that is very bumpy, so they use these motorbikes called “boda bodas”. It’s just a very good vibe. It does get boring though because I don’t know Luganda and I can’t get involved, but if I did I would spend more time there because it is just very natural.
Are you looking to tour in Africa?

Yeah, we were in fact talking about that earlier actually.

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Here a video of three live performances: First “I’m Getting Ready” in the Letterman Show, then “Lasan” for the Wood and Wires-Series and finally “Tell Me A Tale” live at Soundscapes:

Michael Kiwanuka  *-*  “I’m Getting Ready” (Live at David Letterman Show)

Michael Kiwanuka  *-*  “Lasan” (Live for Wood and Wires Series)

Michael Kiwanuka  *-*  “Tell Me A Tale

Introducing: The Soil

The Soil got soul. Acapella groups are a rarity in today’s music world. What started as a weekly jam session in a highschool in Soweto became on of the most successful acapella groups in South Africa. The project started in 2003 with 25 persons, but only three dedicated musicians remained: Buhle, Ntsika and Phindo. It’s fantastic what music this trio can create with only one instrument: Their voice.

Check their wonderful video for her song “Baninzi” and a very entertaining live performance of their song “Bomba“:

The Soil  *-*  “Baninzi

The Soil  *-*  “Bomba

H/T: AfriPOP

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“Iwa Lewa” (Ike X Remix) Layori

I have already posted about the Nigerian newcomer Layori and her beautiful songs (videos) “Dada” and “Iwa Lewa“. Kosmo Records has now released a house remix to the song “Iwa Lewa“, which makes the song suitable for the dancefloor.

Layori  *-*  “Iwa Lewa” (Ike X Remix)

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