Wings puts its ears to the ground in five cities with very different sounds and unique musical cultures, to bring you a cut-out-and-keep guide to where to go to hear great music in London, New York, Lagos, Johannesburg and Accra.
Words Rocky Casale, Helen Jennings, Rob Laing, Benjamin Lebrave and Nana Ocran
Can it still be said that a particular city has its own ‘sound’? We know that technology changes at a dizzyingly fast rate; and of all the art forms, it’s music that feels this ...
10 Musical Highlights
Inspirational words, must-hear artists – featuring the likes of Youssou N’Dour, Fatia Rolling Dollar, Temi Dollface, African music festivals and much more
Youssou N’Dour’s golden voice and pioneering sound may have garnered him two Grammy Awards and seen the BBC describe him as the “best-known African musician in the world”, but if anything, this worldwide recognition has only intensified his love for his home city of Dakar, Senegal. “Music gives hope to young ...
Words Nana Ocran
In her first published book, Contemporary Design Africa, writer, designer and blogger Tapiwa Matsinde fills a gaping hole in the publishing market for a continent-wide focus on modern African design. The publication’s spotlight mostly falls on interior decoration, but its broad visual stories explode many of the clichéd and romanticised perceptions of what leading-edge, African-designed products should look like.
Textiles, crafts, ...
African animation, a memorial bus for Ken Saro-Wiwa, and new music by Nneka and Samba Touré – cultural happenings from March to May and beyond.
As singer-songwriter, Bukola ‘Asa’ Elemide, 31, gets ready to release her third album, Bed Of Stone, one of Nigeria’s most famous musical exports tells Wings why things are different this time around…
The Beats Go On
The 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards celebrates the unstoppable rise of contemporary urban music from the continent…
A fresh wave of creativity, optimism and technological innovation is driving Africa’s music and TV industries to new heights. Wings speaks to Alex Okosi, MD of one the continent’s biggest media presences, VIMN Africa, to find out more about socially conscious programming and how the continent’s output is exciting audiences at home and abroad.
Arik Air passengers on journeys of a lifetime
This issue: Tiwa Savage
Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage has sky-rocketed from the UK X Factor stage in 2006 to collaborating and performing with Grammy Award winners Fantasia Barrino, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, and The Black Eyed Peas. She's signed to SONY/ATV and Mavin Records and recently released a single, Ife Wa Gbona featuring Leo Wonder. It's been a rollercoaster journey but nothing compared to moving back to Nigeria from the ...
Recent literary releases to transport the heart and mind through relationships, family, love, loss and countries: no plane ticket required.
Words Belinda Otas
Who has the right to write about Africa and tell the continent’s story for its multifaceted nature, from languages to cultures to religious beliefs? In his essay, ‘Colonial Fictions: Memory and History in Yvonne Vera’s Imagination.’ Paul Zeleza writes, “Nowhere is the multidimensional, multifocality and multivocality of ...
Hey! Mr. Deejay!
Since superstar D'Banj topped UK charts in 2012, Afrobeats music has burst onto the mainstream. How did a cross-pollination of musical genres played in tiny clubs make West Africa so cool?
Words Nana Ocran Photography Boombox Television & Jonathan Perugia
For the last couple of years, Afrobeats UK has become something of a catch-all term for a musical movement that has been forging a triangular route between Ghana, Nigeria and the UK. The relatively recently named genre (the UK bit at ...