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Stone Free

Words Belinda Otas When she burst onto the music scene seven years ago, she broke new ground with a sound that transcended boundaries; she’s since built a reputation as one of the most exciting artists to have emerged in the last decade. Her soulful melodies appealed to audiences across Africa, Europe and North America, and her debut album picked up a top-five spot on Billboard’s World Music chart. This is not the same Asa we encountered on her self-titled debut which caught the ...

The Beats Go On

The 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards celebrates the unstoppable rise of contemporary urban music from the continent… Words Helen Jennings Photography Chris Saunders When the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) first launched in 2008, the term ‘afrobeats’ did not exist. Today, as the MAMAs touches down for a forth time, it’s bandied around loosely to describe all urban pop music from West Africa and beyond. A play on afrobeat, Fela Kuti’s fusion of highlife, jazz, soul and traditional ...

Stay Tuned

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. Words Belinda Otas From innovative programming to showcasing Africa’s musical talents, MTV Base Africa, one of Viacom International Media ...
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Good Migrations

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 ...

Armchair Traveller

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 ...

Tastemaker's Taste of Summer

Native American RnB with a Ghanaian twist, Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum and black indie cinema - Culture vultures at Arik destinations run through the highlights of June through August. Words Nana Ocran New York filmmaker and video artist Zina Saro-Wiwa, Ghana-based musician Wanlov the Kubolor, UK-based writer and performance poet Nii Parkes and London and Accra-based writer and cultural historian Nana Oforiatta-Ayim are four dynamic individuals, each worthy of multiple column inches and ...

Festival Fringe

Summer is the time to enjoy the UK’s vibrant festival scene. Coming for the Olympics? Stay for so much more. words Owen Bailey Latitude Festival  Music, comedy and more besides. The world-famous Glastonbury Festival is taking a break this year, to give the cows that live on Worthy Farm a well-earned rest. Thankfully, the packed British music-festival calendar offers a wealth of opportunities for you to muddy your Wellington boots. Whether you like dreamy acoustic strumming, hot and sweaty ...