A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire

AJ Holmes & The Hackney Empire are a 6-piece out of London playing a blend Afropop and soukous coupled with British sensibilities. The good people at Ghetto Bassquake released their Radioclit-produced "Fraudian Slip" late last year. Now, The Hackney Empire's back with their sunshine fueled 8-track LP which features collaborations with Sierra Leone's Papa Milo & Folo Graff, Nigerian/London grimester Afrikan Boy and congolese MC Kastro. Stream it below!

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Interview: In The Beginning Was Manana

Manana on his debut album 'In The Beginning Was The End', a relatable love story narrated backwards.

Ndumiso Manana had just purchased a microphone to complete his home studio setup when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a hard lockdown in 2020.

Unable to tour with his Seba Kaapstad family due to travel restrictions implemented as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, he did what many musicians in his circles, and around the world, were doing: he diverted his attention to something else.

In his case, the diversion led to one of 2020's most beguiling releases, In The Beginning Was The End, an album so perfect, so polished yet raw; so whole yet sparse; so sophisticated yet, strangely, relatable.

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Several Cultural Figures Sign Petition Supporting Ghana's LGBT Community

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