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Somi Channels the Spirit of Miriam Makeba in Theater and Song

The jazz singer has long-admired the late Miriam Makeba, and through a stage production and an album of covers, shares that appreciation with the world.

Like many children of African immigrants of this generation, Somi grew up with the music of Miriam Makeba being ubiquitous around her. She can’t tell you exactly when she first heard Pata Pata or Malaika, or even when she first heard Makeba’s name, but, for as long as she can remember, the iconic South African singer has been part of Somi’s world. “She was always just the soundtrack to my life, in some way,” she tells OkayAfrica.

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DRC's Libende Boyz Are Using Their Voices to Uplift Troubled Beni

The Congolese group goes beyond making music in its efforts to uplift the Beni area, which has been experiencing years of torment by extremist groups.

In eastern DRC, there is a martyred town. Beni, in North Kivu province, is where fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS, have been terrorizing the population for several years. Deaths and abductions number in the thousands. And despite the establishment of a state of siege with a military administration in the region since May 2021, as well as the arrival of Ugandan armed forces, there is every indication that this terror of almost daily ambushes and deaths in the area isn't about to end any time soon. In the midst of it all exists a group of Beni-based musicians doing all it can to raise the morale of the local population and uplift those in need.

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Angelique Kidjo & Burna Boy Put On A Spirited Display In New Video For 'Do Yourself'

The music video comes as the single received a nomination for Best Global Music Performance at this year's Grammy Music Awards ceremony.

Amaarae Dazzles Fans With Much Anticipated Video For Hit 'SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY'

The Ghanaian-American star is joined by singers Kali Uchis and Moliy to deliver the futuristic, bad b**** anthem.

Wizkid, Burna Boy, Megan Thee Stallion & More To Perform at Afro Nation 2022

The world's biggest afrobeats festival adds impressive international names to the roster.

How a Kampala-Based Studio is Bringing More Women into the Mix

A handful of young women producers in Kampala is honing their skills and encouraging other women to enter the usually male-dominated world of music production.

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Congolese Rumba Is Now A UNESCO-Protected Cultural Gem

Congolese rumba joins other living traditions, like Seychelles' Moutya dance and the Senegalese culinary art of Ceebu jën, in being added to Unesco's "intangible cultural heritage of humanity" list.