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The Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends

World Music Network's 'Rough Guide To African Guitar Legends' is out now

It would be hard to find a musical instrument that has done more to shape the music of the planet than the guitar. What we now know as the modern European guitar, and musical styles such as the American blues or the Cuban son, can all be directly traced back to Africa. The Rough Guide To African Guitar Legends, released by London based World Music Network, comprises songs by guitar legends who have shaped generations of young musicians, and have essentially become royalty in their home countries.  The album includes artists such as renowned Malian guitarists Djelimady Tounkara and Ali Farka Touré as well as Nigeria's juju music innovator King Sunny Adé (see video above). Purchase the album and find out more about it and the artists here.


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The African Union Commission chairperson has (finally) condemned the deadly violence against protesters calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. However, many feel the body's declaration is a little too late.

EWN reports that the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has "strongly condemned the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries." However, Mahamat's statement did not specifically denounce the actions of the security forces' actions. This past Tuesday, protesters calling for the disbandment of the infamous and an end to police brutality, were shot at by security forces at Lekki Toll Gate. The incident occurred shortly after an abrupt 24-hour curfew had been imposed by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the AU has called for all involved "political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law" and recommended that they "privilege dialogue".
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