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Video: Vieux Farka Touré at World Cup 2010 Kick-Off Concert in South Africa

Watch footage from Vieux Farka Touré's performance at the World Cup 2010 kick-off concert in South Africa

Soccer isn't the only thing that's benefiting from all of the media coverage coming out of South Africa this month. Millions of viewers worldwide have also been exposed to some to some of Africa’s most talented musicians -- especially those who were featured in the kick-off concert, including Angelique Kidjo, Amadou & Mariam and Vieux Farka Touré to name a few.


Touré is the son of legendary Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, and is most recognized by last year's critically-acclaimed album Fondo.

Weeks before the World Cup, I had a chance to see Vieux Farka Touré in concert at the Transatlantic Festival in Miami.  Not only is Vieux one of the best guitarists I've seen, but he clearly has the makings of an international star (not to mention his comedic prowess). Below is a pic of us after one of his pranks.

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Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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