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This New Documentary Explores the Golden Age of Sudanese Music

Sudanese journalist Yousra Elbagir searches for what was lost in part one of her BBC Radio 4 documentary, "No Singing, No Movement."

A new documentary aired on BBC Radio 4 today that takes a deep dive into Sudan's lively musical past.

"I've always known growing up that music was a crucial part of my Sudanese identity—a way for me to connect with my homeland from the UK," Sudanese journalist Yousra Elbagir says. "But, I'm curious to find out what Sudanese music means within its own environment. Not only how it connects us to Sudan, but how it connects us to the world. And I want to find out what was lost."


In the first part of "No SInging, No Movement," Elbagir investigates her homeland's past and present, in light of the abrupt changes that came from Islamic rule in the 1980s.

Photo courtesy of Yousra Elbagir.

You'll hear Elbagir speak with her mother, as she reminisces the days where Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles would come to their country to perform, as well as an introduction to the height of Sudanese music between the 1950s and the 1970s—including the ever popular girl group, The Nightingales.

Elbagir explores the changing atmosphere during that period, including the 80s and early 90s, the restrictions brought in after Sudan's 1989 coup, and digs into what music means in a country that's come up against famine, civil war and economic and political crisis. She looks to legendary musician Sharhabeel Ahmed, who managed to stay on track, for perspective and insight.

Listen to the first part of the documentary here, and stay tuned for part two soon.

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Sho Madjozi Shares Tracklist from New Mixtape 'What A Life'

Sho Madjozi has shared the tracklist for her highly-anticipated new mixtape 'What A Life'. Manu WorldStar, Makhadzi, Thomas Chauke, Russian Army, DJ Mfundhisi and more feature on the upcoming project.

Sho Madjozi has shared the official tracklist for her new mixtape What A Life ahead of its official release this Friday. The AFRIMMA award-winning rapper revealed she has some fire collaborations with several music heavyweights on What A Life. Manu WorldStar, Makhadzi, Thomas Chauke, Russian Army, DJ Mfundhisi and Sunglen Chabalala feature on the nine-track mixtape. Sho Madjozi recently took to Twitter to share the colourful mixtape album cover and tracklist.
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Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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