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  Innocent Ujah Idibia, aka 2Face, is arguably one of Nigeria’s best-known music artists. The African Queen-hit maker tells it as it is. Your first single, African Queen, paid homage to the African woman. What is your take on the African woman of today? For me the African Woman is very warm, strong and respectful.  [...]


Sauti Sol’s live concerts are an eclectic display of showmanship, which yields more enthusiasm for their energetic rhythms and electric performance. Their vibrant personalities and sense of style – a combination of colourful outfits, from skinny jeans coupled with blazer jackets made from traditional Kenya fabric to vest tops with suspenders or a T-Shirt with [...]


Bumi Thomas has such a distinctive sound, I find it hard to compare her to anyone. She is who she is and has grasped what it means to own your voice. I heard her live at an event in late 2011, armed with her guitar and voice, she blew me away. Now take that magnetic [...]


In the final part of my interview with Fatoumata Diawara, the multi-talented singer-songwriter, whose voice reveals a rare vulnerability that should not be mistaken for weakness, talks about her influences, identity and what she wants people to take from her music. A non-conformist, Diawara defied tradition and escaped Mali as a teenager when under pressured from her [...]


Fatoumata Diawara is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, whose voice reveals a rare vulnerability, not to be mistaken for weakness.  A non-conformist, she defied tradition and escaped Mali as a teenager when under pressured from her family to get married. Today, Diawara is using her music to expose the cultural prejudices faced by women across Africa and [...]


Sona Jobarteh hails from a griot family and is the only female kora virtuoso on both sides of the Atlantic. A multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer, her new album Fasiya translates as heritage and draws on Jobarteh’s connection to her west African tradition. Songs like Jarabi, a love song from Mali, shows her ability to [...]


With her earnest lyrics, a haunting and soothing sound and a raspy, seductive and magnetic voice, AYO has won adoring fans across Europe, North America and Africa, for her openness which many can relate to. In her own words, AYO on music as her therapy and why identity is important to her.   Belinda: What [...]