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African Music Links

These sites are of interest. The Woyingi Blogger does not endorse the content of these sites. Please inform me if any of the links do not work.

Afropop: Your Guide to African and World Music

AfriPOP! is the ultimate online destination for the latest new trends in African music, African fashion, and film. Whether spotlighting emerging talent or the latest in art, politics and commerce, AfriPOP! delivers fresh content specifically geared to sophisticated Afropolitans all over the globe. We speak to an audience who grew up with African values but aren’t afraid to think of themselves as global citizens. AfriPOP! is the go-to-insider guide for engaging commentary on what young Africans (on the continent and elsewhere) are talking about.

AfriClassical.com African Heritage in Classical Music Here you will meet 52 composers, conductors and instrumental performers – Africans, African Americans and Afro-Europeans. Many are alive today, but one lived 500 years ago!  These artists are unknown to most of us, yet are so numerous this site can  present only a fraction of them.  They have made enduring contributions to Classical Music. Several have composed, conducted and performed Classical Music.

ntama: Journal of African Music and Popular Culture

Rhythms of the Continent: A BBC series of programmes looking at the role of music in Africa today. With musicians chasing international record deals and many of them performing to audiences all over the world, are they still a voice for the people at home? Do they still criticise the powerful and inspire social change?

The African Music Encyclopedia

A Glossary of African Music Styles

African Music Radio: #1 African Streaming Radio

Africanhiphop.com is a project of the African Hip Hop Foundation, a non-profit organization registered in the Netherlands which is run by a group of young volunteers from different countries and backgrounds. The foundation board consists of pioneers in African hip hop from South Africa, Uganda and Holland. Our editorial team is made up of young media professionals from Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Cape Verde and Angola, while we work with freelancers from all over the continent.

Nubian Underground: The Nubian Underground website features African hip-hop related news, information and opinion articles intended to promote awareness, responsibility and accountability within the African hip-hop culture.

International Library of African Music: ILAM aims to discover, record, analyze, and archive the music of sub-Saharan Africa, with the object of establishing a theory of music making in Africa and assessing the social, cultural, and artistic values of African music. ILAM is attached to the Music Department at Rhodes University and coordinates its Ethnomusicology Programme which offers undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ethnomusicology that include training in performance of African music. Based in Rhodes University in South Africa. ILAM is the greatest repository of African music in the world. A research institution devoted to the study of music and oral arts in Africa, it preserves thousands of historical recordings going back to 1929 and supports contemporary fieldwork. It is currently digitizing its collections. Its journal, African Music, is nearly into its fourth decade.

African Musicians Profiles (AMP) is a web site for the promotion and publicity of African musicians (in other words AMPlifying their work!). Each musician has a profile, and there are pages on news of recent and future events, special features, recommended CDs, relevant reading (biographies, reference books and magazines) and photos. You can buy many of the featured African music CDs and books through this site.

Smithsonian Folkways: African Music in the USA

The Sahel Opera Project: The idea of a Sahel Opera came originally from His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926 – 2002). His idea was to create an African opera production composed and performed by people from the various Sahel countries. During the many years he lived and worked in Africa, the Prince developed a great love for the continent and he felt that the Sahel region in particular had a wealth of talent in the fields of dance, music, design and fashion

LES BALLETS AFRICAINS was formed in Paris in 1952 by distinguished Guinean choreographer, Keita Fodeba, who enjoyed the support of numerous African heads of state. Les Ballets Africains toured the world successfully until Guinea’s independence in 1958 when they were invited to become the country’s national ensemble. Between 1958 and the present day, Les Ballet Africains has visited the four corners of the earth sometimes remaining on tour for up to two years at a stretch

South Africa’s Music.org.za: Started in 1997 as an initiative of Making Music Productions, the site at first carried details of artists who had a working relation with MMP. Subsequently, the site has included biographies of an increasing array of South African and African musicians – a priority has been to profile artists who were previously marginalised in much of the media. Music.org.za continued growing, and in order to make the resource more versatile, was transformed to a database during 2003. This facilitates content management, and easier access to music.org.za’s ever-increasing content base.

South Africa’s Kwaito Generation: Radio Documentary available online. Kwaito is the sound of the new South Africa — an urban “mix masala” of South African music genres and Western house music and hip hop. It has come to define the generation that came of age after apartheid, that essentially inherited that nation’s young democracy. Inside Out’s Sean Cole travels to South Africa to explore kwaito music and the people who make it.

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