Welcome To The New African Music Treasures

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See Chidinma, Skales, Jesse Jagz, DJ Caise & Koch Okoye arrive in SA for the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards

Paul Okoye, Jude Okoye, Peter Okoye & Naeto C

I was born into a musical family and had already studied years of classical piano and voice when I first met African music face to face in Ghana. It was at the University of Ghana Legon, the School for the Performing Arts where I put down my first roots as an ethnomusicologist and world music artist. Since this ancient time when internet, laptops, and cellphones still did not exist I have had the good fortune to spend a cumulative total of 6 years doing music in some way or another in Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and South Africa. Most recently I was in Bamako, Mali as a Fulbright Scholar teaching Voice and American Music at the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers Mulitmedia Balla Fasseke Kouyate, and researching Malian song for a book on the subject. I also sang and liased with various jazz and Afropop combos in clubs and at the Festival sur le Niger, along with some of Mali and Africas greats like Salif Keita, Habib Koite, Lokua Kanza, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Khaira Harby, and Sauti Soul. Landing in Washington D.C. at the Voice of America is a marvelous opportunity to continue my journey in African music, and share my experiences and new discoveries with you, our devoted listeners and readers. The original mission of the African Music Treasures blog was to share our Leo Sarkisian music archive with other music lovers. The collection is a room in the basement of the Cohen building in downtown Washington DC that is overflowing with audio reels (over 10,000), 45 rpm singles, 33 rpm lps, and cassettes from every country in Africa since the early 1960s. The majority of these recordings were either recorded by Leo in the field, gifted to him (by producers, artists and radio stations), or sent to him by mail from listeners.
For more information, visit http://blogs.voanews.com/african-music-treasures/2012/06/11/welcome-to-the-new-african-music-treasures/

BellaNaijas Paparazzi got its invitation and will be covering all the red carpet and inside action, so stay tuned for the BN Red Carpet Fab post . We caught up with some stars heading to South Africa for the awards ceremony. They include Skales, Chidinma, Jesse Jagz, DJ Caise and Koch Okoye. Check out the departure photos arrival as well as shots of their hotel room. Departing Lagos
For more information, visit http://www.bellanaija.com/2013/11/30/see-chidinma-skales-jesse-jagz-dj-caise-koch-okoye-arrive-in-sa-for-the-channel-o-africa-music-video-awards/

Rediscovery of Lost African Music

Ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey (left) taking notes about one of his father’s, Hugh Tracey’s, tape recordings at the International Library of African Music

He wrote fantastic songs and most of his music had that feel-good factor that uplifted anyone who listened, which made him very popular. Musicologists have branded Sibanda sub-Saharan Africas first radio star. He had hit songs all over the continent, even though listeners couldnt understand his lyrics because he sang in his native Ndebele. Some of his songs were, however, translated and in the 1960s and 1970s recorded by famous American folk artists Ramblin Jack Elliott and Arlo Guthrie, and by blues icon Taj Mahal. George was truly a legendary artist, said Andrew. But by the end of the 1950s, the legend was deadsuccumbing to the ravages of alcohol abuse. Thanks to Hugh Traceys recordings, though, Sibandas music endures. Genius Congolese guitarist Jean Bosco Mwenda, in a photo taken in the 1950s by Hugh Tracey Genius of Jean Bosco Mwenda Andrew first heard of Jean Bosco Mwenda in the early 1950s while studying in England.
For more information, visit http://www.voanews.com/content/rediscovery-of-lost-african-music–131783468/160343.html

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