M.anifest and Sounds of Sasaab - Music Time in Africa

January 26, 2020 04:05 AM
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Show 306 Final - M.anifest and Sounds of Sassab

Today's rockin’ playlist features includes afrobeats, neo-soul, neo-traditional, world music, hip hop and live band music from 10 different countries (including one from Jamaica).  You'll hear beloved veterans like Wes from Cameroon and Afrigo Band of Uganda, contemporary female artists like Star Zee (Sierra Leone), Simi (Nigeria), Almok (Togo) and more!

Song of the Week "Tomorrow" is by Ghanaian rapper/producer and entrepreneur M.Anifest.  Kwame Ofori and I interviewed the artist in Accra . Then we go to Nairobi, Kenya where reporter Bill Odidi introduces a new album called Sounds of Sasaab, a high-energy fusion of traditional singers and electronic music. We also get a nice vintage jam of traditional Ibo music from Nigeria that comes from the MTIA Archives.

Finally, VOA's Upfront and Red Carpet host Jackson Mvunganyi joins me for a conversation about the recent rise in African American tourism to Africa and, more specifically, in musical celebrities obtaining citizenship in African countries.