RIP Zoumana Diarra and Balla Sidibé - Music Time in Africa

August 02, 2020 05:05 AM
Music Time in Africa
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Inside this edition you’ll listen to classic Afropop/Afrobeats tunes from top artists Shatta Walle (featured with Beyoncé & Major Lazor) & MzVee ft Mugeez (Ghana), Wizkid & Mayorkun ft Davido (Nigeria) and Eddy Kenzo (Uganda).  Discover the great vintage song “Kipenzi Cha Mama” from 1984 Tanzania, Song of the Week “My Everything” by Kenya’s Sauti Soul ft American singer India Arie, and up and coming artists from Liberia (OdamZ), Burkina Faso (Ismaila Diarra), and Ghana (Chief John). News of the deaths of Balla Sidibé (Senegal) and Zoumana Diarra (Mali) brings a retrospective of their music and its contributions to the musical canons of West Africa and its worldwide appeal in the late 20th Century.

The new normal (COVID-19) has musicians posting unplugged and unstaged performances of all kinds. We listen to Heather’s top 3 picks from Music Time in Africa Facebook and Instagram platforms: Alderman Israeli (Togo), Azouhouni Adou (Côte d’Ivoire/US), and Lokua Kanza (DRC/France). Today’s show concludes with a new song from Senegal (Bass Thioung ft Samba Peuzzi) to help celebrate Eid al-Adha (also known as Tabaski). This Islamic holiday is celebrated worldwide each year, around the 30th of July.