Motra Music ~ Traditional (Kenya) 2017

Motra Music ~ Traditional (Kenya) 2017

MOTRA is an all-female percussion band based in Nairobi, Kenya. The name MoTra is derived from the words MOrdern and TRAditional music. The band was founded on 20th November, 2015 by Matthew Rabala, Mobutu Sese and Kasiva Mutua who came together and decided to change the norm in the percussion industry by agreeing to form a group of female percussionists. The band members include; Wangechi Kamau, Viona Nyokabi, Sharon Ochieng, Beatrice Wangui, and Tatyana Atyang’. Mission Statement: To empower women on music and believing in themselves. In percussion group fuses music from all genres both modern and traditional and creates rhythmic beats from to bring beats to life through chemistry…

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Jackie Paladino ~ Soul & Jazz (USA) 2017

Jackie Paladino ~ Soul & Jazz (USA) 2017

Jackie Paladino is a soul and jazz singer who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Her music is intimate as she draws on personal struggles with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety to craft her songs. Her newest song “Can You Tell Me What Love Is” was just released on SL records based in London. The song is a heartfelt ode to old relationship, and questions the fine line between lust and true love. Read on to learn about Jackie Paladino and her inspiring story.

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Sibusile Xaba ~ Traditional Zulu (SOUTH AFRICA)

Sibusile Xaba ~ Traditional Zulu  (SOUTH AFRICA)

Sibusile Xaba was born in Newcastle, KZN. Having found music as a passion at an early age, he became engrossed in the art form, regardless of circumstances. After completing matric, Sibusile decided to pursue music as a career and enrolled in a music college. With the knowledge acquired from college he recognized a need to study further and expand his musical capacity. It was at this point that he enrolled into university to study jazz and major in jazz guitar. This decision proved to be a vital turning point in his career. It led to tours around the world with Sibusile playing his love for all sorts of people, young…

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NKWALI ~ Fusion (ZIMBABWE)

NKWALI ~ Fusion (ZIMBABWE)

Nkwali “as Nomathamsanqa Mkwananzi is affectionately known in arts and music circles was born on the 20th of November 1982. Born to a family of two she would grow up to defy and break a lot of success boundaries with her amazing voice. From a tender age Nkwali sang in church and was devoted to music. As fortune and talent would determine at the age of 7 she landed a role as an extra in the movie Power of One acting alongside international stars that included Morgan Freeman and Zimbabwean superstar Alois Moyo. From that time Nkwali never looked back. Music was to become her destiny. She joined Mpopoma high…

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JHIKOMAN AND AFRIKABISA ~ Reggae (TANZANIA)

JHIKOMAN AND AFRIKABISA ~ Reggae (TANZANIA)

1) ARTIST NAME: JHIKOMAN 2) COUNTRY: TANZANIA 3) ARTIST CATEGORY: REGGAE 4) BIOGRAPHY: His name will come frequently when you ask about the leading musicians in Tanzania. This will make you think Jhikoman is an Artist who is big and full of himself, WRONG His humility will get you wonder. Soft-spoken artist popularly known as Jhikoman born Jhikolabwino Manyika adapted his stage name by picking the first five letters of his first name, with the first three letters of his second name, to derive the name Jhikoman.WATCH OUT, Jhikoman might just be the next great Reggae artist to represent Africa. Jhikoman is one of the best reggae artists in Tanzania….

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THE TONGWA ENSEMBLE~AFFROJAZZ (TANZANIA)

THE TONGWA ENSEMBLE~AFFROJAZZ (TANZANIA)

Godykaozya & The Tongwa Ensemble is a Band located in Bagamoyo The group was created by Justin Godykaozya a Teacher in Music and Music Technology in 2009 with the aim of motivating and inspires students to love and learn Music. The Band is a mix between Teachers, formal Students and Students of the Organization (Tongwa Arts Promotion). 1. Justin Godykaozya-Teacher (Guitar, Lead Singer, composer and music arranger). 2. Julius Sanga-Teacher (Keyboard & Solo Guitar). 3. Essau Saanane-Formal Student (Drums, Percussions & Vocals). 4. Reuben Gondwe –Formal Student (Keyboard & Solo Guitar). 5. Suwilanji – Student (Bass). 6. Simplis K.Benard –Student (Percussions). 7. Jenipher Setebe –Student (Vocals & hand Percussion). 8….

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GIOVANNI KREMER KIYINGI~FUSION(UGANDA)

GIOVANNI KREMER KIYINGI~FUSION(UGANDA)

Led by “EKA MUSIC” home music, “Giovanni kremer kiyingi (kiyingi Jovan) is a world-music, afro-fusion, folk music artist based in Uganda with the blend of the early and current generation music rhythms,Giovanni kremer Kiyingi is a two side artist ,he can play as a multi instrumentalist /vocalist with his band and he can also run a Sami-live set ie Dj live set where he runs percussions and vocals with a Dj groove. Kiyingi plays many traditional instruments in and outside Uganda such as Adungu, Endere, Engoma, Akogo, Madiinda, Djembe, Calabash Malian- flute etc. To enrich his music farther kiyingi added a classical guitar to a bunch of African instruments he…

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NAFTALI OF THE ROYAL FAMILY ~ FUSION (SOUTH AFRICA) 2016

NAFTALI OF THE ROYAL FAMILY ~ FUSION (SOUTH AFRICA) 2016

Born in Pretoria and growing up in Mamelodi Pretoria, Naftali has always been inspired by music. In his Primary and High school days he was always participating in the school concerts, and his musical presents was always felt. As his musical talents grew it became more and more apparent that his voice was something unique and special, fusing together styles from South, West and East Africa. Naftali of the Royal Family continues to work with a number of different musicians and musical styles, which allows him to explore a variety of sounds of expression. His talent has allowed him to play shows all over South Africa, and its neighboring countries.

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THIRD HAND MUSIC ~ R&B/SOUL (KENYA) 2016

THIRD HAND MUSIC ~ R&B/SOUL (KENYA) 2016

Third Hand Music is a band with unique individuals who bring their explosive talent together to create a unique and original sound.The band is made up of three members: Ken-Albert Orwa (mid-range vocalist) Ken plays a range of instruments like guitar,trumpet,drums, violin, trombone and Saxophone. Collins “Collo” Kemboi (high-range vocalist) Collo plays the guitar. And finally we have Michael “Mike” IkoleMwikamba (bass/low range vocalist). Together they blend their musical talent to create a magical soulful sound which incorporates soulful vocals,the guitar,keys and different range of instruments. Their sound is best described as R&B/Soul which draws its inspiration from Hip-Hop, Jazz and Reggae. Third hand music was part of a band…

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SIPHOKAZI ~ AFROJAZZ (SOUTH AFRICA) 2016

SIPHOKAZI ~ AFROJAZZ (SOUTH AFRICA) 2016

Siphokazi was born in the the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  She started her career as a backing vocalist for established musicians like Stimela, Ringo, Zamajobe, Tshepo Tsola and also did studio sessions for many SA artists and musicians,in the process she was studying Music Technology.She has released 3 albums so far and she is working on her fourth one.  Her first album sold more than 100 000 copies and counting.  Siphokazi is well known for her popular song AMACALA which became the national anthem in the music industry and the whole country. Special information or comments: Siphokazi shared a stage with the likes of Kirk Franklin, India Arie, Chaka…

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