Sonic Africa wish you a Happy New Year 2011

After 2 months break when this website was off-line , sonic africa is online again. Just in time to wish you a happy New Year. Let your wishes will be fullfiled.

Makoma - Napesi ( Congolese gospel band)
Napesi Yo nde motema? na ngai (I give You my heart)
Yo moko Nzambe salela yango (You are the only God)
Na elikia na ngai napesi Yo (and my hope)

Tiken Jah Fakoli released new album African Revolution

After 15 years and 10 albums Tiken Jah Fakoly releases new album African Revolution. Tiken jah Fakoly claims that this album will be completely different and surprising as this album is supposed to be a mix of reggae together with traditional african instruments. In the interview for mondomix about his new album Fakoly explains his musical and political opinions.
"As Africans we have a secret weapon: our traditional instruments. By bringing them together with reggae we created a new tradition - an original sound which is truly African" says Tiken Jah and later he continues about his view on contemporary african politics
" I’ve always been opposed to Independence celebrations in African countries, because we are not economically or politically independent. Look at Latin America: Morales or Chavez can tell Barack Obama or Sarkozy to get lost. No African head of state since Thomas Sankara or Patrice Lumumba has got up and said “Leave us alone, things are going to be different now” ".

Interview with Tiken jah fakoly
Tiken jah Fakoly - Je Dis Non ( video from the New Album African revolution )
Track Samples on Wrasse Rocords Website

Tiken Jah Fakoly songs:
Tiken Jah Fakoly - Francafrique
Tiken jah Fakoly - Plus Rien Ne M'Etonne
Tiken Jah Fakoly - African a Paris

Sonic Africa -  Papa Wemba Papa Wemba released new CD + DVD this summer

The Congolese star Papa Wemba released new CD this summer. It is the 36th! album from his solo career. In the 70's Papa was a member of a souokous superband Zaiko Langa Langa. In 1975 he started a solo career and soon he become one of Congolese and Africa's most popular musicians, and prominent in World music. One of the artist who are popular in his own country and in the world as well. Papa Wemba also cooperated Peter Gabriel.
In 1980 he moved to Paris. On 18 February 2003, suspected of being involved in a network that has allegedly smuggled hundreds of illegal immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire) into Europe, Papa Wemba was arrested at his home in Paris. On the song "Numéro d'écrou", Papa Wemba recalled the day "God" paid a visit to his cell. In recent years Papa Wemba moved back to Kinshasa from Paris.
Although the ups and downs in his personal life, Papa Wemba kept doing an awesome music. Music that covered many diferrent styles - from congolese rumba, chanson, salsa and even gospel to the fast and dancing tunes.

Papa is a singer blessed by a beautifull voice, that made him special and very recognizeable. You can prove it in the video links bellow.

Papa Wemba official Website (in French)
Buy "Papa Wemba - Notre Pere Rumba" Link

Notre Pere Songs:
Ye te Oh

Other Papa Wembas Songs

: Awa Yo Okeyi (live)
Show Me the Way (live)

Coupe Decale Sonic Africa Ambiance a Gogo: Coupe Decale Mixtape Vol. 3

Enjoy new coupe decale mix , that was made as a promo for a coupe decale night that was held in july .
For listen or download go to the download section

Also: enjoy the new video, that was made as a promo as well

Thanks to:Aya, Petra, Abdul, Dollar and Jodel:)

Sonic South Africa

Hi everybody, Craig Duncan from Radio Wave here, with a World Cup guest spot for Sonic Africa on contemporary South African music.

Musically, it’s been a very strange World Cup. Hearing the official music programme, you might get the impression that South African music consists of Shakira and the vuvuzela . There’s a lot more down there – especially kwaito, South Africa’s unique fusion of hip hop, house and township pop. So, let’s take a tour of some great recent South African releases from the worlds of kwaito, hip hop, house and more.

DJ Sbu Sonic AfricaWe should really start this with some vuvuzelas ... and there’s plenty vuvuzela-blowing on the latest single from DJ Sbu . This one’s from his 2010 album Y-Lens Vol 3, a terrific disc of house-kwaito crossover which demonstrates why South African house music is a far more innovative genre than its conservative European cousin:
DJ Sbu – Vuvuzela Bafana


Elsewhere in South African music, several of the biggest names in kwaito have released comeback records in the last year. For one, Pitch Black Afro, the man with the craziest teeth in rap, is back with a new album called Zonke Bonke. Here’s the title track:

Pitch Black Afro – Zonke Bonke


Durban kwaito crew Skomplazi also have a new album out, Zulu Love Letter. There are some massive tunes on this disc, all in the house-heavy kwaito style of the Durban scene. Again, the title track is the first single:

Skomplazi – Zulu Love Letter



Zola, the country’s biggest kwaito star, also returned recently with his 5th album Impepho. This one’s a mixed bag: on one hand, Impepho has some great tracks in the style of Zola’s biggest hits; on the other hand, there’s some rather dull and unoriginal 2Pac-lite stuff, like the single Prophecy of the Village Pope:
Zola – Prophecy of the Village Pope
If this is the first time you’ve heard Zola, the above video is not typical! Zola does not usually whine about being rich and famous; he’s a scary man who created a uniquely South African gangsta rap iconography within kwaito, and he’s best known for classic tracks like this one, originally released in 2000:
Zola – Ghetto Scandalous feat. Amu & KB


Zuluboy continues to be ahead of the South African hip hop game with his third album Igoda. Zuluboy mixes hip hop with traditional Zulu melodies, instrumentation and beats, and his first two albums Masihambisane and Inqolobane rank among the freshest, most original hip hop releases of the 21st century. To be honest, the new album isn’t quite on the same level as the previous two, but that’s no major criticism given the extremely high quality of his back catalogue. There are no videos from the new Zuluboy album yet, so here’s a soul-flavoured track from 2008’s Inqolobane:
Zuluboy – DJ Gogo


South Africa’s most surprising global export in 2010 is the “zef-rave” internet phenomenon Die Antwoord. To clear up some of the speculation surrounding this band: no, the crazy Afrikaner rapper “Ninja” is not a real person. He’s a character created by Waddy Jones – provocateur, social satirist, and South Africa’s best-respected white hip hop artist of the last 15 years. “Ninja” is a working-class Afrikaner obsessed with mixed-race gangsta culture, and Die Antwoord is pure provocation: putting hip hop’s tendency towards racial fetishism into the most uncomfortable context possible, and satirising not only South Africa’s history of fixating upon race, but also the wider mythology of “realness” in hip hop.
Die Antwoord – Enter the Ninja


Finally on World Cup matters, New York-based global hip hop label Nomadic Wax have released a great free download single called World Cup. Recorded in studios worldwide and mixed in New York, it features 15 rappers from around the world, mostly from Africa, giving their thoughts on what the World Cup really means. Download the song here, and check out the “making of” video featuring Ghana’s M.O.A. and Zimbabwe’s Outspoken:
Nomadic Wax – World Cup

Enjoy the rest of the World Cup – and do please check out my “Friday Ripple” show on Radio Wave, every Friday at 5pm! It’s a show about “alternative music from everywhere”, and it’s packed with fresh releases from urban Africa. If you can’t catch it live, there are loads of recent shows streaming on demand in theRadio Wave archive , my official radio blog has all the related playlists, profiles and rants.


Calling to The Most High - Spiritual mixtape Vol.2

roots reggae , dub and gospel reggae mix

I hope you will enjoy this new reggae mixtape and I hope you will enjoy the lyrics as well. Without God there would be nothing and in this mix I would like to render thanks to the Allmighty God for his love and for paving the way. Thank you.

Download here

Busi Mhlongo, Queen of modern Zulu music, passed away

Another awesome artist left the scene called planet Earth.Busi Mhlongo, southafrican woman singer passed away in June 15th 2010.

Drawing on various South African styles such as mbaqanga, maskanda, marabi and traditional Zulu, fused with contemporary elements from jazz, funk, rock, gospel, rap, opera, reggae and West African music she produced a fresh and exciting sound. Her infectious music and singing style have a universal appeal and her lyrics carry powerful and poignant messages. In the 1960s, she adopted the artistic name Vickie, only later she became known by Busi Mhlongo.

In 2000, Busi Mhlongo released her most known album Urban Zulu , that brought her an international succes. The urban zulu songs sounded very modern on this album and a lot of songs were remixed in different electronic fusions. In the most recent years, lot of kwaito and SA house artist re-mixed her songs again or used some loops from her songs, giving a tribute to this unique artits.
In live performances, Busi Mhlongo looked more like a shaman woman than alike a singer. She was one the artist I would like to see live.

Take a tour and see and listen examples from Busi Mhlongo unique music:
Busi Mhlongo - Uganga Nge - catchy
Busi Mhlongo - Yehlisan'umoya - the same as previous:)
Live Performances:

Busi Mhlongo - Yehlisan'umoya - hypnotizing
Busi Mhlongo - We Baba Omncane - one of the best songs I have ever saw and heard in my life
Tributes and remixes:

Culoe de Song feat. Busi Mhlongo - We Baba Omncane (house rmx)
Black Cofee and Busi Mhlongo - We Baba Omncane
Black Cofee and Busi Mhlongo - Izizwe

Rest In Peace Oliver Ngoma (23rd March 1959 - 7th june 2010 )

A renowned Gabonese Afro-Zouk - reggae - soukouss singer and vocalist Oliver Ngoma, died early Monday morning in Libreville, following an illness.

At his young age, N'Goma was a poor student, devoting himself to music and cinema instead of his classwork. His love of film lead to a job with Gabon TV, who sent him to France in 1988 where he was trained as a cameraman. While spending a winter in Paris, he finished work on music he'd written in Gabon. He shared his music with Manu Lima, a well-known record producer for African music. Lima was impressed with the young man's work, and handled the artistic direction of N'Goma's first record Bane. The album enjoyed modest success at first, until an African radio station began to play his songs. The title track scored large success in Africa, France, and the French West Indies, and continues to rank as a party anthem in those areas. It enjoys success comparable to Mario by Franco or Yeke Yeke by Mory Kante. The album is one of the best-selling African albums to date. N'Goma released a second album, Adia in December 1995, again working with Manu Lima. Five years later, his third album Seva debuted. A greatest hits complation, Best of Oliver N'Goma was released in 2004.

Watch and enjoy some Oliver Ngoma music videos:
Oliver Ngoma - Icole
Oliver Ngoma - Adia
Oliver Ngoma - Bane
Oliver Ngoma - Betty

Daladala Sound in Prague

The official Outhere records Sound - Dalaladala sound will be performing as a part of African Disco night in the 15th June in Chapeau Rouge. More info
here .

Sizzla got a farm in Zimbabwe, after singing on Mugabe's Birtday celebration.

The Newzimbabwe.com server informed that "Jamaican reggae superstar Sizzla Kalonji has ditched his native Jamaica and relocated to Zimbabwe after being rewarded with a farm for performing at President Robert Mugabe's 86th birthday celebrations in February."

In 2000, where the economical crisis hit Zimbabwe, Mugabe accused the white farmes beeing guilty of this crisis, and indirectly called for using violence against whites. " Almost immediately, self-styled "war veterans", led by Chenjerai 'Hitler' Hunzvi, began invading white-owned farms. Those who did not leave voluntarily were often tortured and sometimes killed. " (Wikipedia). What happened to the farmers from the farm that was given to Sizzla? While more than 500 000 Zimbabweans left the country, due to the catastrophical economical situation, heading to South African ghettos, to live there as illegal imigrants, Sizzla maybe planning to be a farmer in the country (Don't know if its legal to grow a weed in Zimbabwe:) )

Newzimbabwe.com continues "Meanwhile Sizzla, 34, has been quite effusive in his praise for President Mugabe urging the veteran leader to "champion the cause of the return of the African people from the gates of hell they are living in Jamaica and the Caribbean." "I think he's a good president, kind to his nation, just and true," Sizzla said of Mr Mugabe last month."

Im sure Sizzla and Mugabe will share also they anti-homosexual views. "Mugabe has been uncompromising in his opposition to homosexuality. In September 1995, Zimbabwe's parliament introduced legislation banning homosexual acts. In 1997, a court found Canaan Banana, Mugabe's predecessor and the first President of Zimbabwe, guilty of 11 counts of sodomy and indecent assault." (Wikipedia)

At the end of article Zimbabwenews.com mentioned that Kalonji wants to start be active in the reggae scene: “In Zimbabwe we have already started recording. I am also looking into areas Judgement Yard (his company) can invest in for the upliftment of Zimbabwean youths,” Sizzla said.

I really wonder how will Sizla's story in Zimbabwe continue.

Source : www.newzimbabwe.com

Bob Marley - Zimbabwe ... in 1980 , time of hope
Farmers in Zimbabwe Ousted From Their Land ... in 2000
Sizzla - Zimbabwe
Sizzla - Zimbabwe - live in Harare

Comfusoes - From Angola to Brazil
my personal rating Comfusoes = 50% Angola 70s + 25% Massive Attack-like sound + 25% contemporary Brazil music = 100% quality

If you wonder how would sound angolan balads from the 60s and 70s mixed with Massive Attack, the Comfusoes compilation could be that answer. The soulful songs (some of them more than 40 years old), were rediscovered and then made-over by some of the finest brazil producers, djs and soundmasters and the result (Comfusoes Vol.1) is just amazing

The 70s in Angola was a very painfull time in Angola. The independence war turned into the civil war. For a long time now Angola has been cut off from the rest of the world due to the civil war raging in the country until 2002. Times have changed. Today the economy is booming and also the magic of the countries music is starting to move beyond the borders of the African continent. Kuduro being the latest craze spreading into the international club culture.

Long before that in the 60ies and 70ies some of the most soulful tunes ever to come out of Africa had been recorded in Angola. It is the melancholy of Portuguese Fado infused with African rhythms (not unlike Capeverdean music) that makes this music so special.

Mastermind behind the project is a barzilian producer Maurício Pacheco. For Comfusoes he went digging for the roots of Angolan Pop at the RNA (Angolan National Radio) archives and listened to piles of master tapes and CDs, mainly from artists that were at the height of their carreers in the 60ies and 70ies, like Teta Lando, Artur Nunes or Carlos Lamartine. After selecting the tracks, Maurício passed the music on to some of his friends back home like Mario Caldato jr (producer of the Beastie Boys, Tone Loc, Jack Johnson, Beck…), Dj Dolores, Moreno Veloso, Kassin and Berna Ceppas & many others. The result is the first volume of a project that explores fusions between two cultures that have more in common than the language: Angola and Brasil.

more info: www.outhere.de
listen and buy or download:

btw...Long time it didnt happen to me that I would listen one album overe and over. With the album Confusoes it happenned:)

Awesome music from Africa ... on cassetes 

When it comes the most widely used audio device in Africa in the history, the cassete would definitely win. ( Although the upcoming leading audio device seems to be a .... cellphone :) - as wrote Christopher Kirkley in sahelsounds.com website - the article from 18th Jan: Hometaping is killing music). Many local artists in Africa in the past years released their album mostly on cassetes.

The Awesometapesfromafrica website is a virtual library for digitalized cassete recordings and includes many rare and awesome tapes. Take a tour in this library and discover some new tunes for yourself. Lot of the recordings are lo-fi sound quality but can give you more authentic feeling on the other hand.

source: www.awesometapesfromafrica.blogspot.com
Note that this site includes cassetes the are rare and unavailiable in Europe. If you like african music that is availiable on CDs or mp3 in your area, please buy it.

Let's sing about God - congolese gospel music 

There is a different point of view on gospel music in Europe , North America and of course in Africa. Although prayer is a private and intimate thing, praying together with thousands other people in big gospel concerts in Congo (especially to a soukous music) can be also a strong spiritual experience.

Wacht the videos from some gospel events in DR Congo. Very strong. Even in 21st century when bands from different african countries have concerts in Europe, some events are non-transferable and you have to travel to the country the its origin to get the full enjoyment

Gael - Nkosi na Yuda - wow, I wish one day I would join this concert
Pesa Munu - Alleluia - soukous, dancing and religious fever:)
And finally the best one

Mary Chantal Ngalula - Hosanna - just watching this video is making me high ... and the dancing people among the audinence look high as well:)

Good news for the czech scene in the end: Czech-Congolese-Angolan gospel band Nsango Malamu (means Good news in lingala) just released new CD Embenga yemba
Nsango malamu official website

The new Rai mixtape 

Mixtape includes 27 songs and was mixed as a promo for upcoming Rachid Taha concert in Prague. Enjoy the musical trip on the Arab countries from Morroco to Yemen. For more info and download go here .


Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba (ngoni rock) 

In the 14th century Malian Empire was the leading power in west Africa. In 20th and 21st century Mali seems to be the leading power in the field of world music - Ali Farka Toure , Salif Keita , Amadou et Mariam , Tinariwen (although they claim themselves more as Touaregs more than as malians) , Oumou Sangare , Habib Koite and many others.

Each from the mentioned bands play different kind of music. And Bassekou Kouyate plays different music as well. Actually, Bassekou Kouate plays music that is different from anything else you have heard before. The bandmembers play on more than 1000 years old instruments called ngoni. But they play rock music! The Independent news magazin identified them as "...the best rock’n’roll band in the world.” Further the Sub Pop label , which was releasing a grunge music! in the 90's now got the license for Bassekou's last album I speak Fula , originally released at Outhere Records . More info here . Since december 2009 Bassekou is on tour in US. This tour is having a huge succes and Bassekou is booked in the States untill August 2010.

Listen to his music and decide for yourself: Is it ethno music? Is it rock music? I think it doesnt matter. Music has no borders and Bassekou Kouatte is proving that.
Bassekou Kouyate - Ngoni Fola
Bassekou Kouyate - Live at Womex
Bassekou Kouyate - Live in Holland

Segou Blues (2007)
I speak Fula (2009)


Seke Molenga, Kalo Kawongolo, Lee Perry: African Roots
ground breaking music with ground breaking story behind

In 1977, a would-be reggae promoter brought some fellows from Zaire to Jamaica in hopes of creating a new African reggae sound. Apparently she abandoned the two Africans soon after they arrived in Jamaica and left them stranded on the mean streets of Kingston. Not speaking any English, they had to beg for money and food to survive. Eventually, they found themselves at Lee Perry's house and somehow communicated their desperate story. Perry took their arrival as a sign: Jah himself had sent these men from Africa to make a connection with the Black Ark. Soon after, the pair were in the Ark recording the songs that make up African Roots. Originally eight songs were recorded and a rough mix of an album (entitled Monama) was sent to Island records.

After recording this album Seke and Kalo dissapered. Left just 8 songs behind. Song whose lyrics were sung in congolese language lingala so the jamaicans couldnt understand them. But even without understanding the lyrics man can still feel a strong emotions and strong message that Seke and Kalo left in these songs. All the suffering , all the hope, all the homesickness, all the prayers.... thats what Seke and Kalo left there.

Anyway this album got zero publicity and zero impact in Jamaica in the 70s. And almost 30 years this music was forgotten, besides few minor releases by some small european labels. In 2006 Trojan Records lifted up these musical gem from the stock and released these songs in album called African Roots. For many reggae fans this release was a real musical shock to hear this downright musical confession. Some of them wanted to find out more about these two african artists. But there are no informations about Seke and Kalo’s life . They just went to Jamica, spent two years struggeling on the streets, then suddenly and quickly recorded 8 songs and then dissapered.

All they left behind is an album African roots. It's an incredible and ground breaking collaboration, done long before anyone was attempting such a crossover, and even before reggae had become popular in Africa.

Seke Molenga, Kalo Kawongolo, Lee Perry - Guipimbu
Seke Molenga, Kalo Kawongolo, Lee Perry - Mengieb

Buy this album as CD or mp3:
Lee Perry Presents African Roots From The Black Ark


Nayim Alal - Prayer 
Sonic africa wishes u happy year 2010 - let your wishes will be fullfilled