Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits, a revolutionary music group originating in Zimbabwe, have been performing since 1979. Mtukudzi’s organic, savvy mix of traditional ways, pan-African influences, and cosmopolitan pop forms became widely known as Tuku Music.Mtukudzi’s deep and courageous voice solidifies the band, while most of their writing and performances act as a declaration against hatred and violence.
Born in the Ivory Coast, but raised in Mali, Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) has created music that has become an inspiration to people around the world. In 2011, Fatou released her self-titled debut album, on which she composed and arranged all the titles, as well as played guitar, percussion, bass and sang lead and harmony vocals. It was deemed by the British based The Sunday Times as the #1 world music album of 2011.
London-based Ethiopian trio, Krar Collective, have developed a distinctive style based on the reworking of traditional songs from their native land. Dubbed ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes” for their stripped-down sound, Krar Collective provide their audiences with a colorful blend of dynamic roots music from different regions and ethnic traditions, but with a contemporary edge, plugged-in and funked-up. In September of 2012, The Guardian described Krar Collective as "one of the most rousing, reliable new African bands of the year."
DJ Sirak, born in Addis Ababa, adds depth to the conversation by making Afro-beat a prominent influence in his style. Sirak matches the beats of artists like the Notorious B.I.G and Dead Prez to the up-tempo drums and breaks from his homeland.
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