Culture - Music
  • Botswana: Mobile network operator continues to support artiste in Botswana
    13 march 2017 09:06:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s most successful musician, Vee Mampeezy, has inked a deal with the country’s mobile operator, Orange Botswana, a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading telecommunication companies, Orange. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA-born musician selected for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    24 december 2016 08:15:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Musician Trevor Rabin has been selected as the first South African musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina launches programme to support musicians
    18 august 2015 21:25:57
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's ministry of Culture and Tourism has launched a programme called "Ten video clips operation" and "Spring singles operation" in a bid to strengthen the promotion of music in the West African country. Full text...

  • Congo: 10th FESPAM edition on 18-25 July in Brazzaville
    13 july 2015 20:12:37
    Sibiti, Congo (PANA) – The 10th edition of the Pan-African music festival (FESPAM) will be held from 18 to 25 July in Brazzaville, Congo, under the theme, "The dynamics of African music in the diversity of cultural expressions", Congolese national radio reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS to partner with urban music organizers to deepen regional integration
    04 may 2015 14:50:34
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has pledged to strengthen partnership with the organizers of the Urban Music Festival (Festival des Musiques Urbaines d’Anoumba FEMUA), as a way of deepening integration of the region using culture and music. Full text...

  • France: Orange launches 4th edition of music contest in Africa
    01 april 2015 11:40:54
    Paris, France (PANA) - In order to promote new African music talents, StarAfrica.com, Orange's entertainment portal in Africa, is launching the fourth edition of the StarAfrica Sounds music contest. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Prominent musicians to spread the word on healthier diets
    10 november 2014 13:27:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A group of prominent Rwandan artists, who are specialised in playing Afro-Pop, Rap and R Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: American jazz band to tour Côte d'Ivoire
    02 july 2014 20:01:46
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The American jazz band, Stephane Wrembel Band, begins a tour of Côte d'Ivoire on Friday at the invitation of the US Ambassador, Terence McCulley, to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the US independence. Full text...

  • Togo: Toofan musical group home after MTV Music Awards in South Africa
    11 june 2014 15:05:10
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese music group, Toofan, was received triumphantly Tuesday in Lomé on its return from Durban, South Africa, where it won the MTV Music Awards in the category "Best francophone artist", official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian singer Habib Koité to release new album
    25 april 2014 20:48:38
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian singer Habib Koité will on Friday 2 May in Bamako release his latest album titled "Saô", which means "At home", PANA has learned from the organizing committee of the event. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Music festival ''Nuits des Solistes'' opens in Sousse on Friday
    10 april 2014 21:47:48
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The 12th international edition of the festival, "Nuits des Solistes", begins on Friday in Sousse with the participation of several artistes from Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Brazil, Cuba, Belgium, USA, Azerbaijan, France and Tunisia. Full text...

  • Togo: Lomé to host international music festival
    08 april 2014 20:10:35
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) – The seventh edition of the international music festival dubbed "Africa Rhythms" is expected to be held from 28 April to 3 May in the Togolese capital, Lomé, sources close to organizers told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malian artist Salif Kéïta cancels Jerusalem concert
    27 august 2013 22:11:54
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian musician Salif Kéïta has cancelled his participation in a concert on Friday in Jerusalem, Israel, following threats from a pro-Palestinian group advocating the boycott of Israel, Malian private newspaper “Le Républicain’’ reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO pledges support for African artists
    14 july 2013 14:48:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova on Saturday in Brazzaville reaffirmed her organisation's willingness to support African artists. Full text...

  • American pop star, Christina Aguilera, on humanitarian visit to Rwanda
    27 june 2013 14:01:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Music star Christina Aguilera is in Rwanda for a two-day humanitarian visit during which she is billed to tour various Congolese refugee camps before launching several charity projects, PANA learnt here Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • Cuba to participate in Brazzaville Pan-African music festival
    28 february 2013 22:25:45
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Cuban ambassador in Congo, Mrs Alba Beatriz Solo Pimental, on Thursday said Brazzaville that Cuban artistes would participate in the 9th edition of the Pan-African music festival (FESPAM) to be held from 13 to 20 July in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Comorian singer, Mohamed Hassane, dies
    28 january 2013 15:29:09
    Moroni, Comoros (PANA) – Comorian singer and instrumentalist Mohamed Hassane Mchangama, died here Monday at the age of 81, PANA reports Full text...

  • Kinshasa agog as African musicians usher in Francophonie Summit
    11 october 2012 12:37:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital, "vibrated" Wednesday evening to the beat of more than 100 musicians from french-speaking African countries as leaders from the 75-nation Francophonie gather here for their biennial summit on Friday, PANA reports. Full text...

  • Malawi's top musician out of hospital, 'fit as a fiddle'
    12 september 2012 09:04:49
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's number one musician Lucius Banda, the self-styled 'soldier of the poor man', is out of hospital in South Africa and he is expected to return home soon, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Ivorian singer, A’salfo, to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    27 august 2012 16:16:10
    Paris, France (PANA) - A’salfo, the Ivorian lead singer of the group, Magic System, will be named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, at a special nomination ceremony at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters on 6 September. Full text...

  • American musicians in Tanzania for Annual Dar Jazz Event
    20 april 2012 10:18:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Promoting cultural exchanges among nations is essential to strengthening partnerships, American jazz musician Bobby Rickets said here Friday as he and his group began a four-day Annual Dar Jazz event that includes workshops for local artistes and performances. Full text...

  • Angolan Reggae musicians remember Bob Marley
    03 february 2012 13:52:55
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Reggae artistes in Angola, under the Association of Reggae Music Friends (NARA), will organize an international show in Luanda, the Angolan capital, 6 February to mark the 67th birthday anniversary of the "King of Reggae music", the late Bob Marley. Full text...

  • Second edition of project to cater for young African prisoners launched
    18 january 2012 15:34:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A Canadian musician of Cameroonian origin, Olivier Cheuwa, has launched the second edition of the project 'Soul Care', aimed at raising money to cater for young African prisoners. Full text...

  • Top Senegalese musician advises colleagues on piracy
    23 december 2011 12:02:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Switzerland-based Senegalese musician Nana Cissokho has urged other musicians to do everything possible to secure their albums against piracy. Full text...

  • Singer John Legend to perform at Angolan gala in November
    20 october 2011 11:26:47
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - American R&B singer John Legend will perform at a fundraising gala being organised by the Angolan Red Cross on 5 November 2011. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian music star ends career
    26 september 2011 22:10:30
    Paris, France (PANA) – Cape Verdian music star, Cesaria Evora, has ended her career for health reasons, her production house, Lusafrica, announced in Paris on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Seun Kuti to tour France in October
    23 september 2011 22:01:21
    Paris, France (PANA) – Nigerian singer, Seun Kuti, will on 12 October begin a tour of France, which will open with a concert in Aucamvillen in Eastern France, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Seun Kuti to tour France
    29 july 2011 12:31:06
    Paris, France (PANA) - Nigerian musician Seun Kuti, son of music legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, will begin a tour of France 4 August with a concert in Sete, in the southern part of the European country, PANA learnt here Friday. Full text...

  • Many African musicians perform at Festival de Thau in France
    21 july 2011 15:58:41
    Paris, France (PANA) - Various African musicians, including Tkien Jah Fakoly of Cote d'Ivoire, and the Malian Mamani Keita, will participate in the 21st Festival de Thau, in southern France, organizers told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo's president justifies decision to halt FESPAM
    12 july 2011 10:57:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has justified his decision to halt the eighth Pan African Music Festival (FESPAM), after the death of seven people in a stampede Saturday night at the entrance of the Felix Eboue stadium, during the opening of the cultural event. Full text...

  • Congo halts FESPAM after stadium stampede killed 7
    11 july 2011 13:53:00
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has halted the eighth edition of the Panafrican Music Festival (FESPAM) following the death of seven persons Saturday night in a stampede at the entrance of the Felix Eboue stadium in Poto-Poto, central Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Jazz legend Herbie Hancock to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    08 july 2011 16:22:38
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will designate American jazz musician, Herbie Hancock, as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 22 July. Full text...

  • Ivorian reggae star holds African week in France
    14 june 2011 18:16:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Ivorian reggae star, Tiken Jah Fakoly, is holding an African week in France, marked among others by film screenings, book presentations and concerts. It will run till Saturday. Full text...

  • Two Senegalese musicians to perform at Stade de France
    08 june 2011 21:49:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese musicians Baaba Maal and Coumba Gawlo Seck will on Saturday attend the humanitarian concert dubbed "La nuit Africaine" (The African evening) at Stade de France in Paris, a statement made available to PANA said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • WIPO to help West African musicians
    08 june 2011 20:05:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, on Wednesday announced a project to help musical artists in 11 West African countries to get paid for their work through a single, standardised registration system. Full text...

  • Paris to host night of African music Saturday
    06 june 2011 13:44:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - Several African music stars, including Mali’s Mory Kante, Senegal's Baaba Maal, and Ivorian Alpha Blondy, are to feature in an African music night, slated for Saturday at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, PANA learnt here Monday from the organizers. Full text...

  • Popular Senegalese singer dies
    31 march 2011 17:10:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese singer Marie Ndiaye Ndèye Gawlo died Thursday morning in Dakar after a brief illness, PANA learnt from sources. Full text...

  • Album by 2 Mali musicians wins US Grammy award
    17 february 2011 13:41:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The album "Ali and Toumani" by Malian musicians Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, won the Grammy award for the best album in traditional music at the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony held overnight Monday in Los Angeles, US, PANA learned Thursday from Malian musical sources. Full text...

  • R. Kelly in Ethiopia for New Year concert
    31 december 2010 12:42:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - In continuation of the tradition by Ethiopia-born Saudi business tycoon Mohammad Hussein Al-Amoudin, Black-American crooner R. Kelly has arrived in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to perform at a concert to ring in the Western New Year Friday night. Full text...

  • Senegalese musician Baaba Maal highlights need for education in Africa
    06 december 2010 23:00:15
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Senegalese musician, Baaba Maal, has highlighted education as the most important gift that can be offered to the African youth. Full text...

  • American musician, George Benson, thrills fans in Angola
    02 august 2010 10:40:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Multi-Grammy-Award winning American musician George Bens on serenaded his fans in Luanda, Angola, Saturday at a music show, according to Angola's press agency, AN GOP. Full text...

  • US jazz group in Cote d'Ivoire
    02 june 2010 12:54:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An American jazz group, the Freddie Bryant Kale idoscope Jazz Trio, is in Cote d'Ivoire as part of a 30-day regional tour that will also take them it to Mali, Benin and Senegal. Full text...

  • Angolan music star performs in Paris
    30 march 2010 11:36:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan singer Yuri da Cunha was due to joining Italian music star Eros Ramazzotti to perform in a concert Tuesday night at the Bercy arena, in Paris, France, as part of a tour of Europe by the Italian musician. Full text...

  • Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour tours France
    23 march 2010 14:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour on Tuesday begins a tour of France with a concert in the capital, Paris. Full text...

  • Concerts planned in Dakar to mark independence anniversaries
    12 march 2010 11:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Three major concerts are slated to begin in Dakar, Seneg al, Saturday as part of activities marking the 50th independence anniversaries of 17 French-speaking Afr ican nations, organiser Leopold Sedar Senghor French Institute announced in a statement obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • Senegalese musician, Mauritanian partner to build recording studio
    24 january 2010 13:01:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Senegalese musician, Demba Dia, popularly ca lled Rock M'balakh, and his Mauritanian partner, Dey Ould Amar, will soon set up a recording studio from where musicians across the continent can record their wo r ks. Full text...

  • Third Celestial Music Festival opens on Friday in Benin
    16 december 2009 22:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The third edition of the International Christian Celestial Music Festival starts on Friday in Cotonou, sources close to the organizers reported Wednesday in the Benin economic capital. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Music festival starts Tuesday
    11 december 2009 14:05:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the Cameroonian Music Festival ( JCM) will start here Tuesday, an informed source told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Senegalese emerges RFI Discoveries 2009 prize winner
    27 november 2009 08:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Senegalese singer Naby has emerged the winner of the RFI Dis coveries prize 2009, after an evening of performance held here Wednesday evening. Full text...

  • DR Congo pays tribute to late popular musician, Franco
    12 october 2009 16:19:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Minister of Culture and Arts of the DR Congo, Es dras Kambale, Sunday called on Congolese to to pay a glowing tribute to musician Luambo Makiadi who died 20 years ago. Full text...

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