Culture - Music
  • Expert emphasises African influence in Michael Jackson's music
    02 july 2009 17:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The African-American singer, Michael Jackson, who died la st Thursday, owed Africa the liveliness of his dance and his choreography, Victo r Adelaï, trainer in voice and concert organiser, said Thursday in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Togolese female singer hails improvement of African women
    27 may 2009 23:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Togolese female singer Afiwavi Mawulana Missohou, alias Afia Mala, on Tuesday expressed satisfaction about the improvement of the situation of African women, stressing the importance of their social role. Full text...

  • Israeli musical conductor's visit to Cairo stirs controversy
    08 april 2009 18:37:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – Israeli musical conductor, D-aniel Barenboim, has confirmed his participation in a show fixed for 16 April in Egypt despite opposition from a number of intellectuals and activists to Israelis performing in Egypt. Full text...

  • Senegalese musician pleads for global peace
    22 january 2009 10:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese musician and roving ambassador for peace in the world Oumar Pene on Thursday made a passionate plea for the restoration of peace in Africa and around the world. Full text...

  • African music, dance festival kick off Thursday in Lome
    07 july 2008 15:58:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A music and dance festival for Africans in diaspora, dubbed "Africarythms", will be held here from Thursday to Saturday, organisers of the e v ent, Association "Integraale", said Monday. Full text...

  • Veteran Nigerian musician dies, the fourth in 2 months
    22 june 2008 08:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Barely two months after Nigeria lost three key music pra ctitioners, another legend, Oliver De Coque, died Friday here, the Punch newspap e r reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Paris hosts exhibition on late Egyptian singer Oum Kalsoum
    17 june 2008 12:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An exhibition on the life and career of famous Egyptian s inger, Oum Kalsoum, opened here Monday. Full text...

  • Woman elected head of Cameroon's Musical Art Corporation
    09 june 2008 19:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Musician Odile Ngaska was Sunday elected chairperson of the Board of Directors of Cameroon's Musical Art Corporation (SOCAM) during a n extraordinary meeting of the corporation here. Full text...

  • Ex-tennis champion turned singer, Noah performs in Port-Louis
    25 april 2008 18:13:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Former French tennis champion, who has switched to music, Yannick Noah, is to perform a concert on Friday evening at Swami Vivekananda International Center, in Pailles, in the Mauritian capital, sources close to the singer's staff told PANA. Full text...

  • Nouakchott International Nomad Music Festival kicks off
    08 april 2008 23:32:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the International Nomad Mu sic Festival in Nouakchott (FIMNN) opened on Monday in the Ksar Stadium, a commu n e in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Nouakchott Music Festival to kick off 7 April
    14 february 2008 20:24:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the international music fe stival of Nouakchott is due from 7-11 April in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakcho t t, sources close to the organizers announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • African artistes attend WOMEX in Spain
    25 october 2007 22:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Musicians from 10 French-speaking countries, including eight from Africa, are participating in the international market of world music (WOMEX) in Seville, Spain. Full text...

  • Miriam Makeba to sing until she's 90
    12 july 2007 21:51:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Famous South-African singer, Miriam Makeba says she will sing until she reaches three scores and thirty. Full text...

  • Nigeria's top Highlife musician, Osadebe, dies at 73
    15 may 2007 11:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The man described as the "doyen of Highlife" in Nigeria, Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, has died at the age of 73, according to his son, Obiajulu. Full text...

  • Ismaël Lô set for South African tour
    27 march 2007 15:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – Senegalese musician Ismaël -Lô said on Monday in Paris that he would begin a marathon tour in South Africa to promote his latest album "Senegal". Full text...

  • Senegalese singer Baaba Maal back from medical trip to London
    08 december 2006 13:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese musician Baaba Maal is back in Dakar after a five-month stay in London, for medical treatment, his communications office said here. Full text...

  • Ivorian musician "Douk-Saga" dies in Ouagadougou
    13 october 2006 16:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Ivorian singer, Stéphane Doukouré alias "Douk-Saga," has died at the El Fateh Suka private hospital in Ouagadougou, the local media reported in the Burkinabe capital Friday. Full text...

  • Malian Ali Farka Touré's posthumous CD released in France
    19 september 2006 10:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) - – A compact disk featuring music by Malian singer and guitarist Ali Farka Touré, who died on 7 March 2006 in Bamako, has been released posthumously in France. Full text...

  • Johnny Clegg In Concert For Peace In Africa
    14 august 2006 15:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – South African singer and gu-itarist, Johnny Clegg, is staging a concert Monday evening in Lourdes, southwest France, to promote peace in Africa, organisers said here. Full text...

  • International nomadic music festival opens in Nouakchott
    11 april 2006 19:06:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The third international nomadic music Festival opened in the Mauritanian capital Monday night. Full text...

  • Nouakchott to host 3rd international nomadic music festival
    05 april 2006 19:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The third international nomadic music festival opens in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott 10 April, the organisers said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Bamako set for 3rd edition of Malian music festival
    21 december 2005 16:49:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The third edition of the annual Malian Music Awards, "The 2005 Tamani", kicks off here 26 December, organisers said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • 10 get awards at 2nd 'Black Music' festival
    12 december 2005 22:32:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ten artists and personalities have been given prizes for their roles in promoting Black music across the globe at the 2nd "Black Music Awards" held here at the weekend, organisers revealed Monday. Full text...

  • Participants from 10 African countries at SICA II
    20 november 2005 14:38:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Participants from ten West African countries will attend the second festival of the "Stars of African Cultural Integration" (SICA) opening Monday in Cotonou, the Benin capital. Full text...

  • Malian musician Aly Farka Touré suffers paraplegia
    17 november 2005 18:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Renowned Malian musician Aly Farka Touré suffered paralysis in the legs a fortnight ago, a close associate of the artist revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Benin to host 'Black music awards' December
    13 november 2005 11:34:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The second edition of the 'Black Music Awards' designed to promote African music on the continent and the Diaspora takes place here 10 December, organisers announced Sunday. Full text...

  • Stage set for RFI 2005 Musiques du Monde Prize
    04 november 2005 17:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The RFI 2005 Musiques du Monde Prize will be awarded 10 November at a concert of finalists Ba Cissoko, Naneth and Tcheka at the Dakar-based Léopold Sédar Senghor Institute, sources close to the institute revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • Bob Marley's son in Mauritius for concert
    31 october 2005 13:13:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Julian Marley, one of the sons of the late Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley, is in Mauritius where he is due to perform at a concert late Monday at Rose-Hill, 20-km south of Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Lebanon's Ragheb Alama expected in Nouakchott
    26 september 2005 10:28:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Lebanese star singer Ragheb Alama is expected to stage a concert in Nouakchott this coming weekend, sources close to the organisers said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Malian court fines Ivorian Reggae star for breach of contract
    12 september 2005 21:06:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A court in Bamako, the Maliain capital, has ordered Ivorian reggae musician Seydou Doumbia, alias Tiken Jah Fakoly to pay 14 million CFA francs to organisers of Bamako International Music Festival (FIMBA), for a breach of contract last year, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Ivorian artists to stage peace concerts
    04 august 2005 18:54:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian musicians John Yaley, Gadji Celi, Mawa Traore and others begin a tour on Saturday to promote peace among fellow compatriots in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • Alioune MBaye Nder performs in Nouakchott
    30 july 2005 17:14:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Senegalese musician Alioune Mbaye Nder's Friday night concert in Nouakchott drew a thousand people at the Racing Club in the Mauritanian capital. Full text...

  • Youssou N'Dour calls for African musicians' body
    28 july 2005 17:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese superstar Youssou Ndour on Thursday called for the setting-up of an Association of African Professional Musicians (AMPA) designed to better organise the sector in the continent. Full text...

  • Congo describes slavery as Africa's greatest tragedy
    10 july 2005 12:48:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's minister of culture, arts and tourism, Jean Claude Gakosso has described slavery as the greatest tragedy in the history of Africa. Full text...

  • Brazzaville pan-African music festival begins Saturday
    08 july 2005 18:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Artists from African, the American and Caribbean countries will participate in the fifth Pan-African Musical Festival (FESPAM), which opens Saturday in the Félix Eboué stadium of Brazzaville, Congo. Full text...

  • Salif Keita performs in Libreville
    24 june 2005 22:32:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Salif Keita, the Malian superstar, arrived in Libreville on Friday to perform two concerts in the Gabonese capital, organisers said here. Full text...

  • Three Central African bands to perform in Paris
    21 june 2005 16:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Three Central African musical bands plan holding a concert Tuesday in Paris at the headquarters of Alliance Francais, an organisation working for the promotion of the French language worldwide. Full text...

  • Stars of African cultural integration brace for selection
    03 june 2005 10:34:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The second edition of the Stars of African Cultural Integration (SICA), an event held to reward African cultural talents, has been scheduled for December in Porto-Novo, organisers announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Ivorian star Alpha Blondy arrives in Mauritius
    02 june 2005 19:48:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Ivorian reggae star Alpha Blondy arrived Thursday in Mauritius where he will hold a concert Saturday evening at Germain Commarmond Stadium, in Bambous, in the west of the island. Full text...

  • Baaba Maal to celebrate 20 years with band
    27 may 2005 20:15:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal will from 3 to 5 June in Nouakchott celebrate the 20th anniversary of the formation of his band called "Dende Lenool. Full text...

  • SA band to perform at Emancipation from Slavery Celebration
    13 may 2005 08:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Lesedi Cultural Performers from South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province has left the country to perform at the Emancipation from Slavery Celebration in Martinique, an island in the Caribbean. Full text...

  • Evora undergoes operation in Paris
    12 may 2005 20:48:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Famous Cape Verdian superstar Cesaria Evora has undergone in Paris a surgical operation to open her coronary arteries, sources close to the singer told PANA. Full text...

  • Tiken Jah Fakoly to attend Francopholies musical festival
    26 april 2005 23:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly will be the guest star at the 21st Francopholies, a modern music festival billed for 12-17 July at La Rochelle in southwest France, sources told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian musician Richard Bona to perform in Nouakchott
    25 april 2005 20:53:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Cameroonian musician Richard Bona will be on stage here on 2 May at the invitation of the French cultural centre in Nouakchott, officials indicated Monday in the Mauritanian capital. Full text...

  • Senegal gets new rap records company
    20 april 2005 09:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Akonliv Afrik, a new record company, has been established in Dakar to promote Senegalese hip-hop throughout Africa and overseas. Full text...

  • Senegalese musician creates balafon association
    14 april 2005 17:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese musician, Mamadou Kalade has founded "Marimbalafon", an association aimed to promote the balafon, a musical instrument played in several regions of the world, notably in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Full text...

  • Malian bluesman launches foundation to promote music, culture
    13 april 2005 18:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian bluesman Aly Farka Toure, a 1995 Grammy Awards winner, has set up a foundation bearing his name, informed sources told PANA here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South African jazz legend fights for life in hospital
    08 april 2005 08:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan and Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool visited seriously ill music legend Robbie Jansen Thursday night at a Cape Town hospital. Full text...

  • Eight foreign groups attend Nouakchott's Festival
    06 april 2005 16:19:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Eight groups from abroad are participating in the second edition of Nouakchott's International Nomad Music Festival that kicked off three days ago here. Full text...

  • Manu Dibango begins French tour Friday
    29 march 2005 12:54:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Legendary Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango begins a tour of several French cities that kicks off in New Morning, Paris this Friday, organisers said Tuesday. Full text...

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