Culture - Music
  • Musician Jah Fakoly upbeat about Africa's future
    20 march 2005 17:42:00
    Le Touquet- France (PANA) -- Ivorian reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly has said although Africa was going through a difficult period, he was optimistic about the future based on a new spirit of awakening pervading the continent. Full text...

  • Senegalese music star performs Friday in Lusaka
    18 march 2005 09:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Senegalese superstar Ismael Lo is in Zambia to perform at a single concert Friday, organised in Lusaka by the French embassy, under its Alliance Française. Full text...

  • Mauritanian nomads music festival cost climbs
    15 march 2005 18:37:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The second International Nomads Music Festival will cost about 393,000 euros, a whooping 93,000 euros over the budget of the maiden edition in 2004, according to estimates released Tuesday by the organising committee. Full text...

  • Senegalese musicians entertain Mauritanians
    05 march 2005 11:42:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Senegalese musicians Omar Pene and Baba Maal performed Thursday and Friday in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. Full text...

  • McDaniel Arttison assists African musicians
    02 march 2005 19:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- US jazz singer Ellison McDaniel Arttison Wednesday offered to help African musicians seeking to improve their skills. Full text...

  • Singer Yannick Noah to perform in Cameroon February
    31 january 2005 20:14:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- French Cameroonian singer Yannick Noah, based in France, has lined up musical concerts in Douala and Yaounde in February, organisers said Monday. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean Lura to perform at Cannes MIDEM
    23 january 2005 17:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Cape Verdean singer Lura will on Monday perform at the International Market of Disc and Musical Education (MIDEM) festival in Cannes, France organised by the Inter- governmental Francophonie Agency, official sources said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Ivorian female singer to perform in Luanda
    21 january 2005 17:17:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Ivorian artist and singer, Dobet Gnahoré, is expected to arrive here 24 January at the invitation of the French Alliance, to hold two performances. Full text...

  • African production firms for Music Market in Cannes
    21 january 2005 16:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About 21 African production companies are expected to attend the 39th edition of the International Music Market (MIDEM) in Cannes (southern France), aimed at "promoting cultural expressions in French-speaking countries and defending cultural diversity," organisers said here. Full text...

  • Africa's greatest drummers to attend workshop in South Africa
    22 december 2004 10:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Some of Africa's greatest drummers will join together in a celebration of different beats next week at Marimba House in South Africa's Free State Province. Full text...

  • Benin's gospel music awards set for 25 December
    16 december 2004 09:55:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's second edition of the Hosanna Awards, presented to the country's best gospel musicians, will be held on 25 December at the Cotonou Conference Centre, sources close to the organisers said Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Queen Eteme returns to Dakar
    14 december 2004 10:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Cameroonian singer Queen Eteme is expected to return to Dakar in early January for an evening of performances whose proceeds will benefit street children in Senegal. Full text...

  • Togolese artist King Mensah nominated for Kora Awards 2004
    04 december 2004 13:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Togolese musician and artist King Mensah has been nominated for the Kora Awards 2004 edition slated later this month in South Africa, sources close to the singer revealed here Saturday. Full text...

  • Gabonese musician dies in Burkina Faso
    02 december 2004 20:27:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Gabonese musician Félix Eferol Ebo died Wednesday night in Ouagadougou after a short illiness, official sources told PANA Thursday in the Burkina capital. Full text...

  • Zao recalls hard days in the Congolese war
    30 november 2004 08:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Congolese singer Casimir Zoba alias Zao recalled here Monday that he went through very trying times during civil war of the mid-1990s, saying he took refuge in the forest for nine months. Full text...

  • First Black Music Awards holds mid December in Benin
    15 november 2004 17:19:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The first edition of the "Black Music Awards", an event to promote Black music, will be held here 18 December, organisers have said. Full text...

  • Malian music star Salif Keita back home
    30 october 2004 11:12:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Renowned Malian musician Salif Keita, who has lived abroad for last 20 years, says he is finally back home to join in nation building and share his experience with his compatriots. Full text...

  • Femi Anikupola Kuti tours France
    14 october 2004 20:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigerian musician Femi Kuti and his band kick off a tour of France Thursday in Marseilles, aimed at promoting their last album 'Africa Shrine' and the DVD 'Live at the Shrine'. Full text...

  • Angolan Sabino Henda is 'artist of the year'
    07 october 2004 21:17:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Musician Sabino Henda has won the 2004 edition of the "Top des plus aimés", a contest organised by the Angola National Radio (RNA) to select in concert with its listeners the country's three best musicians. Full text...

  • UNDP to launch song on MDGs in Africa
    03 october 2004 12:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will 18 October launch a song to promote achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets earmarked by the UN to improve the global standard of living by 2015. Full text...

  • Singer Angélique Kidjo kicks off 10-day French tour
    29 september 2004 22:06:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin music star Angélique Kidjo Wednesday in Paris launched a 10-day playing tour of France to showcase her new album. Full text...

  • Mali's Salif Keita defends value of African music
    27 september 2004 16:28:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Salif Keita, a leading musician of Malian origin, has urged African singers to defend their original values in order to progress significantly in the musical field on the continent. Full text...

  • West African drum master performs in Durban
    24 september 2004 11:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- West African drummer Eugene Ansah is running a 4-day drum workshop at Marimba House in Durban. Full text...

  • DR Congo's Papa Wemba in French court on 25 October
    07 september 2004 19:50:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- A prominent vocalist from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Papa Wemba, is to appear before the Bobigny court near Paris, France to answer charges of "trafficking in human beings", French judiciary sources told PANA in Brussels Tuesday. Full text...

  • Lebanese star Ragheb denies rumours of Tunis ban
    07 september 2004 12:04:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama has denied rumours that he had been banned from entering Tunisia after turning down an invitation to hold a special charity concert. Full text...

  • Zambian award winning songbird returns home
    05 september 2004 12:03:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- An enthusiastic crowd of supporters gave a thunderous welcome to Lindiwe Allamu Sunday on her return from Johannesburg, where the Zambian songbird won the M-net's 'Project Fame' reality singing television show. Full text...

  • Cesaria ةvora creates association in Cape Verde
    26 august 2004 23:01:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cesaria Avora, Cape Verde's leading vocalist, is the patron of the recently created association aimed at teaching music to talented youths in the archipelago, Infomed sources told PANA in Praia that the Cesaria Evora Cultural and Social Development Association (Association Cize) was negotiating with the mayor's office in Sao Vicente island, where she comes from, to acquire a hall where musical instruments will be installed for training purposes. Full text...

  • Portuguese investors desire role in DR Congo music industry
    23 august 2004 22:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Portuguese investors have expressed willingness to launch a music production firm specialising in the manufacture and distribution of cassettes, CDs and DVDs, official sources have revealed here. Full text...

  • Carthage Festival comes under fire
    16 august 2004 19:25:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The organisation and management of this year's Carthage festival in Tunisia has come under unprecedented attack from the media, after many shows were cancelled and others postponed, coupled with poor attendance. Full text...

  • Grammy Award nominee to perform in Cape Town
    10 august 2004 09:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Acclaimed musician Ustad Shujaat Khan who was this year nominated for a Grammy Award for his album 'The Rain' will perform in Cape Ton on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Beninese artistes train in gospel music
    08 august 2004 16:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A number of artistes from Benin are attending a training session on the characteristics of Gospel music, as part of the third edition of the Gospel and Roots Festival convening here. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Queen Eteme in Dakar to promote album
    07 august 2004 16:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Cameroonian singer Queen Eteme is in Dakar to promote her debut album, "Soki" ("And if" in Lingala), performing in various nightclubs in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • US-based hip-hop artist Wyclef to perform in Nigeria
    05 august 2004 20:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- US-based hip-hop superstar Wyclef Jean has arrived in Nigeria for a series of live performances in three cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Full text...

  • Famous Ghanaian musician dies
    03 august 2004 20:22:00
    Mampong- Ghana (PANA) -- A famous Ghanaian musician Akwasi Ampofo Adjei, 57, has died at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi after a short illness, family sources confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kerekou wants Africans, Diaspora bury historical hatchet
    03 august 2004 13:51:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese President Mathieu Kerekou has urged Africans on the continent and those of the Diaspora to "transcend the wrongs of history and rethink" the development of the continent. Full text...

  • UK to celebrate South African rhythm
    03 august 2004 12:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Londoners from all walks of life will celebrate the rhythm and beat of South Africa in their own backyard at the annual Viva South Africa weekend on 21-22 August. Full text...

  • South African Johnny Clegg tours France
    25 july 2004 11:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- South African musician Johnny Clegg is performing in Quimper this weekend as part of a tour of several French cities. Full text...

  • Disney faces lawsuit over famous South African song
    08 july 2004 11:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African family has launched a legal battle against movie giant Walt Disney seeking royalties for its use of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", one of the most popular songs of all time. Full text...

  • Papa Wemba back in Kinshasa
    23 june 2004 22:26:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese music star Shungu Wembadio (Papa Wemba) arrived here Tuesday to a hilarious welcome by fans who lined the road from N'djili international airport to the city centre. Full text...

  • Comoran vocalist Maalesh condemns musical piracy
    22 june 2004 18:15:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Comoran vocalist Maalesh, one of the most well known artists outside the Indian Ocean archipelago explained why he and Salim Ali Amir as well as other professionals decided to stage a symbolic march during World Music Day. Full text...

  • Senegalese musician Ismael Lo in Angola
    16 june 2004 19:36:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Senegalese musician Ismael Lo is scheduled to perform Wednesday at Luanda's Karl Marx cinema to begin his southern African tour. Full text...

  • Miriam Makeba commends end of apartheid, but...
    08 june 2004 11:38:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- South African legendary singer Miriam Makeba, one of the greatest divas of African music, has said that South Africans were happy that the Apartheid system has come to an end, even though "it has not completely disappeared. Full text...

  • Jimmy Cliff implores Africans to unite, take on a new name
    05 june 2004 11:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Jamaican Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff entreated Africans Friday here to not only band together but even do away with a name signifying 'separation'. Full text...

  • Singers push for new African spirit, image
    05 june 2004 10:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A three-day musical fiesta conceived to play up the positive side of Africa shifts Saturday evening to Demba Diop stadium here, after the opening concert Friday night on Goree Island overlooking the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Cameroon copyright firm heads for shambles
    02 june 2004 14:31:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The chairman of the commission to counter piracy in the Cameroonian music industry has warned that corrupt practices were taking the industry down the drain. Full text...

  • Soweto String Quartet thrills Paris
    25 may 2004 18:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The "Soweto String Quartet" of South Africa staged what reporters acknowledged as a "very successful" show Monday night at the Forum des Halles. Full text...

  • Baba Maal attracts thousands of fans in Nouakchott
    14 may 2004 15:53:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Senegalese music star and king of Yela music, Baba Maal and his Le Dende Lenol band, attracted thousands of fans during a concert at the former Nouakchott Youth Club in the Mauritian capital Thursday night. Full text...

  • Brenda's fan commits suicide
    12 may 2004 14:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A young South African man, distraught at the news of star singer Brenda Fassie's death, has committed suicide, a local newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mayada Al Hinawi sings for Tunisia
    11 may 2004 20:39:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Prominent Syrian singer Mayada Al Hinawi, who is about to release a new album in Cairo, Egypt has indicated plans to record a song for Tunisia, which she will sing at the Carthage Festival this summer. Full text...

  • Brenda Fassie's health deteriorates, says family
    07 may 2004 14:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African top singer Brenda Fassie's health has taken a turn for the worse and her family is now hoping for divine intervention. Full text...

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