Culture - Music
  • Rasheed Ali to visit Africa for first time
    11 april 2003 14:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Despite fears among many artists to travel abroad from the US at this time, recording artist Rasheed Ali will take time out from promoting his new CD, "Thunder in the Jungle," to make his first trip to Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritania postpones nomadic music festival
    27 march 2003 20:21:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian authorities have postponed the 13-17 nomadic music festival to a later date due to the unfavourable international context, a source at the French Cultural Centre (CCF) said here Thursday. Full text...

  • African Week opens with a concert in Brussels
    15 february 2003 13:56:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Several musical groups from several central African countries will participate in a concert in Brussels Saturday to mark the beginning of African Week, organised at the initiative of Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel. Full text...

  • Cesaria Evora to feature in Midnight Oil's new album
    09 january 2003 15:25:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora will feature in the new album "Gaie" by Australian band Midnight Oil, a source close to the artist's producer told PANA in Praia. Full text...

  • Year of Algeria starts in France with music festival
    02 january 2003 16:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- "Djazair, the Year of Algeria in France" has been officially launched in Paris, with several Algerian and French personalities attending the opening ceremony. Full text...

  • Ivorian reggae star Alpha Blondy performs in Cotonou
    29 november 2002 19:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ivorian music star Alpha Blondy is to stage a big concert in Cotonou, Benin Saturday, organisers announced Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts Africa Fête festival 2002 next month
    29 november 2002 07:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal is set to host the second edition of the International Festival of African Music, dubbed Africa Fête, 11-15 December, according to organisers of the continental event. Full text...

  • Cheb Mami wins second world music award
    17 november 2002 18:01:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian rai singer Cheb Mami has won the world Music Awardas the best Arabic language vocalist and the best disc seller in the Arab world. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean music festival kicks off in Madagascar
    08 november 2002 22:09:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Leading musical bands of five Indian Ocean island nations will Saturday take part in a joint concert on Nosy Be Island, north of Madagascar. Full text...

  • World stars to close Luanda's 'Casa Blanca' season
    22 october 2002 23:48:00
    LUANDA- Angola (PANA) -- Several world music stars like Cisco, Tracy Chapman from the US, Britain's Sting and others from Africa and Latin America are expected to perform at a festival to mark the closure of the "Casa Blanca" yearly season in Luanda from 10-11 November. Full text...

  • King Mensah builds musical bridge between Benin and Togo
    15 september 2002 16:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Singer King Mensah, the 2000 Kora Music Award winner in the category of traditional music, said he gets his inspiration from Togolese and Beninese cultures to produce songs which are appreciated by both peoples. Full text...

  • Guinea's Tabanka Djaz band in Luanda
    08 august 2002 12:14:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Guinea's Tabanka Djaz musical group arrived Wednesday in Luanda to stage various shows as part of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos on 28 August. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts second International Jazz festival
    09 june 2002 17:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The second International Jazz Festival is underway in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital. Full text...

  • Reunion band to perform in Zimbabwe
    06 june 2002 19:59:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion's band "Oussanoussava" which is popular because of its traditional "Sega" style leaves Saint Denis Sunday for a tour in Zimbabwe, musical sources disclosed in Saint Denis Thursday. Full text...

  • South African musician defends racist lyrics
    30 may 2002 11:32:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Mbongeni Ngema a renowned South African musician has defended racist lyrics on his new CD "Amandiya," saying he just wanted to provoke a race relations debate. Full text...

  • Over 100 expected at Ouagadougou Jazz festival
    25 april 2002 21:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- At least 100 musicians from seven countries are expected to perform during the 10th "Ouagadougou Jazz Festival" from 26 April to 4 May. Full text...

  • Sudanese Melodist Needs Kidney Donation
    21 april 2002 17:38:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Among Sudanese, the mention of Mohammed Wardi is like transmitting a signature tune on television or radio. Full text...

  • Govt panel says Malawian reggae star died of natural causes
    19 april 2002 19:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Presidential Commission of inquiry into the 26 November 2001 death in police custody of Malawi's reggae king, Evison Matafale, said Friday the singer died of "natural causes. Full text...

  • Bongo Maffin to make tour without lead vocalist
    05 april 2002 17:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's best music group, Bongo Mufin, said their US tour would go ahead despite the deportation of "Appleseed" the band's Zimbabwean lead vocalist. Full text...

  • Zao goes on stage next week in Ethiopia
    17 march 2002 18:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Alliance Ethio-Francaise, the French and Canadian embassies in Ethiopia and the International Francophonie Organisation have announced a musical concert for 21 March in Addis Ababa, to feature Congolese musician Casimir Soba, Alias Zao. Full text...

  • DR Congo musicians on world tour
    13 march 2002 13:32:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo's Wendo Kolosoy and Rumbanella music bands, plan a tour of Europe, America and Africa, to promote the Rumba (dance) across the world, organisers said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • South Africa's Miriam Makeba and Russian composer share award
    05 march 2002 21:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Celebrated South African singer Miriam Makeba and Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina have been named this year's winners of the two-million kronor (190,000- dollar) Polar Music Prize. Full text...

  • Benin to host an international music festival next week
    09 january 2002 23:09:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An international music festival is scheduled 17-27 January in Benin's main cities, said officials of the French Cultural Centre in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Malian singer sued for failing to honour contract
    04 january 2002 15:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Music promoters in Abidjan have lodged a complaint against Malian singer Salif Keita for "failure to honour a contract" to perform in the Ivorian capital in December. Full text...

  • More concerts to benefit flood victims in Algeria
    19 december 2001 19:31:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The national symphonic orchestra of Algeria, led by Amine Kouider who was recently appointed a UNESCO "artist for peace", Wednesday performed a concert of universal classical music at the national Algerian theatre in Algiers. Full text...

  • Ziskakan releases its latest album called "Rimayer" in Reunion
    12 december 2001 20:16:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Ziskakan musical group's 11th album titled "Rimayer" has been released this week in Reunion, reports the sub-regional agency (MATERA). Full text...

  • Malawian Reggae musician buried
    28 november 2001 21:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's reggae musician, Evison Matafale, 32, who died Tuesday in police custody was buried Wednesday at Chileka near Blantyre at a funeral attended by some 10,000 people from all walks of life. Full text...

  • Benin's music celebrities to launch old-timers album
    19 november 2001 15:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Volume 2 of a compilation of songs by old Benin music celebrities would be officially launched on 24 November, according the initiator of the project, Jean Luc Akplogan. Full text...

  • African music reaches 389 million television viewers
    02 november 2001 21:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A total of 15 music categories would be recognised when Sun City hosts the 6th annual Kora All- Africa Music Awards on Saturday, and one international figure will join an illustrious group of leaders awarded for their lifetime achievements. Full text...

  • Govt supports Benin's representative to Sun City
    29 october 2001 11:22:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's representative in the 2001 Kora Awards to be held in Sun City, South Africa, singer Albert Bessanvi alias Gbessi Zolawadji, has received a government grant of 700 million CFA francs (over 900 thousand US dollars). Full text...

  • Ouagadougou to host HIV/AIDS awareness concert
    20 october 2001 13:51:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Top African musicians would on 8 December stage a concert in Ouagadougou, the proceeds of which would be used to in the fight against HIV/AIDS, sources said. Full text...

  • Malian musician to perform in Windhoek
    18 october 2001 22:42:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Rokia Traore, the young musical sensation from Mali, is to perform in Namibia 31 October at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) as part of her tour of Southern African and the Indian Ocean regions. Full text...

  • Sun City to Host Kora Awards
    16 october 2001 15:49:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Sun City celebrates its African essence by hosting Kora Awards for music of African origin, which is expected to reach 389 million television viewers worldwide. Full text...

  • International jazz festival opens in Tangier
    14 september 2001 15:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The second international jazz festival of Tangier will start on Friday and be held until 21 September in this seaport city on the Straits of Gibraltar. Full text...

  • Congolese musician stranded in Nairobi over visa fees
    23 august 2001 13:26:00
    NaAIROBI- Kenya (PANA) -- Congolese musician Werra Son and his Wenge Musica troupe are stranded in Nairobi owing to non-payment of 92,000 Kenyan shillings (about 1,180 US dollars) in visa fees. Full text...

  • UNESCO urges solidarity fund for African artists
    08 august 2001 20:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has urged African countries to set up and enforce mechanisms for protecting royalties due the continent's artists. Full text...

  • Ivorian reggae star performs for compatriots
    28 july 2001 16:32:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian reggae star Ismael Isaac, who sold more than 225,000 copies of his latest album "Black System," goes on stage Saturday for the first time at Abidjan's Hotel Ivoire. Full text...

  • Twenty countries to attend music festival in the Congos
    19 july 2001 14:13:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- About 20 countries from Africa and the Diaspora would take part in the 3rd Pan-African Music Festival (FESPAM) 4-11 August in Brazzaville and Kinshasa, the organisers said early this week. Full text...

  • International lute festival next week in Tetouan
    12 july 2001 23:36:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's third International Lute Festival will be held from 18 to 21 July in the northern Moroccan town of Tetouan. Full text...

  • Local musicians reach milestone
    12 july 2001 21:11:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Local musicians on Thursday reached a milestone when their newly-launched Namibia Music Industry Union (NAMIU) became the 10th affiliate of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW). Full text...

  • Swiss Afro-singer drops hint of new album
    12 june 2001 08:25:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Famara works on another album for Gambia Thomi Nikles, the Swiss reggae sensation who took Gambia as his African music roots, is set to present the Smiling Coast with a second album. Full text...

  • Seventh sacred music festival ends Saturday
    06 june 2001 15:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The seventh edition of the World Festival of Sacred Music, which opened last Saturday in Fes, will end on June. Full text...

  • Morocco to host popular arts festival in June
    05 june 2001 15:02:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The 37th edition of the National Popular Arts Festival (FNAP) will be held from 6 to 15 June in the southern Moroccan city of Marrakech on the theme: "Les Chants de l'Atlas" (Atlas Songs). Full text...

  • Benin's Afrik'Uny performs in Libreville, Gabon
    04 june 2001 12:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's music group Afrik'Uny is in Libreville, Gabon taking part in the festival of cultures that rolled off at the weekend, sources close to the band said. Full text...

  • Senegalese musical group in limelight at Louisiana festival
    02 may 2001 21:15:00
    Louisiana- United States (PANA) -- Senegalese music group, the Touré Kunda, was triumphantly acclaimed by thousands of people during its performance at the international Louisiana festival in the south of the United States. Full text...

  • Top superstars stream in for Saint-Louis Jazz Festival
    26 april 2001 13:10:00
    Saint Louis- Senegal (PANA) -- Famous jazz musicians have begun streaming into Senegal to participate in the ninth edition of the Saint Louis International Jazz Festival slated for 9 to 12 May, media sources said Thursday. Full text...

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