Is the future of music in Eastern #Africa, in its past? This should be a n interesting discussion, one not to miss. Join us at the ONGEA! 2018 - The 3rd Eastern Africa Music Summit, Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th February at The Sarit Centre Expo Hall from 12pm-10pm Daily. Entry is Free!


ONGEA! 2018 is proudly powered by  Capital FM, Kubamba, TRACE Mziki, Mdundo,  Pulse Live, PHAT!buzz, Music In Africa, EnM Group

AuthorRab Bakari

The 12th Sauti Za Busara @SautiZaBusara International Music Festival 2018 - #StoneTown #Zanzibar #Tanzania #Africa was a huge success. 😃 Some impressive musical acts / bands that caught my attention with their music, stagecraft and delivery were:

Maia & The Big Sky 💥

CAC Fusion 💥

Zanzibar Taraab Ensemble 💥

Mlimani Park Orchestra 💥

Diana Samkange Mangwenya 💥 Mzungu Kichaa 💥 Mapanya Band 💥Isack Abeneko 💥Makadem 💥 Siti & The Band 💥 Segere Original 💥 Saida Karoli 💥 Simbin Project 💥 Somi 💥 Kasai All-stars 💥 Zakes Bantwini





@simbimProject @mzunguKichaa @ The Old Fort


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Rab Bakari attended and participated in the ACCES BY THE Music In Africa Foundation  Dakar, Sénégal - 17-18 NOV 2017

Here are the conference sessions /panels


The Music In Africa Conference For Collaborations, Exchange And Showcases, or simply ACCES, is the ideal platform for music industry players from across the continent to exchange ideas, discover new talent and accelerate the shaping of the vibrant music sector on the continent.

ACCES is held in a different African city every year, attracting delegates from many countries. The event is spread over two days, offering a dynamic programme designed to benefit local participants and visiting delegates. The programme typically offers training workshops, panel discussions, presentations, live performances, networking sessions, exhibitions and visits to key music industry hubs in the host city.

Wherever it is held, ACCES presents opportunities for the local industry to showcase its musical works to a diverse audience while fostering business exchange and the creation of a strong network of music professionals on the continent.

This is why you should attend:

  • ACCES is attended by influential people in African music, from festival bookers to funders, policymakers to musicians, NGOs, record labels and distributors, musicians and many more.
  • ACCES provides the ideal platform for the local industry to engage, showcase its offerings and do business with other industries (local and global).
  • ACCES is pan-African and accessible – it moves to a different African city every year.
  • ACCES helps musicians to get touring opportunities.
  • ACCES offers valuable insights into the music sector on the continent. 
    • Connect with the industry.
    • Showcase to bookers/businesses who may open new doors for you.
    • Meet local, regional and international professionals who are keen to do business.
    • Be part of a sustainable network.
    • Make new partnerships.
    • Join an active network of music professionals on the continent.
    • Promote your work/your business to a wider audience.
    • Learn new things.
    • Share your ideas.


The broader objectives of ACCES are:

  • To connect and promote exchange between music professionals from, or related to, Africa and its diaspora;
  • to facilitate the discovery of African music talent & new opportunities;
  • to provide reliable and useful information that promotes the African music sector and its operators;
  • to encourage the creation of content by Africans, about Africa or related to Africa and its diaspora;
  • to improve the distribution, accessibility and viability of African musical works;
  • to strengthen music networks and collaboration on the continent;
  • to encourage growth in the African music sector.


ACCES started in 2016 as a small feature on the Music In Africa Foundation’s AGM Plus programme. The AGM Plus was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and attended by delegates from more than 15 countries. The keynote address was delivered by legendary Ethio-jazz musician Mulatu Astatke. From 2017 the AGM Plus will be packaged as ACCES.


The programme is implemented in English and French, with professional translation.

2017 Edition

ACCES 2017 will take place in Dakar, Senegal, on 17 and 18 November. For the 2017 programme, partners and other information visit the official website. ACCES is an initiative of the Music In Africa Foundation. It is supported by the Siemens Foundation, the Goethe-Institut, Teranga Jam Fest, the Association of Musicians of Senegal and other partners.

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• Best Female Artiste in Central Africa

Montess (Cameroon) “In Love With a GunMan”

• Best Male Artiste in Central Africa

Locko (Cameroon) “Supporte ft Mr Leo”

• Best Female Artiste in East Africa

Nandy (Tanzania) “One Day”

• Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa

Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) “Firkir Yishala”

• Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa

Ibitssam Tiskat (Morocco) “Menak Wla Meni”

• Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa

Shayfeen (Morocco) “Wach Kayn Wader”

• Best Female in Southern Africa

Thandiswa (South Africa) “Nonsokolo”

• Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa

Emtee (South Africa) “We Up”

• Best Male Artiste in West Africa

Wizkid (Nigeria) “Come Closer ft Drake”

• Best Female Artiste in West Africa

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) “All Over”


Best Male Artiste in Inspirational

Gilad (Kenya) “Angel Uriel’ ft Omer Millo”

• Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music

Asikey (Nigeria) “Earth Attack”

• Best Artiste or Group in African Contemporary

Wande Coal (Nigeria) “Iskaba Ft. DJ Tunez”

• Most Promising Artiste in Africa

Neza (Rwanda) “Uranyica”

• Best African Group

Toofan (Togo) “Tere Tere”

• Best African Collaboration

Ali Kiba ft MI (Tanzania) “Aje”

• Best Artiste in African Rock

Gilad (Kenya) “Angel Uriel”

• Best Artiste in African Jazz

Nduduzo Mhakatini (South Africa) “Igagu

• Best Artiste or Group in African Electro

Nsoki (Angola) “Africa Unite ft DJ Maphorisa and Paulo Alves”

• Best Artiste or Group in African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall

2Baba (Nigeria) “Holy Holy”

• Best Artiste or Group in African Hip-Hop

YCEE (Nigeria) “Juice”

• Best Artiste or Group in African RnB & Soul

Ali Kiba (Tanzania) “Aje ft MI”

• Best Artiste in African Pop

Toofan (Togo) “Tere Tere”

• Best Artiste or Group in African Traditional

Halmelmal Abate (Ethiopia) “Harar”

• African Fans’ Favourite

The Dogg (Namibia) “Shuukifa Kwi”

• Video of the Year Director - Adaza Cookey with Artist Orezi (Nigeria) “Cooking Pot”

• Songwriter of the Year

Simi (Nigeria) “Smile for Me”

• Revelation of the Year

Shyn (Madagascar) “Resim Pitia”

• Album of the Year in Africa

Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) “Shuari Yako”

• Producer of the Year

DJ Coublon (Sheyi Shay) (Nigeria) “Yolo Yolo”

• Song of the Year in Africa

Wizkid (Nigeria) “Come Closer ft. Drake

• Artiste of the Year in Africa

Wizkid (Nigeria) “Come Closer ft Drake”

• AFRIMA Legendary Award #1

Salif Keita (Mali)

• AFRIMA Legendary Award #2

Oliver Mutikudzi (Zimbabwe)

AuthorRab Bakari

The continent of Africa's top and Ghana's consistent rap artist; Sarkodie has released six (+ one previously released) music videos to his chart-streaming full-length album called "Highest".

Prepare your ears for incredible Akan Twi, Pidgin English and English lyrical cadences and wordplay. Prepare your eyes for the visuals capturing scenic areas of the African, Norh American and European continents.

Also, all 19 tracks streaming on SPOTIFY


1. Overdose (Feat. Jesse Jagz) - (Produced by NOVA) - Directed by David Nicol-Sey

2. Come To Me (Feat. Bobii Lewis) - (Produced by Jayso) - Directed by David Nicol-Sey

3. We No Dey Fear (Feat. Jayso) - (Produced by Jayso) - Directed by Alexxa A.

4. Ur Waist ft. Flavour (Produced by Masterkraft) - Directed by Alexx A.

5. Baby Mama ft. Joey B (Prod. by Ced Solo) - Directed by David Nicol-Sey

6. Glory ft. Yung L (Prod. by Jayso) - Directed by IKŌNE AGENCY

7. Pain Killer Ft. Runtown (Produced by TSpize) - Directed by Gyo Gyimah

AuthorRab Bakari

Are you going to be in the United States of America during the last week of October 2017? Will you fly or drive to Dallas, Texas? Get ready!

4th Annual AFRIMMA: African Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival on October 8 at 5 p.m.

Are You Ready for The Biggest African Music Awards in Diaspora? AFRIMMA!!!  The 4th Annual African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music  Festival ( AFRIMMA 2017 Awards & Music Festival )  at The Prestigious 'House of Blues' Dallas.  Visit to get your tickets now to avoid last minute scramble.  

Artist Experience - $299  VIP - $100  Regular-$40  Limited Front Row VIP Booths Are Also Available, Reserve Yours Now 📱4693353458.  Sidenote: Is your red carpet outfit ready for October 8th,2017? 😜  It promises to be the Biggest and Best Ever Afrimma Experience so far . #crossingboundarieswithmusic #afrimma #afrimma2017 #africa #dallas #africanmusic #issafestival #fortheculture  #bigaent #afrimma2k17


The Deal

  • One G-Pass to the AFRIMMA award show and music festival, starting from $25
  • General-admission standing

Afrimma 2017 Awards & Music Festival Full weekend of Activities Line Up  - Dallas, Texas - USA

Afrimma Music Panel - Friday 6th, October 2017.

Afrimma Fashion Show - Friday 6th, October 2017.

Afrimma Kick -off Party - Friday 6th, October 2017. 

Afrimma Day Party/Pool Party - Saturday 7th, October 2017.

Afrimma PreParty with Compozers Band - Saturday 7th , October 2017. 

Afrimma Awards Main Show - Sunday 8th of October , 2017 

Afrimma Official After Party - Sunday 8th of October , 2017 . 

Get Ready for an exciting , packed and loaded Afrimma Weekend
Get your tickets now at
#crossingboundarieswithmusic #afrimma #afrimma2017 #africa #dallas #africanmusic #issafestival #fortheculture  #bigaent #afrimma2k17

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The original returns to the New York lounge performance scene.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

S.O.B.s 204 Varick Street New York NY 10014 USA

19:00 hours

$50.00 - $55.00 USD

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Salif Keita's career as a musician will always be colored by the fact that he is a member of the Royal Family of Mali. In 1970 he was invited to play in Rail Band, an orchestra supported in part by public money that played in the restaurant of the railway hotel in Bamako. In Rail Band he came into contact with Kante Manfila who had many of the same ideas as Keita concerning the blending of disparate styles. After three years Keita and Manfila moved on to the (then) second most prolific group in Mali, Les Ambassadeurs, that had a more modern repertoire. The group's popularity soared and in 1978 Salif Keita was created "Minister for Music and Culture" by the president of neighboring Guinea. In gratitude, Salif Keita composed the song ‘Mandjou’, which was an enormous success. Keita and Manfila continued to develop their fusion music and create hypnotic sounds, one after the other, but in the 1980s Keita dissolved Les Ambassadeurs and set out on his solo career. Since then his meaningful influence has cropped up in many areas - from western pop and rock to Pink Floyd, among others

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The African continent's most famous Afro-pop/Afrobeat music star (by way of Nigeria) ***Yemi Alade *** is gracing the New York metro area this Saturday, 5th August. 

I really want all of you within my African entertainment network to attend. Although, I cannot provide complimentary tickets for each and every one of you (that wouldn't be fair and probably ... bad business.) But I do have a fantastic offer in a realistic form of a discount. The GROUPON campaign is over, however ... 

Digiwaxx + others and my Mixerpot have partnered to provide an opportunity for an exclusive discount on tickets to attend the Saturday evening, Times Square area (Manhattan) showcase.

Limited tickets available! 

Come see the incomparable #YemiAlade at @PlayStationTheater on Saturday Aug/5/2017.  Doors open at 7PM.

Use this link and enter code YAXRB at check out!

Watch ALL of her music videos here!

We go jam!

AuthorRab Bakari

Ghanaian contemporary soul / alternative singer Efya is in New York for a two hour showcase with a live band!


Afrobeat Nights NYC makes its official return April 26th with DJ Tunez featuring Efya at SOB's. It is the quintessential event to indulge in rich, vibrant culture through music. This event will provide an intimate vibe with eclectic music provided by a live band. Join us as we unwind with the latest afrobeat sounds.

When? Wednesday 26 April, 2017Doors open at 7:30PM (Come after work! 😃)
Location: S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil)

204 Varick Street

New York, NY 10014

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Please buy tickets in advance; $20.00 (Same price at the venue door)

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Facebook Page -Efya

Snapchat - Efya_Nokturnal

Watch: - "Skin Tight"



AuthorRab Bakari

Plenty of Ghanaian celebrity appearances in the video called "After Party" by veteran Ghanaian rap supergroup called VVIP. Stonebwoy opens it up and then Reggie Rockstone, Zeal and Prodigal handle the rest. Track produced by DJ Breezy of Accra and video directed by Pascal Aka. Filmed at Accra's latest five-star hotel called Kempinski. Great dapper attire by all in the video. Shout out to Hammamat at the end of the video!

AuthorRab Bakari

The grand event took place in Downtiwn Dallas, Texas USA. 




Best Male West Africa – Olamide (Nigeria)

Best Female West Africa – Efya (Ghana)

Best Male North Africa – Amr Diab (Egypt)

Best Female North Africa – Ibtissam (Morocco)

Best African DJ USA – Dj Dee Money (USA)

Best Male Central Africa – C4 Pedro (Angola)

AFRIMMA Video of the year – "Brother Brother" by Bisa Kdei /Directed by Prince Dovlo (Ghana)

Best Female Central Africa – Daphne (Cameroon)

Music Producer of the year – Masterkraft (Nigeria)

Best male South Africa – AKA South Africa)

Best African Dancer – Winner Brenda Derry (Cameroon) iliwaniwa this award and also the Diamond Dancer Tanzanian Platnumz called Mose Iyobo.

Best Female Southern Africa – Chikune (Zambia)

Best Rap Act – Phyno (Nigeria)

Best African Group – Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best collaboration – Reggae Blues (Harrysong, Kcee) (Nigeria).

Crossing boundaries with Music – Wizkid (Nigeria).

Song of the year – Tekno - "Duro" (Nigeria)

Best Gospel Act – Willy Paul (Kenya)

Best Male East Africa. – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Artist of the year – Flavour (Nigeria)

Best Newcomer – Harmonize (Tanzania)

Best Dancehall Act – Shatta Wale (Ghana)

Best Video Director – Patrick Elis (Nigeria)

Carribean Artist of the year – Machel Montano. (Trinidad & Tobago)

AuthorRab Bakari

Ghanaian Hip-Hop artist M.anifest has released an afro-futuristic music video for his song "W'ani Aba" (loosely translated phrase which means "you are jealous or envious"), which features in-form Highlife crooner Bisa Kdei. The video directed by frequent M.anifest collaborator, Garth Von Glehn, fuses compelling scenery of Jamestown and Madina neighborhoods of Accra with transcendent otherworldly locations to create a fine piece of art.

M.anifest assumes the role of a flamboyant and eclectic inventor whose unique eyewear he offers to people he encounters enables them to experience visions of a distant World. Bisa Kdei is featured as a larger than life figure who exists in the cosmos with folks only seeing him when they wear the specially invented sunglasses. The director, Garth Von Glehn does an incredible job of merging the two worlds seamlessly. The track was produced by Kwame Yeboah of the Mixstation Studio.

Serge Attukwei Clottey, a fast rising contemporary Ghanaian artist and creator of 'afrogallonism', created the ten pieces of striking eyewear worn by different characters in the W'ani Aba video.

The video is a strong statement of intent in M.anifest’s quest to push creative boundaries and is the latest exhibit of his originality, further cementing his position as one of the foremost contemporary artists on the African music scene.

Get W'ani Aba here: © Singitdamnit Music Directed by @SolomonDirector (Flourish and Multiply) Afrofuturistic Sunglasses by Serge Attukwei Clottey Producers: Fui Tsikata (TTD Media) Mantse Aryee Quaye & ( Assistant Director: Maya Wegerif Assistant Producer: Mawuli Tettey (Solution7) Stylist: Mawuli Fodoglo Photography: Bob Pixel Song produced by Kwame Yeboah Shot on location in Jamestown and Madina.
AuthorRab Bakari

Good afternoon curators of modern African culture,

As an agent for Temi Dollface, Here's a message I want to share from her.

After 2 months of hard graft, My New Video for “School Your Face” has arrived. Yippee! And I couldn't have done it without you being in my corner. A big thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love, support and cheerleading.

I not only styled this one, I produced and creative directed it, and it was SHOT and EDITED in its entirety here in Lagos. At our home and on our office/Studio grounds, might I add. So I’m particularly proud of it. Again, this is an independent effort, which means I need all the help I can get to spread the word as far and wide as possible. So would you be darlings and Oblige me again by posting the attached Artwork & or Video on your social media timelines to create some awareness telling your followers to click on my Instagram bio for video link, and sending the press release (below) to as many of your friends and contacts as you can. I would be so so thankful.
Many Thanks in advance!

Lots of Love, Awe-Daciousness & Drama Soul,



HERE is the video to watch + share: 

Temi Dollface - "School Your Face" 


Temi DollFace Unveils “School Your Face” Music Video in celebration of Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day and in special tribute to her Grandmother!!!

A humourous tale about the ancient battle between head and heart, sees Temi playing dual roles; both as the ECCENTRIC NO-NONSENSE SERGEANT Temi and a YOUNG LOVE-SMITTEN Temi, representative of a Hard/Soft duality that we women strive to attain. Temi’s Grandmother, who’s nickname is coincidentally “Sergeant Major”, is the perfect embodiment of such a woman. A Steel Magnolia!

__“In her day she was a trail blazer for female empowerment and mentorship so who better to play the role she has always played, in my life and art. Plus she does a brilliant Schooled Face” - Temi__

The “School Your Face” Music Video, Directed by Damola Adelaja, and Produced and Styled by Temi DollFace borrows from Art, History and Fashion but then completely embodies their references as their own original idea.

The Video was shot, in it’s entirety, in Lagos and is the perfect Re-Introduction to Temi’s abundant Awe-Daciousness.

 Director of Photography: Kagho Crowther Idhebor

Editor: Youngstar

Artwork: Chief Emmanuel








Available on all digital distribution platforms

Available on all digital distribution platforms

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