December 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
By the time young pop singer Di’Ja opened the set with a new song “Private Show,” from her upcoming album, the crowd was ready to get down. The show that was billed as a DC Diaspora Thanksgiving event lived up to its Diaspora name simply by virtue of the performing lineup. Di’Ja has Sierra Leonean, Nigerian and Lebanese ancestry, Levelz is from Nigeria, and US-born Phil Ade is from Nigerian and Grenadian stock. But even though Di’Ja amply warmed up the masses with her catchy pop « Read the rest of this entry »
November 25, 2010 § 1 Comment
The DC Diaspora of music is celebrating the creme de la creme of young hip hop talent in Washington, DC as they roll out rappers Levelz and Phil Ade for their DC Diaspora Thanksgiving Kickoff event. They are both of Nigerian descent, and together with a new crop of young rappers are poised to pull DC hip hop out of the hulking shadow of go-go music, where it has been languishing since the 70’s. We can go way back in history to radio stations not supporting quality hip hop (“Radio stations, I question their Blackness, they call themselves black but we’ll see if they play this!” – Public Enemy, “Bring the Noise” 1988) but in DC, they really take it to ridiculous levels. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 14, 2010 § 1 Comment
Promised to bring you a quick preview of what AFROfusion TV was up to at Zanzibar on the Waterfront in Washington, DC when Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars came into town on tour… You can check it out below! Thanks to super concert and artist promoter Raymond “Juju” Paris for facilitating it all! We arrived just as they were getting ready to do their soundcheck. Their tour manager Alex was gracious enough to allow our cameras extensive access. And Reuben and his bandmates were patient enough to sit down with us for a chit-chat – even though they were hungry as heck (they had been promised some good rice and cassava leaves by Juju.) We will have much more on the concert, including some of what we spoke about with Diamond Saj, who opened the show. AFROfusion host Khadia has already revealed more photos from the night in a previous post. Stay tuned, it’s all coming soon…
- Slideshow: Surprising beauty amidst struggle in Sierra Leone (thegrio.com)
- Sierra Leone native now excels in Bronx (nypost.com)
September 13, 2010 § 1 Comment
Honestly I didn’t know much about the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars before Wednesday when I was told that I would be interviewing them. But after preparing for their interview I was very excited to meet all of them. They truly exceeded my expectations, I had a lot of fun backstage with them! They are truly inspiring, they have come a long way. They are proof that you must never give up and you must SMILE, through all circumstances. I think their success is attributed to how humble they are!! If you are not familiar with them you should take a chance to read a little about their history. They have been on Oprah and MTV.
It was also a pleasant surprise to get the opportunity to interview and meet Diamond Saj who I had heard all about from the youth while in Sierra Leone. I hope through the pictures you can get a small sense of how much fun we all had. If you have an opportunity to go and watch any of them make sure to take it! They were very impressive on stage! I couldn’t help but dance! I have become a fan of both the SLRAS and Diamond Saj (previously known as Daddy Saj).
September 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
I first saw Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars live at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC a few years ago, soon after their highly acclaimed documentary came out. They are back in town, this time performing live at Zanzibar Nightclub tonight. They are on tour to promote their new album Rise & Shine, an album recorded in Sierra Leone and New Orleans, Louisiana. They have collaborated with a number of New Orleans musicians, which has added an engaging and uplifting accent to their already positive sound. The show is promoted by Kololo Entertainment and NOSLINA (National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America), and will be hosted by David Vandy, VOA radio host of “African Beat.” And yes, AFROfusion will be there to bring you the best of the show. Tickets are available here. See you there!!
- Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars – 2010 Tour Dates (brooklynvegan.com)
- Egypt draws with Sierra Leone in African qualifier (usatoday.com)
August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
Welcome, cool people!! In the Afrofusion Lounge, here’s what you’re going to find: The latest info on tours by the hottest African and West Indian musicians. The most current trends in African fashion, from the most progressive designers on the continent and in the Diaspora. Cutting edge developments in art from Africa’s most promising and established artists. The most intriguing cultural and social trends amongst Africans in the Diaspora and on the Continent. Exciting news in the world of African and Caribbean sports and entertainment. All this will also be part of Afro Fusion TV, a new web television series whose episodes will be streamed on this blog. So stay tuned, we’re going to roll it all out… soon!