January 1, 2011 § 4 Comments
Reggae artists from the Caribbean have been finding they have a lot of love waiting for them in Africa. Several artists in the past year have either included African countries in their tour schedules, or have responded to individual countries’ invitations to perform there. Reggae dancehall star Capleton, who is known affectionately as King Shango to his fans, was given royal treatment during his recent stop in Zimbabwe. He is the 11th reggae star to visit Zimbabwe in recent years. In an interview with Zimbo Jam, he admitted that he had not expected that kind of welcome. Throngs of fans were waiting for him, « Read the rest of this entry »
November 22, 2010 § 1 Comment
OK, Promised to bring you some Jimmy Cliff video after his recent performance in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Only a brief clip is available right now (it takes quite a while to FTP that hi-def video). Many thanks to our crew over there for grabbing Jimmy Cliff right after his rousing performance in front of the crowd at the ECOWAS Peace Pageant 2010. With his hat pulled over his eyes, he does look like he’s ready to hit the pillows! But he still managed to talk with Zoe Hamilton about being in Sierra Leone and his message for the youth.
So this past weekend another reggae artist made it to Sierra Leone: Beenie Man.
October 13, 2010 § 3 Comments
I promised to bring you snippets of Afrofusion TV’s interview with Gyptian… Voila! check it out below! It’s a fairly common “problem” with music artists. You record a song, and fans think someone else sang it. For African and West Indian artists, the cross-pollination in music styles and genres makes the occurrence more frequent, and even less surprising. So for Nigerian singer Tuface Idibia, his worldwide hit “African Queen” got attributed by many a fan to Jamaican reggae star Gyptian!
October 7, 2010 § 2 Comments
It was a wee bit nippy last night as patrons huddled next to each other in the long line outside Crossroads Nightclub and Restaurant. But just as I suspected, most of them were probably die-hard fans of Gyptian, the Jamaican reggae artist who was scheduled to perform live there in a couple of hours. The show was a special treat to the regular crowd of Crossroads’ “Liquid Wednesdays” staple, but tonight, Gyptian pulled out much more than just the college base. Read More
October 6, 2010 § 1 Comment
The ladies are in for a real treat tonight at the Crossroads Nightclub in Bladensburg, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. Jamaican reggae star Gyptian will be lighting up what’s billed as “Liquid Wednesdays” at the club – ladies free until 11pm – belting out his smash hits “Hold Yuh” and “Nah Let Go.” Afrofusion TV got a chance to chat with the young singer about the worldwide popularity of “Hold Yuh,” his inclusion on the recent “Distant Relatives” tour with Nas and Damien Marley, and his own trip to Africa a few years back. We’ll have a preview clip for you soon, I promise. In the meantime, watch Gyptian below big up Afrofusion TV inna lovers rock/dancehall stylee! And if you can’t be at Crossroads tonight, never fear! That’s why Afrofusion TV is here! We’ll bring you the action you missed, cause I can assure you, it’s going to be a MASH UP! Bless….
- Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes & Gyptian’s “Anything You Want” [NEW MUSIC] (hellobeautiful.com)
September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
Well, disappointment and setbacks always come with this TV biz, don’t they? We had our contacts, but they were unable to come through for us at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. So, we can’t bring you good photos and video of the Distant Relatives tour. We considered this really important for our webisode on the development of Africa’s music scene, and how Africa’s cultures are featuring on the world stage. Oh well… However, while milling around outside the venue feeling rather crestfallen, we ran into hip hop intellectual and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson! We walked right up to him and thrust our camera in his face, so he proceeded to break it down for us about “Distant Relatives,” the connection between Trenton and Trenchtown and Freetown, etc., etc…
Here’s a brief preview clip of Michael Eric Dyson chatting with AFROfusion’s Khadia Conteh:
More of what he said coming soon on AFROfusion TV… Stay tuned!
August 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
“To come together and do some music on behalf of Africa. That is really what the whole thing’s about…” Those words from the mouth of Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley synopsize the appeal of “Distant Relatives” for me. Since I first heard about the collaboration between hip hop artist Nas and reggae/dancehall artist Jr. Gong, I’ve been waiting for a chance to see them perform. That chance comes August 30th when they bring their Distant Relatives Tour to the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. AFROfusion TV’s trendy host Khadia – a huge fan of both – already got a chance to see them when they performed in New Jersey. Needless to say she took some pictures with her phone, and you can view some of them here. The tour has been given high marks by most critics so far, and that’s not surprising. Both artists are at the top of their game, both are extremely skilled lyricists. But who better to hear such good and conscious lyrics and music from than these two. Nas, son of Jazz trumpeter Olu Dara. Damien Marley, son of Bob. “Africa must wake up…” he sings. As if in continuation of his father’s own lyrics: “…cause Jah children they wanna come home, yeah!” Amen to that. Stay tuned for more… tomorrow night is just hours away!!!