Michael Kiwanuka was born in London to Ugandan emigrés a mere twenty-three years ago. He’s just released his first EP, Tell Me a Tale, from which we heard the soulful track I Need Your Company on today’s edition of African Rhythms, along with a rich assortment of other music from South Africa, Niger, Mali, Mauritius and points beyond.
On today’s episode of African Rhythms we heard some examples of Naija — contemporary Nigerian pop music — and a track by Nkulee Dube (Lucky Dube’s daughter) who merges South African tradition with reggae and pop.
Malian singer Mamani Keita has a new CD coming out next month — a collaboration with French producer Nicolas Repac — that promises to make some waves on the world music scene. We heard the cut Demissen Koulou from that album on today’s African Rhythms, along with a Swizz Beatz remix of Seun Kuti’s Rise Up and a track from NRBLN: Welcome to the Madhouse which features Berlin-based producers working with Kenyan hip hop artists.