June 05, 2006


For those that liked the first part of African Music On The Rise: here are three more interesting artists. In the meantime we'll just keep on searching and who knows, maybe we'll present part 3 in the near future.

Prince Wadada
Prince Wadada, a reggae dancehall artist born in Angola but currently residing in Portugal, already shared the stage with musicians like Damian Marley, Gentleman, Patrice, Lee Perry & Apha Blondy. Adding to his career are participations with Germaican records and Digitaldubs Sound System. The basics rights of the people are the main focus of attention in his work. His discography already shows three albums recorded which are all sung in either Portugese or Angolian dialect.

We are deeply in love with: "Aldeia" (featuring Bezegol)
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Zolile Matikinca aka Zoro was born in the township of Guguletu outside Cape Town, South Africa. The apartheid regime labeled his adress Native Yard 9. Being the first-born son in a musical family, music came natural. At the age of six he started singing in choirs, but kept listening to his uncles banned reggae collection.
In 1989 Zoro was shot by a policeman, when he tried to stop the police from hitting a woman. This paralyzed him from the waist and down. Through determination and faith, a year later, he finally got the strength to leave the wheelchair and walk again. Through the nineties Zoro established himself as a major reggae voice in the Cape Province. Together with the Chronic Clan he created a trademark sound of conscious dancehall and R&B from his studio in Guguletu.

We are so into: "Azania"
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Wagëblë was formed in 1997 in Thiraroye, one of the most unfavourable suburbs in Dakar. The rappers Eyewitness, Waterflow and Begun met at various battles in Dakar and quickly understood that they had the same point of view on music, life and the problems Senegal was facing. The group managed to record one track for a senegalese compilation before Begun left the group in 2002, to persue a high school education in the United States. Back in Dakar, Eyewitness and Waterflow met up with Fred Russel, a norwegian talent scout looking for artists for potential projects. They decided to record an album together with norwegian producers Rumblin and Crizmo, resulting in their debut ”Wagëb’ Rap New Generation”, released in Senegal in 2003.
In December 2004, their follow up album was recorded in the house of Eyewitness, with equipment brought over from Norway. The record is dedicated to their motherland, Senegal, and is a snapshot of the daily life of the majority of it’s population.

We prefer the track "Senegal"
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