Khaled Hadj Ibrahim ( born 29 February 1960), better known as Khaled, is an Algerian raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Sidi El Houari in Oran Province of Algeria.
He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (Arabic for "Young Man" Khaled, as opposed to the traditionalist Sheikh elders) and has become the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab world and across many continents. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title (...)
Francois Luambo Luanzo Makiadi, popularly known as Franco, was one of the greatest African musicians to come out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire under the late President Mobutu Sese Seku Waza Banga).
Here is a biography of the man from the Wikipedia website:
François Luambo Luanzo Makiadi (6 July 1938 – 12 October 1989) was a major figure in twentieth century Congolese music, and African music in general. He is widely referred to as Franco Luambo or, (...)
Peter Tosh, (born Winston Hubert McIntosh; 19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987) was a Jamaican reggae musician who was a core member of the band The Wailers (1963–1974), and who afterwards had a successful solo career as well as being a promoter of Rastafari.
Peter Tosh was born in Grange Hill, Jamaica, and was raised by his aunt. He began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations. After a notable career with The Wailers and as a solo (...)
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist. Often referred to by the honorific nickname "King of Pop", or by his initials MJ, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a (...)
Not too long ago, former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria wrote a very critical open letter to current Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in which he condemned him for bad governance, despotism and several other political sins. Well, Obasanjo’s own daughter, Iyabo (photo), who is also a politician, decided to write her father an open letter to let the world know what she called the other side of her father. It’s explosive, here it is:
It brings me no joy to have to (...)
Salif Keïta (born August 25, 1949) is an afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is unique not only because of his reputation as the "Golden Voice of Africa" but because he has albinism and is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. This royal heritage meant that under the Malian caste system, he should never have become a singer, which was deemed to be a griot’s role.
Keita was born in the village of Djoliba. He was cast out by his family and (...)
Alpha Blondy (January 1, 1953) born Seydou Koné in Dimbokro, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is a reggae singer and international recording artist. Many of his songs are politically motivated, and are mainly sung in his native language of Dioula, French and in English, though he occasionally uses other languages, for example, Arabic or Hebrew.
First son of a family of 8 children, Seydou Koné was raised by his grandmother, growing up in what he described as "among elders", which later was (...)
Yunalis Mat Zara’ai (born 14 November 1986 in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia), commercially known as Yuna, is a Malaysian singer, songwriter, and businesswoman.
Yunalis Mat Zara’ai was born on the 14 November 1986 in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia to parents from Perak. Yuna is of Bugis descent. Her father, Dato’ Mat Za’raai is the current legal advisor of Pahang and her mother is a high school teacher.
Yuna attended SMK USJ 4, where she completed her secondary (...)
By Graeme Ewens, The Guardian, London, UK.
When he appeared at the Barbican in London (May 2008), the singer, guitarist and bandleader Geraldo Pino, who died aged 69, November 10, 2008, revealed himself as one of the forgotten fathers of African popular music. He had a major influence on west Africa’s soul, funk and Afrobeat scene in the 1960s and 70s, and made a huge impression on the young Fela Kuti, yet his music had been largely unheard for the past 30 years.
Born and raised as (...)
29 December 2013
Charles Bradley (born November 5, 1948) is an American funk/soul/R&B singer, signed to the Daptone Records label under the Dunham Records division. His performances and recording style are consistent with Daptone’s revivalist approach, celebrating the feel of funk and soul music from the 1960s and 1970s. One review stated that Bradley "echoes the evocative delivery of Otis Redding".
He is the subject of a documentary, Soul of America, that premiered at South by Southwest in 2012. (...)