Media Spotlight: Discovering the sound of Africa

The African influence in today’s pop music is undeniably present. The official 2010 FIFA World Cup Waka Waka (Time for Africa) performed by Shakira, was adapted from Zangaléwa from Cameroonian band Golden Sounds – take a listen to the original at 7:38 if you want to hear the original “Waka Waka”. The infamous Fela Kuti heavily influenced Beyonce’s End of Time; Grown Woman and Run the World (Girls) also don’t shy too far away from Afro-beat and Coupé-Décalé. While music is typically seen as a ...
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Music in the Middle East: How Hip Hop Affected the Arab Spring

“I heard them say/the revolution won’t be televised/Al Jazeera proved them wrong/Twitter has him paralyzed/80 million strong” – Omar “Offendum” Chakaki, #Jan25 Of the many factors that make up the impressive impact of the Arab Spring, the strategic use of media might be what best motivates those who wish for revolution and for definitive change in their lives. More specifically, the youth of the Middle East and North African regions are motivated by a musical component of their campaigns for re...
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