Angélique Kidjo (born on July 14, 1960) is a Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter and activist from Benin that is well known for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. She has been coined as the “Africa’s first Diva” by Time magazine.
Hakeem Kae-Kazim rose to fame in the Oscar Nominated film Hotel Rwanda playing George Rutugunda. This talented actor has an impressive list of credits and grew a huge fan base when he played the villain Colonel Dubaku in Fox’s series 24. He went on to play in many of Hollywood’s prime time TV shows and Blockbusters including X-Men: Wolverine and Pirates of the Caribbean. Now he is to star in STARZ much awaited new series, Michael Bay’s original Black Sails.
The Oklahoma City Thunder is certainly one of the top NBA Basketball team at the moment, featuring great and rising stars such as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and our African player of the week: Serge Ibaka.
Lupita Nyong’o has been lighting up the entertainment news lately and she has just started to warm up. The amazing 30 year old Kenyan-Mexican actress and film director has been captivating the media industry lately with her American film debut in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave as Patsey, for which she received critical acclaim.
Over the past few years – buoyed by multi-platinum sales of her two studio albums and live DVD, a mantlepiece full of awards and support of fans – Lira has made no secret of her desire to find a global audience for her music. The following is an exclusive interview with this fast rising African diva about her life and profession.
KATIA CADET is a multi-faceted singer-songwriter. Born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, Canada, this cultural melting pot embedded a world culture within her from a young age. Exclusive interview with ADUNAGOW Magazine.
Recording artist NAIRA blends love, pain, strength, and energy into one powerful punch with her FEARLESS style of music, self-coined Urban-Soul. Pulling from influences of blues, afro-pop, hip-hop and r&b, she is the pulse of everything urban. Her youthful and dynamic energy aligns with the mantra: “Be brave. Be Inspired. Be YOU… Be FEARLESS”.
SONY MUSIC Africa recording artist LIRA is following in the footsteps of the legendary Miriam Makeba & Letta Mbulu, releasing four platinum albums and a triple platinum Live in Concert DVD making her one of South Africa’s highest selling acts
Amadou is set to grace our screens in the blockbuster ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’. Amadou plays the newest Vampire ‘Henry’, a part that was specially written into the legendary movie by the writers. Henry is part of the duo that makes up the much-anticipated French Coven, so having French as a second language made him more prominent to producers.
British born beauty Amelia Jackson-Gray has recently enjoyed a number of successful roles in hit TV shows such as Outsourced, Law and Order and The Mentalist thanks to a her breakout role as Vincent Chase’s love interest in HBO’s award winning show Entourage.
Having already built up her credits for her work in a long list of independent films including cult classic ‘Snakes on a train’ in which her performance was praised as “the best thing about the movie”, ‘CRUSH(ED)’ and soon to be released ‘Heartland’ the sassy young actress now takes on a lead role in Hollywood’s first independent 3D movie, Deep Gold, as beautiful villainess and reports, Claire Simmons.
WHAT IS LOVE? is the exciting debut album from phenomenally talented Gospel and R&B singer Emem Archibong.
Steeped in the classic Soul of legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin and CeCe Winans and influenced by the modern R&B sounds of Alicia Keys, with ‘What is Love?’ Emem looks set to be 2011’s most hotly-tipped Gospel cross-over artist and her mini album heralds the arrival on the British black music scene of a special new talent. Born in Nigeria, Emem grew up in Bradford, England where her remarkably soulful and powerful singing voice was nurtured in her local church’s choir and Gospel music and her strong Christian faith underpin her unique sound. From rousing opener ‘Black and White’ and funky feel-good track ‘Trying to be myself’ to stand out debut single ‘what is Love?’ and deeply personal anthem ‘Not too Late’ the E.P showcases Emem’s truly outstanding vocal talent and ‘Angel,’ ‘Untold Story’ and ‘Trying to be Myself’ also announce Emem as a truly captivating new voice on the British music scene.