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South African Ex-President Jacob Zuma Releasing Album?

The man South Africans know as J-Z is dropping an album. But instead of fans, he’s hearing haters who are questioning why public dollars are being used to fund the project.

That’s because the talent in question is not the Jay-Z – the multi-millionaire platinum-selling producer and rapper (and, no less famously, husband of Beyonce) who is known for his inventive beats and cutting social commentary delivered in his signature, versatile flow – but South Africa’s disgraced former president, Jacob Zuma.

Officials in the municipality of eThekwini, which is near Zuma’s rural home, announced this week the 76-year-old would provide his vocal talents on a new album of apartheid-era “struggle songs,” due to drop in April. Municipal officials told VOA this would come out of…

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Jacob Zuma: Ex South Africa president in row over music album

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Jacob Zuma’s trademark song is the anti-apartheid anthem Umshini Wami, which translates as “Bring Me My Machine Gun”

South Africa’s ex-President Jacob Zuma is embroiled in a new political row – after signing an unexpected record deal.

The eThekwini district agreed to fund an album of protest songs sung by him, which officials said would preserve an aspect of cultural heritage.

But South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has branded the move a waste of resources.

Mr Zuma often sings his trademark tune, Bring Me My Machine Gun, at rallies.

eThekwini is a…

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Sunn Trio Combines Phoenix Punk With North African Music On New Album

Listening to Sunn Trio’s “Mukhbir” feels like falling down a rabbit hole. It’s a dizzying and inventive track, lacing together cocktail jazz drums with honking horns and Arabic textures. The song sounds like Angelo Badalamenti doing world music. You could almost imagine it soundtracking a scene in Twin Peaks where The Black Lodge’s Red Room merges with an Arabian bazaar. Sinister dwarves, camels, blasting sands, silk draperies undulating in the dark: You can hear all these things in “Mukhbir.”

“Mukhbir” is the sixth track on Sunn Trio’s latest album, Fayrus . After releasing a beautiful, meditative series of improvised gamelan recordings earlier this year, Sunn Trio dropped an album of wild jazz-rock that picks up where they left off on their self-titled 2017 record. Headed…

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Ethnomusicology professor uses knowledge of EDM roots in album

Cheryl Keyes channeled her jazz and hip-hop education into electronic dance music.

Though the genre was new territory for her, the Department of Ethnomusicology professor said electronic dance music has roots in other forms of music she has spent years studying. Her album, “Hollywood and Vine,” which came out in April, features songs “Hollywood Vine” and “Want You,” and recently earned her a Global Music Award. Keyes, who is teaching African American Musical Heritage at UCLA this fall, said EDM stems from the underground culture of music styles from the 1970s.

“Its source springs from African-American bass music,” she said. “It was all about music to dance to, music that was electronically driven.”

The disco music and lyrics on Keyes’ album are inspired by the plot of…

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Major Lazer releases compilation album with African acts

Before the release of Afrobeats Mix compilation, the electronic dance music group had mostly worked on singles and remixes, some of them catching the attention of millions around the world.

Notable among these collaborations is ‘Particula’, a track that featured Ice Prince, Nasty C, DJ Maphorisa and Jidenna. The song has now been included on the freshly-released compilation.

A day before the project was released on 12 September, the group had announced on Twitter that there would be “new music all month”. Some of the artists tagged to the tweet were Kizz Daniels, Burna Boy and Babes Wodumo. All three acts are featured on the album.

Other acts that worked on the album include Niniola, Sauti Sol, Davido and Skales, each of them contributing original songs to the project. Davido’s…

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Archives On The Air 35: “How About That?”—African American Soldier’s Cold War Photo Album

Our visual understanding of the Cold War is often limited to images of the Berlin Wall and what is was like for the boots on the ground.

One American soldier anonymously took photos of his regiment: the 2nd Armored Division’s 13th Field Artillery Regiment of the U.S. Army.

He was an African-American soldier who served in Germany and documented his time there. His photo album is now part of the collections at the American Heritage Center.

His photos trace the seasons in Germany and the mechanics of equipment he worked with. It also reveals the tensions and comradery shared between different races in the Cold War.

The soldier himself is never named but his annotations reveal an exciting account of friendships and quality of life during his time in Germany.

A black and white photo of black…

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