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On: Amma Asante

On: Amma Asante

British film director Amma Asante spoke to Helen Herimbi about the past and painting a new perception With classical music wafting in the air at the elegant albeit plantation-looking Chateau de Labourdonnais, it felt like the guests invited to the opening of the inaugural Mauritius Cinema Week were in a...
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On: Angelique Kidjo

The light behind Angelique Kidjo is bright. Skyping me from New Jersey, where she was to deliver a keynote address for the Segal Foundation, the global music icon looks like a nubian angel. Her husband, the musician, Jean Hebrail, closes the blinds behind Kidjo and without that brightness, she looks...
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On: Goapele

On: Goapele

On a visit to South Africa, US singer Goapele spoke to Helen Herimbi about Destiny, dreams and dimming your light “I haven't had a haircut since I’ve been here and I need one,” Goapele says as she runs a few metallic finger nails across the side of her head. “So...
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On: Sacha Jenkins

On: Sacha Jenkins

Sacha Jenkins sounds like he’s in high spirits. The day I catch up with the New York-based graffiti artist, hip hop culture journalist, author and film director, his five-year-old child has just graduated from pre-kindergarten. What unfolds during our conversation about his critically acclaimed documentary, Fresh Dressed, is the graduation...
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On: Victoria Kimani

On: Victoria Kimani

Following the release of her debut album, Safari, Kenyan singer-songwriter Victoria Kimani speaks to Helen Herimbi about her transformative journey. A sparkling black catsuit, Gucci slides, dark shades and a peak cap with the word Safari embossed on it. Change clothes? That will just have to remain the title of...
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On: Mac Miller

On: Mac Miller

The sun was blazing. The youth didn’t care. Moshpits. Shirtless dancing. Singing at the top of their lungs. This scene was the crowd in front of US rapper-producer, Mac Miller, when he took to the stage at Superbalist in the City on Sunday. From when he stepped up to the...
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On: Jidenna

We’re inside a packed Good Luck Bar and Jidenna is triumphantly rapping: “Ni99as fighting over rings/Ni99as wanna be the king/But long live the chief”. The artist, who was born Jidenna Mobisson, is showcasing a few songs from his new album in Johannesburg. In a first for his distribution company, Sony...
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On: Tiwa Savage

On: Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage casts a lithe figure as she gracefully walks into her hotel room. The Nigerian-born, UK-raised and Naija-based artist’s weave brushes her shoulders as she moves and the black and gold Hermes bangle on her wrist isn’t flashy but makes a statement: Savage is a star. With her sky-high...
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On: Seyi Shay

Ahead of a three-city tour of South Africa, I sat down with UK-Nigerian singer-songwriter, Seyi Shay. The artist who was born Oluwaseyi Joshua and called Seyi for short was in town in support of her debut solo album, Seyi or Shay. On account of not being able to say the...
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On: Burna Boy

“Hi, can I please speak to the Nigerian Don Gorgon?” “Hol’ on.” A few seconds later, the same voice comes back onto the line. “Hello?” “Wait,” I cackle, “if it was you who answered in the first place, why did I have to hold on?” Damini “Burna Boy” Ogulu laughs,...
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