The politics of music in Africa

Eric Wainaina had roused wide-ranging interest in musical theatre in the past, first when he staged DJ Lwanda back at the turn of the millennium, followed by his award-winning Mo Faya, and finally, his internationally acclaimed Tinga Tinga Tales.

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The artiste, who made Fadhili Williams’ Malaika a global phenomenon, died in 2008, aged 76. Makeba, the first black African woman to win a Grammy Award, explained it best when she said: “You sing about things that surround you ….

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