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Umuofia Arts and Books Festival Gears up for Its Second Edition, Calls for Submission for Its Anthology

The festival will be held from July 31st to August 3rd, 2024, in Enugu, Nigeria. By Hope Ibiale The organisers of the Umuofia Arts and Books Festival have announced the return of the festival for its second edition. The festival will be held from July 31st to August 3rd, 2024, in Enugu, Nigeria.  Following the…

“Nyumbani” Review: Ally Fresh and Mura K.E Curate a Distinct Kenyan Musical Identity with New EP

… Ally Fresh and Mura K.E  present an EP that signifies a step in the right direction as far as developing a distinct Kenyan musical identity is concerned. By Frank Njugi  The concept of a collaborative album — a project curated by two or more artistes or with an artiste and a producer — has…

Caleb Azumah Nelson Wins the 2024 Dylan Thomas Prize

For his literary work, Small Worlds, the writer will receive a cash prize of £20,000.  By Hope Ibiale British-Ghanaian writer and photographer, Caleb Azumah Nelson, has been announced as the recipient of the 2024 Dylan Thomas Prize. For his literary work, Small Worlds, the writer will receive a cash prize of £20,000.  Chair of the…

The Rising Rap Scene in the East and What the Rappers Are Getting Wrong

It appears that the rappers at the top of the scene, whose music is making rounds in the country, are those whose crafts are not the most spectacular… There is also not enough intellectual prowess or poetic imagination in what inspires the rappers in the scene, and the main aim is not excellence in the…

Understanding Music Marketing Beyond Publicity Stunts: A Guide for African Artistes

While publicity stunts may offer a cost-effective approach, if artistes depend solely on controversies or other gimmicks to promote their music, they risk losing relevance when such controversies are absent or exhausted. By Hope Ibiale Picture this: an artiste creates a good record, releases the song on music streaming platforms without any announcement, and goes…

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