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African Music Explorer #002 - Back in Africa!
January 01, 2011

Finally! We're back in Africa! After five months in Switzerland it's just wonderful to be in Ghana again. The rainy season is over and it's getting very hot. But I'm glad I can escape Europe's cold and foggy November days.

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Video of the Month

For a few minutes, a music video transfers you into the heart of Africa. Every month, I pick and post the coolest, most beautiful or interesting one I stumble upon for you to enjoy.

This month:
Discover the romantic side of West Africa with graceful ladies and traditional customes in the green, lush vegetation of Southern Benin.

Watch the video clip by Don Metok here. Enjoy!

Download Tip

The sale of their music could pull many Africans out of poverty. In reality though, people around the world enjoy their work without giving them what they deserve. It doesn't have to be like that:

Support an African artist - Legally download a track!
Through music, you can help Africa by just having fun. On I make it easy for you to find great tunes and show you the safe places to download them with direct links.

My tip of the month:
Discover the romantic side of Benin with graceful African ladies and traditional customes in a green, lush setting.

Watch the video clip by Don Metok here. Enjoy!

Artist of the Month: Miriam Makeba

This month, we are remembering a beautiful woman: Mama Africa passed away one year ago. She collapsed on stage during a concert in Italy on November 10th, 2008. She was 76 years old.

To honor her work, fans have started to share their favorite Miriam Makeba lyrics and videos. Why don't you join in and submit your own page?

Cause of the Month: Fight World Hunger

Miriam Makeba was a FAO Goodwill Ambassador since 2000 to fight hunger. She said:

"Think of what has been accomplished to date: space exploration; satellite communications; heart transplants. Today, we have managed to do what previous generations never dreamed of. But, you see, today, around the world, 840 million people still don't have enough to eat. And it doesn't have to be this way."

You can continue Miriam's fight for a world without hunger by supporting the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations).

In the Next Issue

Have you ever heard of Ewe drumming? No?! Oh boy, you are missing out on one of West Africa's coolest drumming styles! But don't worry, next month you are going to find out all about it.

Until then, keep the music alive!

Helen from


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