Artists to WatchBy Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Artists to Watch
By Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Published on Mon, Sep 03 2007 by Iquo Essien
I didn't go out to the West Indian parade today, even though I live a short fifteen minute walk away from Eastern Parkway. Something about large groups of people and random gun play keep me in my house. I am not joking! Every year somebody gets shot and I'm not going to be the one. I really needed some down time. Between getting back from S. Africa, then going to the baby shower in Albany, film school orientation, and a second baby shower in Boston this past weekend, my bones are tired. Didn't even make it to (Managing Editor) Ola's pre-labor day bash, which is becoming an annual tradition. Anyways, at least I got some work done today.

Late one night in Johannesburg, I caught some music videos on TV. As I've mentioned before, my folks were not into cable, so I still watch videos with a hint of fascination. First of all, Beyonce is not an American phenomenon. She has taken over the world with her unique brand African-derived of booty-shaking (though not to be confused with traditional dance, which she tries and fails at in numerous videos). There was actually a Beyonce video marathon that I muted in disgust, only to be followed by a Justin Timberlake marathon, which I blasted. LOL. I love me some J-Tim.

I came across a really fabulous singer named Ayo, of Naija and German extraction.

I've found my latest folk/soul/reggae diva! If only I can figure out a way to get her CD for under 35 bucks (imported). It's not listed on iTunes for some reason. I might have to ask my cuz who works in Germany to send me a copy. We'll see.

I was also taken by Nas's schtick with his dad, Olu Dara.

I just think this was a fabulous idea and quite well executed. Bridging hip hop and jazz for a new and old generation. Brilliant. It's funny that I should only just now begin mentioning Nas. Some of my peeps have been diggin him for a minute, but I've never been that in to him. Now I'm mos def paying attention.

And of course, we have Thandiswa.

Really good stuff. Just thought I'd share! Can anybody tell that I still wish I were in S. Africa? ;)


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