A personal perspective on Johnny Clegg, South-African musical icon and anti-apartheid activist
We had a sit down with Paolo Genovesi, global citizen, self-declared pro-Apartheid supporter, turned pan-Africanist. On the effect of music, musicians, and one musician in particular - Johnny Clegg - affected his life and altered his worldview. Sit back for a lengthy read of an interesting conversation that covers a lot of topics.
Paolo's story shows how political and/or social activism, be it via music art, or other means, can alter people's mindset, change their lives and that of others, for the betterment of all.
Cynthia Basinet is a multi-talented American actress, singer, supermodel, activist and mother from the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles county.
Life is a journey. Cynthia’s journey took her to the top of various interlocking disciplines and roads less traveled. In this exclusive interview we’ll attempt to paint the full picture and put some perspective on the life and career of this remarkable woman.
Maazi Ogbonnaya is an academic, writer and translator of the Igbo language. His work aims at preserving and reviving the language & culture of one of Africa's largest ethnic groups. UbuntuFM reached out to Mr. Ogbonnaya for this exclusive interview. Language is a culture. Culture is people. No one lives without language.
How much is present day Zimbabwe affected by Mugabe's legacy?
Zimbabwe is currently in a state of upheaval as it is facing a national shutdown organised by anti-government citizen groups and human rights activists, which in return resulted in the crackdown of the government on its opposition and the shutdown of internet access to the country. We can observe the opposing forces of action vs. reaction at play here, but is there a way to discern one or more root causes to the current chaos? Let us try to explore by first taking a step back and see what we can learn from Zimbabwe’s recent history.
Abubakar is a Nigerian writer and journalist. He is the author of the novel Season of Crimson Blossoms and the short story collection, The Whispering Trees. A 2013 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow and 2015 Civitella Ranieri Fellow, he was shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing, 2013 and won the BBC African Performance Prize, The Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is also listed in the Hay Festival Africa 39 list of the most promising sub-Saharan African writers under 40. He writes for the Daily Trust newspaper in Abuja.
Yerry Rellum orginating from Surinam and based in the Netherlands, recently released his hit single 'I Feel Love' with Walboomers Music. The track was heavily promoted on UbuntuFM Radio. Ikenna Okeh now sits down with Yerry for an in-depth interview.
UbuntuFM Africa linked up with R&B singer Ogoo from Nigeria
UbuntuFM gets in touch with Ogoo following the release of her latest single, ‘Onye Isi Oma (The Lucky One)’ and ‘You Are Mine’. In this exclusive interview with UbuntuFM’s Ikenna Okeh, Ogoo talks about being a music artist in modern Nigeria, her career, #MeToo and the effect of digitization on the local music scene.
Blues troubadour, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Grammy nominee, citizen of the world
In his latest release ‘Migration Blues’ (2017) Eric Bibb - 2017 Grammy nominee in the best traditional Blues album category - draws a parallel between the former African-American share-croppers leaving the segregation and misery of the Southern USA for the industrial cities of the North, and the current migratory movement to Europe of the refugees from the Middle East. Talking about the Blues, it seems more relevant than ever, at least from Eric Bibb’s perspective - a perspective which we subscribe to and we hope to find out more about in this interview...