Afrobeat Triumphs at Recent TRACE and Billboard Awards, Kendrick Lamar Set for Concert in Kigali, Rwanda
Heather Maxwell spins new and old tunes from across Africa and the world, including selections from Senegal, Cameroon, Ethiopia, the United States, and more. The second half of the show welcomes Victoria Remi Nkong from Lagos, Nigeria to try her hand at Drop the Needle. Finally, Heather is joined by Jackson Mvunganyi and Schuyler Van Tassel to discuss Afrobeat's victories at recent entertainment awards and Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming December 6th show in Kigali, Rwanda.
12 November 2023
Voices from the ACCES2023 Music Conference in Dar es Salaam.
01 December 2023
Entertainment Report: Afro Beats Makes Billboard Charts
VOA's Heather Maxwell and colleague Jackson Mvunganyi talk about the latest news on Nigerian artists and the popular music genre, Afrobeats and about Kendrick Lamar, named second greatest rapper of all time in the world by Billboard and Vibe Magazine for 2023. Lamar and other Afrobeats stars are expected to headline a new global citizen festival called Move Afrika, which will kick-off a five-year tour and festival series on the continent.
25 November 2023
Entertainment Report: Nairobi’s Vibrant Music Scene
VOA's Heather Maxwell shares highlights from her visit to Kenya, where she stoped by at the GoDown Arts Center in Nairobi. Maxwell sat down with legendary artists including rapper Trio Mio, country singer Sir Elvis, and Kenyan rap group Kalamashaka.
18 November 2023
South Africa's Sho Madjozi Shares on Staying Unique in Global Industry
Multi-award winning South African artist Sho Madjozi recently spoke with VOA's Heather Maxwell at the annual African Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases, ACCES, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The singer, who was the spotlight of the keynote address, shared tips for success on how to create a unique sound from Africa that attracts global audiences and markets.
11 November 2023
Entertainment Report: ACCES 2023
The Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases, ACCES, kicked off Thursday, continuing all weekend at the Milimani Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. For a look into the event, VOA’s Esther Githui-Ewart spoke to Heather Maxwell, host of VOA's Music Time in Africa, from the conference in Dar es Salaam.
27 October 2023
Entertainment Report: Madalitso Band’s Tour in Virginia
In this week’s entertainment report, VOA's Music Time in Africa host Heather Maxwell explored the roots of Malawi’s “banjo music” behind the scenes with the Madalitso Band at a concert in Berryville, Virginia, while on their first U.S. Tour.
21 October 2023
Entertainment Report: Fancy Gadam and the Madalitso Band
VOA’s Music Time in Africa host Heather Maxwell presents her music picks of the week. In Tamale, Ghana, reporter Samed Gaida spoke to musician Fancy Gadam about his upcoming album and promo tour. Plus, Madalitso Band from Malawi gave a thrilling performance in the U.S. state of Virginia. Heather has a sneak preview of the performance featured next week on Africa 54.
15 October 2023
Entertainment Report: Back to School with Masaka Kids
VOA Music Time in Africa host Heather Maxwell presents the YouTube video of the Masaka Kids Africana delivering a youthful dance-music video with an important message. The Ugandan-based organization encourages children to be excited about going back to school at the onset of the new academic year. This music video was released in September of 2022.
07 October 2023
Entertainment Report: US Launches Music Diplomacy Initiative & More
The U.S. Department of State launches the Global Music Diplomacy Initiative which aims to strengthen worldwide music diplomacy and the Peace, Education, and Cultural Exchange (PEACE) Through Music Diplomacy Act, signed by President Joe Biden last year. VOA Music Time in Africa host Heather Maxwell has the latest on the initiative, and the rock band U2, who were the among the first artists to play in the new MSG Sphere in Los Angeles, California.Artificial Intelligence Exacerbates Sudan’s Civil War
30 September 2023
Entertainment Report: The Music of Alune Wade
Paris-based Senegalese bassist, vocalist and composer Alune Wade releases a new music video “Saba’s Journey”. Wade describes the song as an audio journey representing the African story, not defined as the start of slavery, but rather as a comprehensive history starting with the legend of the Queen of Sheba and journeying through to modern music’s birth. VOA Music Time in Africa host Heather Maxwell presents the song.
28 September 2023
Journalist: Death of Nigerian Afrobeats Star Mohbad ‘Suspicious,’ Police Investigate
Afrobeats artists and fans have taken to social media to express outrage and grief following the death of 27-year-old musician Mohbad, who mysteriously died on September 12 — triggering an investigation by authorities. Mohbad was signed to the record label of Naira Marley, a prominent British-Nigerian artist, who was forced to release a statement on Instagram after Mohbad’s fans alleged that he had something to do with his death. For insight, VOA’s Kahli Abdu spoke to David Hundeyin, a prominent Nigerian investigative journalist.
23 September 2023
Entertainment Report: Constant Boty Performs Live!
Ivorian jazz guitarist, composer and entrepreneur Constant Hiram Boty is currently on tour in the United States. He joined VOA’s Heather Maxwell in the studio to perform and talk about his tour, his band the Guru Guru Project, and plans for International Jazz Day 2024 in Africa.
16 September 2023
Entertainment Report: The MTV Video Music Awards
The 2023 MTV Video Music Video Awards took place on September 12 in Newark, New Jersey. VOA’s Heather Maxwell presents some of the highlights from the event, including American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift's record-breaking nine wins, Nigerian artist Divine Ikubor, who goes by his stage name Rema, featuring singer and actress Selena Gomez for winning the best Afrobeats song"Calm Down," and more.