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Sibongile Khumalo in New York in 2014, alongside McCoy Mrubata on tenor saxophone. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

Remembering Sibongile Khumalo, South Africa’s divine diva

She was a vocalist who sang in every style – from Carmen to UShaka – with equal mastery, popularising classical forms and epitomising ‘the new South Africa’.
A studio group portrait of the Fisk University Jubilee singers. James Wallace Black/American Missionary Association

The power of a song in a strange land

Spirituals were created out of the experience of enslaved people in the US. They weren't songs of anger – but of an abiding belief in the victory of good over evil.
A billboard in Nairobi for Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile service provider, featuring veteran rapper and producer Jua Cali. Andrew J Eisenberg

How African countries are doing in ballooning digital music revenues

The political economy of music distribution goes unchecked. Despite increased digital revenues, also across Africa, music markets remain characterised by bottlenecks between musicians and audiences.

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