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One Vibe Africa Presents: Year Of Return (Trailer)

From the U.S. back to Kenya. Yes indeed.

You KNOW we are about travel abroad (e.g. from The States to overseas destinations). But this one hits home. As in Mother Africa, being home to ALL humanity and civilization. And this… this is epic. Of course, you know plenty of Sisters and Brothers who have declared that ‘one day’ they are going to make that pilgrimage back Home. Making it a big deal; maybe ‘too big’ a deal. But what if that ‘pilgrimage’ was less of a ‘trip’ to take. Like, let’s just say the family, the homies, the homegirls… are going to make it to an awesome event… and take in some of The Motherland while over that way. We could do that, right? We already do it for other festivals.

And like those other festivals, maybe we make it a yearly thing; or trips more often if we find things over there that draw us back.

Moving Madaraka Festival from Seattle back to Kenya signified the importance of not only arranging for individuals to travel back to Africa as it was with the case of Ghana’s year of return initiative, but getting significant events back to Africa and keeping them in Africa as a way to build a sustainable bridge allowing people of all backgrounds to travel to Africa to enjoy a festival of a lifetime, immerse themselves in the African culture, and inspire global change and collaboration towards mitigating climate change, which does not only threaten the climate but is an existential threat to our music, culture, and livelihood.
– One Vibe TV

Dope music and culture do it again. Let’s get together; for the community and the cause. It’s a Vibe. One Vibe Africa! Matter of fact, why not show love and SUPPORT right now: Cop the EP (linked below) #ForTheYouth #ForKisumu #ForKenya #ForOurWorld

Hit the jump for more on that. The fam Mazzi really blessed with the knowledge on this one. Knowledge and blessing right to mobile #Mobilize


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Chris Long & The Waterboys Bring ‘High Quality H20’ To Tanzania (Video)

After 11 years in the League, son of Raider Nation legend Howie Long, former Eagles D-lineman (Philly son!) Chris Long has retired and moved on… Not out to ‘greener pastures’ or just to sit idle, nah… Long is off to make the world a better place. Not a life of privilege, but apparently seeking to live a life of purpose. Salute!

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Food: The Story Behind The Garlic Crab And Mac-N-Cheese At Nana’s Seafood & Soul (Video)

Several references to Gullah Geechee style cooking and cuisine in this. Charlamange Tha God (of NYC’s Breakfast Club Morning Radio Show) talks up that culinary tradition on occasion as a Carolina native. The history is interesting (found a write-up on Zagat, linked here)… and the food looks delicious! Foodie road trip anyone?

Mother and son Carolyn & Kenyatta McNeil of Nana’s Seafood-Soul Takeout restaurant, have taken traditional soul food dishes and spiced things up.
– Dish


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Angel City Chorale – “Africa” (Live Performance) [Video]

Yooooo! That thunderstorm opening though! I saw this in my Facebook stream and clicked play…and liked this choir’s page IMMEDIATELY… after I picked my jaw up off the floor. This is an amazing rendition of “Africa” fam. I will even embed the original Toto music video after the jump, just because.

Wow. Just wowwww!

I used to get hyped when classmates would cipher to music we beat out on school desks, lunchroom tables, gym bleachers, and bus seats. And when acts like Take 6 and Bobby McFerrin would go so hard acapella I’d swear there was instrumentation somewhere. Now, they have taken all that to the next level… orchestral though!


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Western History Vs. African History (Video)

Hmmm… How deep can deep get? Africans did not even see themselves as Africans, or being tied to the African continent… and even the name “Africa” is derivative of what Westerners / Europeans imposed. Watch Dr. John Henrik Clarke drop serious science and knowledge on that, and more, above.

An analysis of the history of Africa as compared to Western civilization. European scholars asserted that the so-called ‘Egyptians’ were non-African until C. Diop’s melanin pigmentation test on Pharaohs proved otherwise.
– InfoWerm

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Africa: This Magnificent African Cake (Documentary)

Appropriate title, seeing as how the Europeans did in fact cut up The Motherland like cake. Check out Episode 6 of the “Africa” documentary series, “This Magnificent African Cake,” and you will see.

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Kwesy Mojo “Burn The Industry” (Video)

It’s no secret that Hip Hop is held in a higher regard in a lot of places overseas than here in America. Kwesy Mojo was born and raised in Africa but now resides in the states.  He like most youths when they hear HipHop fell in love with it and sought to add his own twist to the genre.  The first visual off his latest mixtape titled Self Help is for the track Burn the Industry.  Shot in his native homeland Ghana he brings to life how he plans to shake things up and Burn up the Industry.  Directed by Kobe N. Debrah and co directed by Kwesy himself you see instantly that a high level of production was put into making this.  So if you feel some heat coming at you remember you were warned that Kwesy is coming to burn down the industry.  We all can use Self Help so do yourself a favor listen to the new Self Help mixtape by Kwesy Mojo.


-ArtByOdell Twitter/SoundCloud

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How European Countries Like Germany, Britain, and France Plundered & Traded African Lands (Video)

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Like taking candy from children… more like taking land, resource wealth, and freedom to move about and claim their homeland statuses… That was the European countries’ mad, blood-drunk ‘Scramble For Africa.’ Here is a documentary short that explains how African countries were conquered, plundered and even reshaped by France and the UK.

(Onward Christian soldiers, huh? Must’ve been reading from another ‘good book.’ And they disregarded the indigenous peoples as savages.)

Hit the jump, and prepare to get mad.

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The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya’s Women-Only Village (Video)

Where the foothills of Mount Kenya merge into the desert, the people of Samburu have maintained a strict patriarchy for over 500 years in northern Kenya. That is, until 25 years ago, when Rebecca Lolosoli founded Umoja village as a safe haven for the region’s women. Umoja, which means “unity” in Swahili, is quite literally a no man’s land, and the matriarchal refuge is now home to the Samburu women who no longer want to suffer abuses, like genital mutilation and forced marriages, at the hands of men.

VICE Broadly’s Michelle De Swarte visited Umoja (and the villages it inspired to also start their own women-only societies) to meet with the women who were fed up with living in a violent patriarchy.

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Singer Erykah Badu Discovers Her African Ancestry (Video)

OKPlayer/OKAfrica captures Erykah Badu’s genetic journey back to her motherland. Turns out her ancestry is of a tribe in Cameroon. Watch. This feels right…to her and us. Erykah in America’ is more complete now that she knows her ‘Roots’ family.

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LIVESTREAM: Nelson Mandela Memorial Service In Johannesburg, South Africa (Video)

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Technology: Taking The E-Book Revolution To Africa

Software pioneer and philanthropist David Risher has been a force in the high-tech industry since the 1990s. Pivotal to the success of techie giants Microsoft and Amazon, Risher is looking to make high-tech history in a different way in the 21st century: Using e-books to spread literacy, literature, and increased opportunity across the African continent.

David Risher has already raised over $1.5 million in government and private sector funds in support of that mission; and his nonprofit, Worldreader, is shipping Amazon’s Kindle reader to schools and communities in sub-Saharan Africa with a near-term goal of providing 1 million e-books to children in the largely English-speaking countries of Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya in the next year. Awesomenesss! Respect, Mr. Risher. RESPECT!

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Amazing Dance In The Motherland (Video)

Saw a few of the homies talking about this video & it is truly amazing to see the brothas, could be sistahs too, getting down in this dance which I’m assuming is back somewhere in the motherland of Africa. There could be some debate as to whether or not the video was sped up, but if you pay attention to the precision & symmetry of the dancers’ movements it’s still nothing less than incredible.

KONY 2012: The Rebuttals (Video)

Part One & Part TWO Under the hood…
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Rick Ross Across Africa Part II (Video)

This is part 2 of Rick Ross’s VLOG in South Africa & in this segment he does a second show in the land of Mandela then catches a flight to Libreville, Gabon for another show…..BAWSIN’ in Africa.


Fabolous Performs at the Str8 Musik Festival In Tanzania, Africa (Video)

If everything pans out how it’s supposed to be I should be flying to Tanzania with a few friends for New Years & it’ll be my first time in the country. The people I’m rolling with have been there before & I’m hoping this will be another great experience for me in visiting places around the world where I’ve never been. In the video above Fabolous beat me down there while performing at the Str8 Musik festival not too long ago. Speaking of artists performing down in the motherland recently, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, & crew were doing their thing in South Africa in this VIDEO.