Idia Ogala

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Meet K.O, the platinum-selling emcee putting South Africa on the map

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This year has been a great one – to say the least – for African music, internationally.  We saw the likes of Olamide, Eddy Kenzo, and Mavins have strong campaigns, elevating their popularity. The 2014 projects of Wizkid, Fuse ODG and AKA enjoyed significant traction, peaking over the summer.  Sarkodie, Wande Coal, Skales and Davido (impending) are rounding out Q3 and Q4 in a strong fashion, giving fans around the globe quality projects heading into the […]

An Inside Look: African Princes of Comedy Tour

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APC unites your favorite African comedians to put on for the continent – one show at a time! When Heanyi Bob-Nwachukwu (N-wa-chu-kwu) – known to his social following as FOXY P – identified a void in the industry of African comedy, he sprung into action with hopes of filling it and creating opportunity. Foxy’s goal was to assemble a […]

WATCH: Sarkodie’s “New Guy” documentary walks fans through Ace Hood collaboration

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West African rapper Sarkodie, who we showcased back in July, recently released a 27-minute documentary entitled, “New Guy”. The short-film, executive produced by the internationally renowned, Rickie Davies, takes viewers on a  journey through the creative process that culminated in “New Guy” – the popular collaboration between ‘Sark’ and Miami-based hip-hop frequent, Ace Hood. Delve behind […]

Game Recognize Game: Hip Hop giants finding value in Africa’s elite

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In addition to blessing us with tech innovations like social media, the information age has made the world ridiculously smaller. Nowhere is this concept more prevalent, at the moment, than in the entertainment industry. What once was an anomaly (of sorts) is now commonplace in artists looking to improve branding & expand their international presence […]

Meet Xander and Rex: Two Hip-Hop Entrepreneurs Making Noise

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In a world where industry success and recognition is lauded solely after the fact – when you’ve “made it”, there are two hip-hop entrepreneurs looking to ‘televise’ their hustle to the masses en route to grand status. Jordan “Xander” King and Brandon “Rex” Brathwaite are business entrepreneurs in the making, hailing from Toronto, Canada and […]

Listen to Xander ft. Kevin Gates and Rex on “Rider”

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  Xander & Rex – Kommunity Inc. label heads  – just teamed up with Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates for a hot new single. The acclaimed record, entitled “Rider”, has been making its way around the airwaves and music blogs for the last couple of weeks. The track from the up-and-coming hip hop entrepreneurs, […]

OP-ED: I’m No Fan of JAY Z’s Streaming Platform, Tidal.. Here’s Why

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Disclaimer: The following thoughts are my own and do not reflect the views of The Source Magazine. On March 30th JAY Z, accompanied by 15 of the most successful musical acts on the planet, rolled out the second iteration of Tidal – a music streaming service set to rival Spotify, Pandora and the likes. Labeled a game-changing “movement” by the Roc Nation head […]

Sports to TV: King James Looks To Dominate A Different Industry

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Four years ago LeBron James outgrew his hometown and took his talents to South Beach. Amid the unnatural departure process, as some pundits would describe it as, James also seemed to outgrow media-driven, off-the-court business endeavors as a championship legacy became 1A and 1B on his career list of priorities. Fast forward to 2 rings and four […]

Donald Sterling and an Underexposed Revelation

 Amid all the outrage spewed by a disappointed commissioner, fans, players and casual enthusiasts of the NBA over the Donald Sterling commentary, an important revelation — that was perhaps more substantial and newsworthy than the actual disturbing comments — had been exposed. For decades, African Americans have made valiant efforts in overcoming historical barriers, en […]

March Madness 2014: 10 Players to Watch

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Selection Sunday is behind us, meaning the field of 68 is set and millions of brackets are in the process of being filled out with hopes of generating a massive payday (courtesy of Warren Buffet). Sure the odds of perfecting your tournament match-ups are virtually impossible (a reportedly 1 in 9 quintillion shot), but bragging […]