Benny Afroe says Fxck genre

16th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Benny Afroe – a young, fresh, musically trained, exceptional African talent on the cusp of taking on the global music scene. Creating waves on the street with his dress sense and music, this guy has it all! His sound is a blend of everything we love here at COA; Hip Hop, RnB, Pop, and Trap Soul with a hint of…

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Twitch; The Romantic Gangster

27th August 2020 BY Ivis Ngwenya

What a great time to be alive! Right now we are in the middle of a revolution, African music is slowly taking over and finally receiving the attention it deserves. Even in a pandemic, no one can stop greatness! All eyes are on us but more recently, all eyes are on rising African star, Twitch, as he releases his highly…

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Azana; The Future

17th August 2020 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Let me introduce you to the future of South African music – at only 19 years of age Makhosazana Masango known as Azana is already out here securing the number #1 spot in the country on Apple Music’s Pop Chart, and charted across all genres on Apple Music Top 100 in South Africa, eSwatini and Botswana. How many 19-year-olds can say the same?…

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Stonebwoy; A major player in Ghanaian Music

29th May 2020 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Every single month without fail African artists are constantly reminding us that they are in fact the Kings and Queens in this music game. So far in terms of music, this has really been our year and I could not be more excited! One album we cannot stop talking about here at COA is Stonebwoys ‘Anloga Junction’. This is his…

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OP-ED: La Sape Congolaise, The Fashion Makers.

8th August 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

La Sape’ is a lifestyle built on a simple set of values: dress sharp, act with integrity and inspire others. A Congolese sapeur is a happy man even if he does not eat, because wearing proper clothes feeds the soul and gives pleasure to the body. The current wave of African artists and creatives is pioneered by creative inspiration that is simply not…

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Why do beauty brands not market to Women Of Colour?

4th July 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

So I recently came across a statistic which states that “black women are the biggest spenders on makeup and beauty products of any demographic in the world, outspending caucasian women by 6 times. In the USA alone, they spend $7.5 billion on beauty annually despite being only 13.7% of the female population.”   So my question to you is why do…

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What has made African Fashion a phenomenon?

4th July 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

From my previous blog posts, I’m pretty sure that we can all tell that Africa has influenced western fashion for as long as it has existed. A multitude of African traditions have been used as a rich source of inspiration; Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons and many others have been inspired by the…

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Why Visit Durban

21st May 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Known as South Africas “friendliest city” Durban has to be one of South Africa’s best quest secrets! To me it is the middle man between Joburg and Cape Town, it’s a laid back yet busy city that is not too expensive. Durban combines an exciting mix of urban Afro- Indian culture and is slowly but surely becoming the place to…

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Akon Wants African Actors to be Cast in Coming to America 2

16th April 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Can you believe the fact that it has been over three decades since Coming to America first hit our screens in 1988? An entire 13 years before I was even born. I feel like I’m a little too young to appreciate films like this but these are my favourite, black films from the ’90s, late ’80s and early 2000s will…

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