We've brought together a selection of CDs that we consider important. New CDs are shipped from France through Amazon, as they have the best selection  while offering purchasers the best service.  The used CDs come from Gemm.

But if you hear of another source, let us know on the contact page.

Nous trouvons ces disques importants. Les CDs neufs sont livrés par Amazon en France, pour le choix et le service. Les autres viennent de Gemm.

Mais si vous connaissez un autre fournisseur, contactez-nous à partir de la page contact.

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Here are some of the articles we've posted over the past few months. We keep them here as the inks might be of use to you.

June 22 04. Kalitz celebrate first release. South Africa’s Kalitz held a major party to celebrate the release of their debut album “Die Ding Ruk Mal”, which is currently CD of the week on CDWherehouse. The Afrikaans trio is about to make a number of appearances to support the release and has also opened a Kalitz mailing group. Kalitz, by the way, is how you pronounce “coloureds” with a South African accent!

Upcoming dates:

Saturday, 26 June 2004, 11 a.m. Tygervalley Shopping Mall
Thursday, 1 July 2004, 8 p.m. Armchair Theatre
Saturday, 3 + 4 July 2004, 3 p.m. Grahamstown Festival
Thursday, 8 July 2004, 8 p.m. Armchair Theatre
Sunday, 11 July 2004, 3 p.m. Waterfront Amphitheatre
Thursday, 1 July 2004, 8 p.m. Armchair Theatre.

May 27 JJC (DJ Skillz) to play this Sunday in Colchester UK
JJC, the founder of Big Brovaz, will be appearing as DJ Skills at the Hippodrome in Colchester Sunday May 30.
More about JJC

April 13 Wa BMG 44 European dates.  If you move quickly, you can still catch some dates by Senegal's hardcore  outfit Wa BMG 44.  April 14 sees them in the Claridge, Brussels; April 15 Nuremberg; with later dates in Switzerland (check your local press). They will be bringing copies of their latest cassette from Senegal, unreleased in Europe. For more about Wa BMG44, click here.

March 18 04. The East Coast scene.
The scene in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya has exploded over the past few years. This article charts the changes and debate.

Read the article on Allafrica.com

March 12 04. "Stop debasing women"

The debate about abusive lyrics is not limited to the Western world and Jamaica. In Ghana, the International Federation of Women's Lawyers is using the upcoming Ghana Music Awards as a platform to challenge the increasing use of profanity and abusive stereotypes against women in Ghanian lyrics. The Awards are expected to be dominated by Hip-Life perfomers, playing a combination of Hi-Life and Hip-Hop.

Read more on Ghanaweb

Daara J in France. Senegal's Daara J will be appearing in France. We have news of two dates: March 20 in Montreuil and May 28 in Montluçon. The trio were recently nominated Best African Artist at the Awards for World Music 2004.

Mr Devious RIP. It's a sad fact that most people will not have heard of Mr Devious, the South African rapper that was killed on January 23 last. His almost childlike voice was laid over some serious Hip-Hop grooves. recognised as one of the country's most influential MCs, Devious spent most of his time trying to help kids in his community. He died in a fight, protecting his father from an attack and is survived by a wife who is expecting his child.

Add your condolences on the African Hip-Hop site.

World Hip-Hop Summit in Paris next November. The idea is to create a forum for debating the worldwide impact of Hip-Hop, in terms of empowering youth, civic engagement - as well as the artistic challenges.

Check the website.

African-rap.com is another funky gig from A-Lyric.com