African music history is rich and diverse, with many singular branches that include Maskanda, Kwaito, kwela, Mbalax as well as jazz, soul, hip hop, R&B, pop and world music.
It seems almost natural to assume that there would be a channel exclusively dedicated to its promotion, but up until now these genres have received very little airtime on the internet, leaving a sizeable gap in the market.
Cue: Vibrations Radio. Recently conceptualised and made in Africa, Vibrations Radio is the brainchild of Mohamed Fall (Brother Mo), who took it upon himself to create an online radio station to promote uniquely African music. As the owner and producer of Vibrations Recording Studio, Mo is uniquely qualified to head up this project, with over two decades’ worth of experience in developing and promoting African artists. He also serves as board member on Cape Mic, Airco and the Western Cape Musician Association, which allows him to keep abreast of both local and international industry trends and developments.
The idea to create an online radio station to exclusively promote African music was first put forward early 2012 and Brother Mo decided to use his sizeable influence to provide the platform on which to do so. The station went live in September 2012. Listeners can now enjoy six DJ’s presenting 6 fresh shows, 24 hours a day, every day.
Some highlights include:
· A Jazz show presented by Buster Peterson. This show is dedicated to celebrating timeless jazz and jazz musicians from around the world, with special emphasis on African- and cross cultural influences. It also provides a platform to introduce new, up-and-coming jazz talent.
· A Hip Hop show presented by Young Marcus. The Hip Hop show has its roots planted in the townships of South Africa, from Mitchell’s Plain to Khayelitsha. The show also acts as a platform for Vibrations Radio to encourage debate and discussion on social issues such as gangsterism and drug abuse in our communities.
Here’s to celebrating our African heritage and making our singular music accessible to audiences around the globe.
Visit Vibration Radio’s here to listen in and hear what all the fuss is about.
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