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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Please Don't Stop The Music!

Aren't you wondering when Sade is going to release her next album? The last new material we heard from her—Lovers Rock—was released in 2000, that's almost a decade ago! We know that she is not one to rush the musical process, but as major fans, we are longing for some new music from her. How about Les Nubians? They've been promising fans that they are about to release a new album "soon" but "soon" is starting to feel like "never." The last new material we heard from them—One Step Forward—was six years ago! (We don't count Les Nubians Presents Echos, Chapter One because that was a collaborative effort that featured only one Les Nubians track, Embrasse Moi, and it was a remix of the song that was originally released in their 1998 album Princesses Nubiennes).

With few African artists in the mix who have reached the masses and become household names for music aficionados (Zap Mama, Angelique Kidjo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo), and even fewer releasing albums on a fairly consisent basis, it seems as though we have little to select from when it comes to great music. Add to this the passing of some truly phenomenal artists (Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Lucky Dube), and we're down to a handful of phenomenal artists. While we're excited about emerging artists (and in fact feature them regularly in MIMI), here's a list of established artists who MIMI is hoping to hear new material from:
  1. Sade
  2. Les Nubians
  3. Goapele (she released a great single Don't Be Shy last year)

One thing MIMI knows is that when these artists release new music, it will be well worth the wait! It's all about quality over quantity with them. Tell us in your comments, which artists would you like to hear new material from?

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Anonymous said...

Definitely Sade!!!!

Anonymous said...

It's been a minute since we've heard from Sade!!! She knows she can take her time because there's no one else in the game quite like her.

Anonymous said...

Music years are like dog years. A decade in music years is truly an eternity in real life. Sade will always be relevant because her music is timeless, but nine years is a long time to stay silent. Maybe she has retired :(

Anonymous said...

Sade is great, but she is not the only great female African artist and the world will not come to an end if we don't hear another album from her. We have many fresh artists with great voices and songs who are very talented. Let's broaded our perspectives a little.

mila said...

I also wish Sade would release a new album. Her music never disappoints.

Just FINE said...

I agree with anonymous, we have a lot of new talent like Nayo and Maya Andrade who are making great music.

Sijui said...

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE feature Thandiswa Mazwai in your magazine or on this blog. She is a phenomenal artist from Mzansi, and frankly sets a new league for talent and female vocalists on the continent. You will not regret it!!!