One assumes that there would be loads of channels exclusively dedicated to the promotion of African music, but up until now Maskanda, Kwaito, kwela, Mbalax, as well as regional jazz, soul, hip hop, R&B and pop have relatively little airtime on the internet, leaving a sizeable gap in the market.
Cue: Vibrations Radio. Like their Facebook page and you could win this month!
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. Mo has 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 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.
Visit Vibration Radio’s here to listen in and hear what all the fuss is about.
Vibrations Radio is giving away 10 CD gift-packs during December and January 2013. All you have to do is like their page on Facebook here.