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Sway DaSafo
Did You Know?

Check your facts on the artists and music you love.

  • Sway DaSafo’s mum travelled from Amsterdam with the intention of giving birth to him in her place of origin – Ghana. But when she stopped off for a few days en-route, Sway decided he wanted to be born a North Londoner.

  • At 50 Cent’s first performance in Nigeria he threw bundles of Naira into the crowd. Nigerian rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem bit back, asking the crowd “50 thinks we’re hungry, that’s why he’s throwing money at you. Are you hungry? F 50 Cent, f the organisers.”

  • Forty percent of the population of Johannesburg is under the age of 24.

  • Kenya could claim copyright for the Reggaeton music style. Ogopa DJs started a sound remarkably like it in Kenya about five years ago which is still strong today.

  • AKON, a Senegalese African, moved to the US when he was seven. His family is headed by legendary percussionist and jazz musician Mor Thiam, whose expertise for playing the Djembe, a traditional African drum, has been touted as unrivalled.

  • UK rapper/singer Estelle is from Senegal.

  • Kenya is third home to Shaggy. He is a regular crowdpuller there. Other visitors include Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, T.O.K and Seani B. Yes, dancehall is really big in Kenya.

  • Kenya dominates the music scene in East Africa. You can’t claim to have made it in East Africa until you have cracked Nairobi. Many artists from surrounding countries have moved to Nairobi for this reason.

  • When Lauryn Hill wanted to discover Africa in preparation to her solo effort Kenya was her country of choice.

  • Johannesburg is nicknamed Egoli, which means "place of gold". Forty per cent of the world's gold has been found here.

  • Ty, Shola Ama, Nas and Blak Twang all have Nigerian origins.


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