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Youssou N'Dour

by Bram Posthumus

One of the worst things that has happened to Africa, musically speaking, is We Are The World. Saccharine lyrics, simple melody and yes, of course, that earworm refrain. It sticks in memory but rather like any ditty written for soap advertisements.

We Are The World. Africa has several inexplicable love affairs with similar sentimental sludge. There was a time, mercifully mostly behind us, that you could not turn on a radio station without being subjected to Céline Dion. But We Are The World has staying power and some thirty years after it escaped from the studios, there is still no escaping it. Especially around Christmas.

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Obama can sing – and does.

by Ninja Kors

Another short clip from the presidential campaigns in the USA: current president and re-election hopeful Barack Obama has decided to show his fun and easy-going side. What better way to do that than with a little bit of music?

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