Two CDs from Zambia are featured in today's Global Hit. One is a re-issue of "Zam-Rock" recorded in the 1970s, the other is newer material recorded last year. DJ music critic Mannasseh Phiri tells us more.
The southern African nation of Zambia gained independence from Britain on October 24, 1964. Half a century later, it’s one of the most politically stable countries in the region. But as Zambia celebrates its 50th birthday, some Zambians are turning their attention to fixing the problems of the future.
For the Global Hit Tuesday, we are featuring music from a young lady named Hope Masike. Masike is a Zimbabwean artist whose gliding Afro-jazz makes use of her skills on the traditional African thumb piano, the mbira.
Most of Africa spent centuries under white rule, either through colonial policies or post-colonial schemes like apartheid. But that changed two decades ago, and since then Africa hasn't had a white leader of any country. But that just changed.