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Muziki Ni

An up close and personal look at the inspirations that drive the music of talented artists from Africa and the diaspora.

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Season 4
  • Season 4 | Episode 2 
    2C
    Romeo Mulbah, also known as 2C lets us into his world of hip-hop, giving us the inside scoop on what lead him to the life of music.
  • Season 4 | Episode 1 
    Obisoulstar
    Melding the sounds of Afrobeat, Soul, Reggae & Rock, Obisoulstar takes us on a journey that gives us insight into his influences and life as a music artist.
Season 3
  • Season 3 | Episode 13 
    Sydney Salmon

    In this episode of Muziki Ni, acclaimed roots reggae musician Sydney Salmon introduces viewers to the Rastafarian haven that is Shashemene, Ethiopia.  He shares the sights and sounds of a unique city that continually fuels his blend of Ethiopian and Jamaican music.

  • Season 3 | Episode 12 
    Wangechi
    In this episode of Muziki Ni, Nairobi-based alternative rapper and songwriter Wangechi reveals poignant life events that affected the trajectory of her music career. She takes us on a walk through her hometown with her catchy jazz-rap tunes, and make stops for fashion, tea and friends.
  • Season 3 | Episode 11 
    Wunmi
    In this episode of Muziki Ni, Nigerian-born musician, dancer, designer and Fela Kuti enthusiast Wunmi, takes viewers on a New York City adventure, sharing the ‘Big Apple’ aesthetics that continually feed her Afrobeat style.
  • Season 3 | Episode 10 
    Okyeame Kwame
    In this episode of Muziki Ni, “hip life” singer Okyeame Kwame displays his gifts in music, poetry and business savvy. A master lyricist and universal linguist, he communicates visually as well with his fashion style and charm. He transforms eating a bowl of fufu and soup into high art and homage to his ancestors.
  • Season 3 | Episode 9 
    Atongo Zimba
    In this episode of Muziki Ni, we follow Ghana’s Atongo Zimba and his two-stringed calabash lute. Atonga demonstrates how praising, cajoling, poking fun and social critique function as
  • Season 3 | Episode 8 
    MzVee
    We journey with MzVee, a Ghanaian Dancehall artiste, as she opens up into her world, inspiration and what makes her and her city musically exciting. We visit a chop bar (local eating joint owned by her mum), the beach where she goes to get in touch with her inner self, a photoshoot and a jam session of the Airport City – to get a feel of who she is, what she does, what she wants and how she achieves them.
  • Season 3 | Episode 7 
    Dark Suburb
    Stage rituals, freakish costumes, cryptic messages and lots more synonymous with the group known as Dark Suburb are all explained in this episode of Muziki Ni. We learn about concept behind their skeletal costumes; where they hang out and what they like to eat. We also see where the magic of music making happens and how the mysterious Unknown Soldier at the Independence Square of Ghana inspires this group.
  • Season 3 | Episode 6 
    Wiyaala
    In this episode of Muziki Ni, Wiyaala gives us a front seat view of her life behind the stage. She talks about her unique fashion sense inspired by her rich cultural background, her entry into the music scene after a failed attempt at a soccer career and how she unwinds after a long day.
  • Season 3 | Episode 5 
    Rocky Dawuni
    Ghanaian-born, Los Angeles-based musician and humanitarian Rocky Dawuni sheds light on how he stays inspired, causes that make him tick and his love for cooking. And the episode culminates in a crowd thumping performance at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Season 3 | Episode 4 
    Zaki Ibrahim
    In this episode of Muziki Ni, Cape Town’s Zaki Ibrahim explains what being a nomadic musician living in Canada is all about. The South African singer/songwriter prepares traditional Cape Malay Koeksistas while explaining how the sights and sounds of ‘The Continent’ inspire her new world music.
  • Season 3 | Episode 3 
    Shi Wisdom
    In this episode of Muziki Ni, singer/songwriter Shi Wisdom shares music from her 2014 album ‘Stranger Things Have Happened’. Shi also takes viewers art-supply shopping and visit Toronto’s Eglington West neighborhood. There we drop in on one of the city’s most iconic Jamaican barbershops. Get ready to see and hear the diverse fabric of Shi Wisdom’s musical inspiration.

  • Season 3 | Episode 2 
    Tanika Charles
    In this episode of Muziki Ni, singer/songwriter Tanika Charles takes viewers to a few of her favorite Toronto haunts and shares four cuts from her debut EP ‘Silly Happy Wild’. Unveil a side of city-living that inspires the singer’s unique brand of soul music. And find out why it’s worth the trip to Ali’s Roti Shop in Parkdale, to dine on authentic Trinidadian cuisine.

    Singer/songwriter Tanika Charles explores her Canadian / Trinidadian heritage and its influence on her music and identity.
  • Season 3 | Episode 1 
    Slakah The Beatchild
    In this episode of Muziki Ni, urban singer/producer Slakah The Beatchild shares his passion for record-digging, thrift-shopping and melodic songwriting inspired by the percussive rhythm of the Caribbean. Get an up close and personal look at the inspirations that drive the music of Byram Joseph aka @beatchildmusic
Season 2
  • Season 2 | Episode 13 
    I-Octane
    Before he became known to the world as I-Octane, young Byiome Muir was just another youth growing up in Jamaica with big dreams. Today, I-Octane is known for his dance hall reggae style music and has a devoted fan base from around the world.
  • Season 2 | Episode 12 
    Cherine
    Cherine Anderson is a singer and songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. The sultry songstress enjoyed a successful transition from acting to music. Working in film opposite Idris Elba and Ky-Mani Marley, her career as an R&B, soul and hip-hop artist has led to opening gigs for John Mayer and Wyclef Jean, and collaborations with Madonna, Britney Spears and Sir Paul McCartney.
  • Season 2 | Episode 11 
    Toniks
    Ugandan Afro Pop/R&B performer Toniks has won many of east Africa music’s biggest honors and received the "Listeners Choice Award" at the First MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008. Sharing the stage with Nigeria's P-Square, and Jamaica's Beanie Man and Sean Kingston, Toniks' music has also branched out to Namibia, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania.
  • Season 2 | Episode 10 
    Rumor
    A devout Christian, Ghanaian rapper Rumor avoids obscenities and uses his lyrics to shed light to help change hip-hop and the world at large. One of Ghana’s youngest rap artists, Rumor had his first major breakthrough in 2009 when he collaborated on the Skillions New Generation Mixtape and shared the stage with locally recognized artists Sway and Lethal Bizzle.
  • Season 2 | Episode 9 
    Radio & Weasel
    Moses Nakintije & Douglas Mayanja ushered in a music revolution in 2008 that has taken Uganda by storm. The 26-year old Radio is the "R-n-B" crooner and 24-year old Weasel brings "Ragga" to all their songs. The three-time 'Pearl of Africa Music Award' winners are a force in the Ugandan music industry.
  • Season 2 | Episode 8 
    Reggie Rockstone
    Award-winning Ghanaian rapper Reggie Rockstone gives us a glimpse into his life, music and the art form he helped to pioneer known as Hiplife.
  • Season 2 | Episode 7 
    M.anifest
    Ghanaian indie rapper M.anifest calls his music fierce and unapologetic hip-hop rooted in Afrobeat and Highlife music. M.anifest shares intimate moments of his life and new album, Immigrant Chronicles.
  • Season 2 | Episode 6 
    DBLACK
    Hip-Hop artist DBLACK talks about growing up in Ghana in difficult circumstances and motivating himself to make great music. Introducing his edgy videos, the African talent’s goal is to put Ghanaian hip-hop music on the international platform.
  • Season 2 | Episode 5 
    Rafiya
    Her Congolese parents and diplomat father traveled throughout Africa raising Rafiya in countries where she would soak up the variety of music each had to offer. Today, the AfroSoul singer- songwriter writes and performs in English and French, and her positive perspective on life shines through in her music videos and performances.
  • Season 2 | Episode 4 
    Alison Hinds
    Bajan, the term used for a person from Barbados, and "Queen of SOCA" singer Alison Hinds, talks about her passion for music, her videos and visiting L.A. And, her collaboration (and friendship) with Jamaican musician Shaggy results in a surprise appearance!
  • Season 2 | Episode 3 
    4x4
    Never afraid to strut their stuff, Ghanaian hip-life trio" 4X4" show off their most elaborate music videos to date blending hip-hop and dancehall for a sound and look all their own.  Pronounced “4-ex-4,” the group is known for their pride in their country and serving as inspiration to the youth of Ghana.
  • Season 2 | Episode 2 
    Kae Sun
    Ghanaian singer-songwriter Kae Sun talks about his videos and his unique style of music known as “urban folk.” A graduate of Accra’s prestigious Achimota School where Kwame Nkruma was educated, Kae resides in Canada producing a variety of music videos featuring soul, folk and hip-hop.
  • Season 2 | Episode 1 
    EL
    Ghanaian urban hip-hop artist EL is an award-winning record producer, rapper and sound engineer. He won the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Soundtrack for A Sting in a Tale. EL has also produced hit songs for hip-hop, hi- life and R&B performers Sarkodie, D-Black and Reggie Rockstone, and has said that he produces music for his fans, not awards.
Season 1
  • Season 1 | Episode 14 
    Lira
    South African soul vocalist Lira talks about her award-winning music and how her sound is now capturing American audiences.
  • Season 1 | Episode 13 
    Peter Miles
    From the banks of Lake Victoria, the self styled King of Ugandan dancehall opens up about the highlife in Africa and introduces his masterfully shot music videos.
  • Season 1 | Episode 11 
    Keko
    Keko, one of Uganda’s hottest female rappers, talks about her success, her music videos and why she loves Africa.
  • Season 1 | Episode 10 
    Jay Ghartey
    We profile Ghanaian artist Jay Ghartey through his music videos.
  • Season 1 | Episode 9 
    Kanja Muchoki
    On this episode meet Kenyan artist Kanja Muchoki through his music videos.
  • Season 1 | Episode 8 
    Navio
    Profiles Ugandan artist Navio through his music and music videos.
  • Season 1 | Episode 7 
    Freddie McGregor
    Meet Jamaican artist Freddie McGregor through his videos.
  • Season 1 | Episode 5 
    Cindy
    Check out Ugandan singer Cinderella (Cindy) Sanyu through her music videos.
  • Season 1 | Episode 4 
    Rocky Duwani
    Get to know Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni through his music videos.
  • Season 1 | Episode 3 
    Gazza
    Profile of Namibian artist Gazza through his music videos.
  • Season 1 | Episode 2 
    Ce’Cile
    A look at Jamaican artist Ce’Cile through her music videos.
  • Season 1 | Episode 1 
    Vampino
    Our first episode looks at Ugandan artist Vampino through his music videos.