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Thanks to the Internet, African musicians have been getting a growing amount of attention from outside their own borders. Blogs such as Awesome Tapes from Africa have been working to get artists known overseas, while some bands, such as Pasichigare Mbiras, continue to rely on cultural organizations for help.

At the end of the month, African embassies will help bring some acts to Japan. From March 30 to April 1, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse will host the 2012 African Festival, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

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