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Life of the San (Bushmen) people, Africa's oldest tribe in the world!

A recent video by Ghanaian YouTuber, Wode Maya, has led me to discovering more on some of the oldest tribes in Africa.

It is a commonly held belief that human life evolved out of Africa millions of years ago. Many indigenous African tribes are direct descendants some of the earliest modern human (Homo sapiens) groups and have unique DNA markers. These tribes also have unique genetic features as well as languages that are not closely related to any others that exist today. Additionally, these tribes have been able to maintain their cultural traditions for thousands of years despite European colonization in nearby regions. Remarkably, all of the tribes on this list are still around and practicing their ancient traditions.

According to an article by Pamoja Preparatory Academy, here are the 7 oldest African tribes

7. Maasai
Age: over 3,000 years old
Location: southern Kenya and northern Tanzania
Current Total Population: about 900,000
Languages(s): Maa

The Maasai are one of the most internationally famous African tribes because they live near many of the country’s most popular national parks and reserves. The tribe is also known for its vibrant outfits and distinct customs. Observing and visiting the Maasai people is one of the most popular tourists attractions in Kenya.

According to Maasai oral tradition, the tribe originated north of Lake Turkana (north-west Kenya) in the lower Nile Valley. The Maasai began migrating south in the 15th century, but are believed to have existed as a distinct tribe for over 3,000 years. The tribe is also known for its warriors, who were feared during the Maasai’s height in the 19th century for throwing orinka (clubs) over 100 meters (328 feet).

6. Berbers
Age: over 10,000 years old
Location: North Africa, primarily in Algeria, northern Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, northern Niger, Tunisia, Libya, and part of western Egypt
Current Total Population: 20 – 30 million
Languages(s): Various Berber languages and Maghrebi Arabic dialects

The Berbers, who call themselves Amazigh, are the indigenous people of Northern Africa. There is evidence that the Berbers have existed in the Maghreb region of Africa (modern-day Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Mauritania) since the beginning of recorded history in the area. It is believed that modern Berbers are the descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa.

One of the earliest groups of Berbers were the Caspians, who lived in the region over 10,000 years ago during the Neolithic era. The Berbers, who were named by the Romans after the Latin word for barbarians (barbarus), are regularly referenced throughout Greek and Roman history. In many historical Greek texts, the Berbers were called Libyans and were the sole representation of Africa in Europe at the time. Today, the Berbers are a widely diverse group that reflect the various people and cultures that conquered their lands.

5. Sandawe
Age: over 87,000 years old
Location: Central Tanzania
Current Total Population: 60,000 in 2013
Languages(s): Sandawe

The Sandawe live in central Tanzania near another old African tribe, the Hadza. Like the Hadza, the Sandawe speak one of the few remaining click languages in Africa – the Sandawe click language is unrelated to the Hadza click language.

The Sandawe are descended from some of the first humans and shared a common ancestor with the San tribe, who are believed to be the oldest race in the world. Genetic research has revealed that the Sandawe have a variant gene for melanin, which affects skin color. Researchers have noted that the Sandawe are some of the lightest skinned indigenous African people and look similar to the San.

4. African Pygmies
Age: over 100,000
Location: Central Africa, primarily in the Congo Basin
Current Total Population: about 900,000 in 2016
Languages(s): Varies by specific tribe

African Pygmies are widely known around the world for their small stature and are not one tribe, but various smaller tribes that live in Central Africa. Like the other old African tribes on this list, the Pygmies are thought to be descended from some of the earliest groups of humans. Several current Pygmy tribes have DNA markers closely related to one of the oldest groups of human ancestors.

According to a study from 2015, Pygmies have a different pattern of growth than other humans, which accounts for their smaller size. Pygmies are born average sized, but grow slowly in early childhood. The study also showed that Pygmies’ short stature is genetic and not a result of their environment or malnutrition.

3. Hadza
Age: over 100,000 years old
Location: Tanzania
Current Total Population: 1,200 – 1,300
Languages(s): Hadza

 

Along with the San (Bushmen), the Hadza tribe of Hadzabe are believed to be some of the most ancient people in the world. The Hadza are also the last true hunter-gatherers and their lifestyle and traditions have been the same for over 10,000 years. The tribe doesn’t grow any crops or keep livestock, and they do not have any permanent shelters.

Like the San, the Hadza’s ancestors split off from other ancient groups early on in human history. The Hadza speak a click language that is unrelated to any other existing language on Earth, which provides more evidence of the tribe’s old age. The Hadza still live in their ancestral homeland in Tanzania, near an archaeological site where the oldest fossil evidence of early humans was found.

2. Nama
Age: 100,000 – 140,000
Location: southern Africa in Namibia and Botswana
Current Total Population: over 130,000
Languages(s): Nama, Afrikaans, and English

The Nama are the last true descendants of the Khoikhoi, who are closely related to the San. Collectively, the Khoikhoi and San are called the Khoisan and are often called the world’s first or oldest people. Like the San, the Nama share DNA with some of the oldest groups of humans.

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Today, very few pure Nama people exist because of intermarriage with other tribes and a smallpox outbreaks in the 18th century. The Nama are cattle farmers, a tradition which emerged when some San people acquired cattle stock over 2,300 years ago. This group started calling themselves the Khoikhoi to distinguish themselves from the rest of the Khoisan. The Nama are their remaining descendants.

1. San (Bushmen)
Age: 100,000 – 140,000 years old
Location: Southern Africa in countries such as Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa
Current Total Population: about 90,000
Languages(s): All languages of the Khoe, Kx’a, and Tuu language families

The San tribe has been living in Southern Africa for at least 30,000 years and they are believed to be not only the oldest African tribe, but quite possibly the world’s most ancient race. The San have the most diverse and distinct DNA than any other indigenous African group. This means the San are direct descendants one of the original ancestral human groups.

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Perez Musik opens 2022 with new song, ‘Hewale Lala’

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Perez Musik, the Blema Teasaa  hit maker is back with another beautiful song titled Hewale Lala.
‘Hewale lala’ which mean Song Of Strenght in English is the first Ga song off a 5 track gospel EP titled Delivered by Perez musik.

This single, just like the other songs off the EP is inspired by a series of life experiences and the ultimate realization that life is best lived when one totally submits to the Holy Spirit.

The beauty of the song is expressed in a creative use of the Ga language garnished with an english hook. The song is indeed soothing and inspiring. The sound is different and awakening. It is a “must have” on your gospel Playlist.

From the sound released on this single, worshipers and music listeners should prepare to be dragged into the presence of God because Perez Musik is surely carrying some fresh fire this year.

Perez Recounts in an Instagram post;
“One night, on my way to my studio after a very unexpected rough and tough morning. I started to wonder about the true purpose of life as I felt frustrated on every side. I wanted to give up but suddenly the Holy Spirit ministered this scripture in my heart- “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Isaiah 41:10
I immediately felt this song drop in my spirit. I began to sing the lyrics and melody with so much ease, I felt a positive shift in my physical, emotional and mental state.
It is my heart desire that this song will affirm your faith in Yahweh and restore faith if you have lost it.”

The other titles on the EP are Ayeyi Ndwom, Made for you, Giver of My Life and Tse Ofe(Almighty Father) .

other songs from Perez Musik includes
1.Blema Tesaa https://youtu.be/k1D5CRV6TZc
2.Gborbilor https://youtu.be/3w9yIgVHjtY
3.Goodness of God(Cover) https://youtu.be/_I7ZVkpG8pk
4.Kadosh and All that matter medley https://youtu.be/nylCTKRj2zY

5.Aseda ft @Efe Grace
https://youtu.be/_Mx0oEHUeZA

6. Consuming fire ft Dave da Music Box
https://youtu.be/ly-OntV329o

7. Deeper
https://youtu.be/L3XuvZ-STTI

8. Purge Me
https://youtu.be/dGTJZQEWlJE

9. Amen
https://youtu.be/dGTJZQEWlJE

10. I exalt You
https://youtu.be/EDzMxWHxgwM

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Those doing Asakaa music shouldn’t stop but right now Afrobeats is what has America paying attention

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Michael ‘Emm’ Acheampong-Boateng, President of Highbridge the Label, has explained that it makes sense for African musicians do push the Afrobeats agenda into the US market, since that is what is hot at the moment.

Afrobeats is not new, but in the US, it is. For example, Pop Smoke made drill music with UK beats, that’s how he was introduced to the market. The plan before he died was to transition to more traditional music for people to enjoy. You saw that in his first album after he passed away. If you are a good businessman, the first thing to remember is that you are a business so you position yourself well in order to be successful. If there’s a market for Afrobeats in America and you’re looking into breaking into the market, then you need to come in with what they want and slowly transition to whatever you are looking to bring and see how the market reacts to that,” he said in an interview with Ameyaw TV.

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Asked whether the Asaaka drill music from Ghana was making similar waves in the US, Emm said it wasn’t the case yet.

“I didn’t see it in the US. If I did, I saw it in the African community in the US. If there was an African party, then that’s where you would see it but if you move from the subset of that population, then it didn’t really travel. Afrobeats however, is traveling outside of the African community. So again, I don’t think rappers doing Asaaka should abandon it. But they should be aware that if they want to get a commercial appeal, they should lean towards Afrobeats. Because with rap, Americans speak English, so if they can’t understand what you’re saying, then it’s a little bit tricky.

Highbridge the Label is an American record label founded by A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Don Q, Quincy “QD” Acheampong and Sambou “Bubba” Camara in 2016, based in New York City.

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Vodafone Icons Star Derrick Music Kicks Off Maiden Edition Of Live Lounge

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Former Vodafone Icons and MTN Hitmaker contestant Derrick Music has revealed he is a self-taught piano and acoustic guitar player.

The musician who has countless performances and a few singles to his credit made the shocking revelation when he made an appearance on the maiden edition of Live Lounge, a newly introduced segment on growing YouTube channel BTM Afrika.

“Generally I have a passion for music. Anything about music intrigues me. At first, I used to play the grand piano (that was also self-taught). I was playing at dinners, weddings etc but the problem I had was transporting a grand piano (it’s huge) so I contemplated on getting an instrument that is portable and that’s when I settled on the guitar. I took that bold decision and bought the first guitar and it’s been massive since then,” he said.

Derrick Music brought his A-Game to life as he made an appearance on the maiden edition of Live Lounge.

Starting off with an acoustic rendition of his newly released single Kpalanga, the former Vodafone Icons and MTN Hitmaker star quickly transitioned into performing Anadwo by King Promise and other subsequent songs.

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Kandiga Rapper Radikal Releases Kandimerica Rap Song

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Radikal’s real name is Stephen Abalungo and he proudly hails from Kandiga, a popular community in the Kassena Nankana East District of Upper East Region.

RDK drew inspiration from U.S rapper Pop Smoke’s “Dior”, Shatta Wale, and Kumerica stars to cook his monster hit song. Download Supah Radikal Kandimerica.mp3 and listen to the talented Frafra rapper’s new track below.

Having graduated from ZAMSTECH SHS recently, Supah Radikal,22, is highly determined to make his mark in the Ghanaian music scene with the hope of taking hip-hop rap to new heights. He believes that music is a vital tool to transform the lives of the ghetto youth.

Rapping Machine, Am the beast from the East..go ask Aziz how we set records like Kilah Bee..no time to waste, prepare for the massive hip-hop banger from RDK..it will be my first release of the year 2022.. Africa punches Kilah🎙️, Supah Radikal tweeted about his new project.

Radikal is the rapper behind popular hit songs likes “Destiny” and “Bemsoe”, which you can stream on SoundCloud“. As an avid lover of entertainment, RDK is the real deal when it comes to the rap game. The self-styled African punchline killer is here to stay.

“LET’S TRY TO BUILD UP N IMPROVE OURSELVES FROM THE INSIDE.. DON’T THINK ABOUT ONLY THE OUTSIDE WORLD.. IT’S GOOD U WORK SECRETLY INSIDE.. SUCCESS WILL BRING IT OUT 1DAY…#SUPAH #RDK #DTB✌️

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie collaborating with Davido opened doors for Afrobeats in New York – President of Highbridge The Label

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Michael ‘Emm’ Acheampong-Boateng, President of Highbridge the Label, has explained the need for African artists to explore ways of breaking into global music markets such as the US.

Speaking about how Afrobeats has managed to break into mainstream American music in recent times, Emm told Ameyaw TV that it didn’t happen by chance. According to him, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s 2018 single, ‘Way Too Fly’ featuring Davido; and other strategic collaborations have helped contribute to the phenomenon.

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“That’s not a mistake, it’s not by chance. I think back in 2018 when Boogie was on fire, he did a song with Davido and prior to that they didn’t really play afrobeats music on the radio. After Boogie did that song with David, we started to hear more Afrobeats on the radio in America, specifically in New York City.

“The rest of the guys had good music, but they had to be introduced into the marketplace. We helped introduce them to the marketplace. And I think as Africans we should be proud of the music we are making; it is feel-good music and it’s the next breaking sound. I can see Afrobeats Record Labels that are going to come up in United States soon, if they haven ‘t already because that sound is really big. They play the Wizkid and Tem’s song every hour on the hour in New York City. So, it’s been accepted completely and fully,” he adds.

Highbridge the Label is an American record label founded by A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Don Q, Quincy “QD” Acheampong and Sambou “Bubba” Camara in 2016, based in New York City.

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Oduma Essan hires East African hip-hop, Fid Q for the official 2022 banger

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The mid-tempo laid-back vibe is an Afrobeat tune that is set to deliver it’s sonic ambiance throughout the entire room or outdoor space that is being played.

Featuring Fid Q, the tune is an attempt by the talent to expand his horizon and music appeal following the release of his initial hits such as Bigi Bigi, Show Body, among several others.

Fid is said to be one of the artists who brought honor to Hip hop in Tanzania and East Africa with his well-known song Mwanza Mwanza wherein there is unique writing that has been different from the usual one (narratives/streams)

He has repeatedly been named the best hip-hop artist of all time in Tanzania and East Africa (by Felix Nyaumbu).

In commenting on his latest release, he stated, “The reason for this collaboration was to expand my career to other parts of the continent and the world at large.

It’s for the fans to know that we have something better to give the people for the Christmas and new year to make them happy and bring them fun”.

 

Get interactive with Oduma across his socials and stream now across all digital streaming platforms here – https://song.link/i/1601233440

IG – https://instagram.com/odumaessan

TWITTER – @odumaessan

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