American singer Maxwell is back on the music scene and with 6 Grammy nominations, he is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the music business.

Recently interviewed by TRACE, he spoke of his love for Africa and how, as an African-American, he feels a deep connection to the continent because it is the place where his roots lie.

In October 2008, he visited South Africa and performed at the MACUFE Music Festival, which is held yearly in the city of Bloemfontein. Maxwell gave South African audiences an astounding show and he performed 3 songs from his current album “BLACKsummers’night.”

Maxwell says he draws influence from African music artists such as Nigerian afrobeat musician Femi Kuti. As he is influenced by Africa, Maxwell’s “Help somebody” remix featuring hip hop artist Nas is a song that speaks about giving a helping hand and raises awareness by being linked to Bono’s RED campaign. When the song is purchased a contribution goes toward the fight against AIDS in Africa.

African fans hope to see Maxwell soon on their continent as they have more than enough love for him too.

Written by Sam Zungu

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