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Kamo Mphela’s Latest EP ‘Nkulunkulu’ is a Must-Listen

South African amapiano artist, Kamo Mphela, has been a major talking point on social media recently after one fan on social media compared her to the late kwaito artist, Lebo Mathosa. While the debate focused on whether the comparison had any merit to it (as is often the case in comparisons between new wave and veteran artists), what is undeniable is the talent of both women. Twenty-one-year-old Mphela, who released her Nkulunkulu EP last week, delivered a vibrant project which deserves to be acknowledged beyond conversations that unwittingly take away from her own journey as an upcoming artist. READ: 21 Amapiano…

Mozambique’s Political Unrest: Where Things Stand

On March 24th, militants stormed Palma—a gas-rich city in Mozambique—as part of an ongoing insurgency in the country dating back to 2017. Dozens of civilians have been killed although an official death toll has not been declared as of yet. Currently, at least 8000 more have been left displaced, fleeing to other parts of the country and attempting to seek asylum in Tanzania. This is believed to be the worst attacks carried out by the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, to date. READ: Jihadist Massacre 20 Men in Mozambique During Traditional Initiation CeremonyThe situation in Mozambique is dire with civilians facing displacement,…

Former Burkinabe President Charged with Thomas Sankara’s Murder

Burkina Faso’s former president, Blaise Compaore, has reportedly been indicted by a military court in the country’s capital for the 1987 assassination of political revolutionary, Thomas Sankara. Hailed as a national hero, Sankara was assassinated alongside 12 other government officials in a coup led by Compaore before he ascended to power. In 2014, Compaore was forced to resign from his 27-year-long rule and seek exile in the Ivory Coast after continued mass demonstrations. Thirteen other political figures, including former General Gilbert Diendere, have also been indicted with charges including “assassination” and “concealment of corpses”. READ: This Mixed Media Series Pays Homage…

​DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small Enlist Tresor on Their New Amapiano Album

Acclaimed South African production duo, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, popularly known as Scorpion Kings, recently released their new album Rumble In The Jungle in collaboration with TRESOR, a Congolese-born but South Africa-based vocalist. The album’s two lead singles “Funu” and “Fola Sade” are already popular with music fans. By roping Tresor into their latest amapiano offering, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small aimed to create a musical experience that would unite Africans.Read: Kabza De Small is The Most Streamed South African Artist on Spotify in 2020Each song on the 14-track album is laced with Tresor’s powerful vocals, which borrow…

Commonwealth Short Story Prize Announces 2021 Shortlist

This year’s shortlist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize has recently been announced. The annual prize, which was launched by the Commonwealth Foundation in 2012, selects 25 writers from five regions of the Commonwealth: Africa, Asia, Canada & Europe, the Caribbean as well as the Pacific. Thereafter, a winner is selected from each region with the overall winner taking home a grand prize of 5000 British Pounds. The prize is the most popular literary prize for short stories after the Ako Caine Prize. READ: Irenosen Okojie Wins This Year’s Prestigious AKO Caine PrizeThis year’s shortlisted writers from the Africa region hail…

Falz’s ‘Squander’ Remix Will Get You Dancing In No Time

Nigerian award-winning rapper, songwriter, and actor Falz makes his debut into the South African music scene with a remix of his hit single “Squander” featuring South Africa’s Kamo Mphela, Mpura, and SayFar alongside the Nigerian Afro-House queen Niniola, who was on the original.
Produced by Young Willis and SayFar, the single has an infectious energy that will get you dancing in no time. We didn’t expect anything less from breakout vocalist Mpura whose single “Umsebenzi Wethu” is currently topping multiple streaming charts. Amapiano singer and choreographer Kamo Mphela, known for her striking dance moves and collaborations with prominent artists like…

South Africans Confronted with Reality of Continued Homophobic Murders

A 40-year-old South African man, Andile “Lulu” Ntuthela, was recently murdered and buried in a shallow grave in what is believed to be an act of homophobia. Ntuthela’s body was reportedly only found eleven days after his tragic death. The 28-year-old suspect, who has not been named as yet, is expected to appear at the Kwa-Nobuhle Magistrates Court in the Eastern Cape today. LGBT activists and allies of the community have arranged to protest at the court today while many South Africans on social media are demanding justice under the banner of #JusticeForLulu.READ: ‘Africa is Queer!’
#JusticeForLulu https://t.co/eZz6hYrh2Q — RIP LULU ❤️…

Twitter Set to Build New Africa Headquarters in Ghana

Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO and co-founder, has reportedly announced that the social networking service will be basing its new Africa headquarters in Ghana. The announcement was shared, earlier today, on Twitter’s own blog and via Dorsey’s personal account. Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo quickly confirmed the news, stating that Ghana welcomed the announcement and the confidence reflected by the giant social media company’s choice of country.Read: Zimbabwean Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa Announced as Netflix Board of DirectorAccording to BBC News, Twitter found Ghana to be an appropriate and convenient option for their Africa headquarters, citing that the country supports its growth goals on…

Interview: Fally Ipupa Continues His Legacy With ‘Tokooos II’

After a moment’s long view of his Paris studio, Fally Ipupa finally approaches the screen with a confident aura, filling the room with an energy that leaves me thinking: “He looks exactly like he sounds!” My mental image of Fally in a ’90s music video, thanks to my parents’ cassettes and CD tapes, immediately elapses as the all-white fit, button-down shirt, big glasses and bowler hat combo I had imagined is replaced by a sharply dressed dude wearing a warm smile and a baseball hat that he raises as he prompts me to begin.From the DJ mix at every family gathering…