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BLK JKS’ Latest Album  ‘Abantu/Before Humans’ is a Sonic Ode to Pan-Africanism

The South African alternative band, BLK JKS, has returned with its latest album Abantu/Before Humans. The nine-track album is a sonic ode to the continent of Africa that offers a soul-lifting and punk-electronic experience. Abantu/Before Humans comes after the wildly successful 2019 single “Harare” which saw its music video released in April of this year. Read: Listen to BLK JKS’ New Single Featuring Morena LerabaAbantu/Before Humans is a long and unapologetic poem that calls for the awakening of Africans to the atrocious ways of living under the capitalist labour force. “Harare” is a track which laments the unemployment plight of Lesotho…

Tanzanians Petition for Diamond Platnumz’s Disqualification from BET Awards

A number of Tanzanians have collectively endorsed a petition which they hope will have musician Diamond Platnumz disqualified from this year’s BET Awards. The Tanzanian artist, known for his distinct Bongo Flava sound, was recently nominated for a BET award alongside Nigeria’s Burna Boy and Wizkid in the Best International Act category. However, Tanzanians behind the petition want his nomination rescinded due to his close ties and public support for the late President John Magufuli. READ: #FreeErickKabendera Speaks Volumes about Tanzania’s Approach to Political DissidentsAccording to Music Africa, at least 18000 people have already signed the online platform. The petition was…

The Ongoing Rift Between African Immigrants and African Americans

Because Black people don’t exist as a monolith, relationships with each other are mostly defined by common experiences. Arguably, no communities within the Black diaspora have exhibited animosity between themselves than Africans and African Americans. To understand the friction between these communities is to closely examine white supremacy as a culprit. White supremacy is a system, or power structure, established to prioritise the feelings, interests, care, attention, and prosperity of White people even at the expense of other racial groups.Its role in colonisation, violent capture and forceful removal of native Africans from their homelands is well documented. In truth, a significant…

Nigerian Prophet And Televangelist TB Joshua Dies

On Sunday June 6, the world woke up to news of the passing of charismatic preacher and televangelist Temitope Balogun Joshua, better known as TB Joshua. The 57-year-old died, of unknown causes, a week before his 58th birthday. Joshua died on Saturday evening, June 5, shortly after concluding a sermon at his Lagos church, where his last words to the congregation were: “Watch and pray!”Joshua was the founder and leader of the The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, (SCOAN), a Christian megachurch which included the Emmanuel TV television station in Lagos, Nigeria. “God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home…

Nigeria Suspends Twitter After President Buhari’s Posts Were Removed

The government of Nigeria has suspended the operations of Twitter within the country, as was announced today by the The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
The decision comes two days after Twitter “removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists,” Reuters reports. The new statement, made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, could see the government preventing Nigerians from using Twitter all together. Below is the full statement from the Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture:
The Federal Government has suspended indefinitely the operations of the microblogging and social…

The 15 Best South African Songs of the Month (May)

Here are the South African songs and music videos that caught our attention this month.Focalistic x Mr JazziQ “GUPTA” (featuring Lady Du & Mellow and Sleazy)Amapiano heavy hitters Focalistic and Mr JazziQ finally released their long-awaited single “GUPTA”. This aspirational song comes after the recent release of Mr JazziQ’s album Party With The English and the success of Focalistic’s “Ke Star Remix”. Pitori Maradonna has been teasing the song on social media and performing it at shows around the country. “GUPTA” features buzzing amapiano vocalist Lady Du and production duo Mellow and Sleazy.K.O “K:HOVA”For his first single for the year, veteran…

British Fashion House Disastrously Attempts to Trademark ‘Yoruba’

In the latest episode of cultural appropriation, British fashion house, Timbuktu, has caused outrage after it was revealed that the company had filed to trademark the term “Yoruba” — a distinct Nigerian tribe — back in 2015 at the UK’s Intellectual Property Office. The revelation was made after Gbemisola Isimi, the founder of a cultural centre in London, attempted to trademark the phrase “Yoruba Stars” but was challenged by Timbuktu on the basis of similarity as they had already registered “Yoruba”. READ: 8 Recent Times Luxury Fashion Brands Used African Designs Without Including AfricansDescribing their surprise at Timbuktu’s attempt to trademark…

Africa Day Celebrations: Concerts Where You Can Turn Up

It’s the 58th anniversary of Africa Day! While the world has changed vastly over the past year, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the celebrations continue. An annual honouring and spotlighting of African history, heritage and talent, this year’s theme is “Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.” If you’re looking for a few events to tune into today where you can just turn up, here are three major concerts which feature a plethora of African talent including Davido, Yemi Alade, Azawi, Blxckie, Cleo Ice Queen and more. READ: Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: ‘We…

12 Songs That Make Us Extremely Proud To Be African

Africa Day, celebrated annually on May 25, was first established to mark the day on which the Organisation of African Unity (African Union) was founded 58 years ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The day, however, has evolved into one of deep reflection on the strides our continent has made, while also serving as a reminder to stay committed to our peace and unity goals, as well as finding solutions to the deep-seated challenges that continue to plague the continent. To celebrate #AfricaDay in song, we asked 12 of our contributors to each share a song, by an African artist, that makes…

Opinion: In Polyandry Lies the Power of Choice

Earlier this month, the South African government released a Green Paper, a policy discussion paper open for public comment, that seeks to amend the current Marriage Act. The Green Paper proposes the legal recognition of polyandry, defined as the act of women having more than one husband. Presently, only polygyny is recognised under the law, as is the case in numerous other African countries across the continent.And while polyandry is practised in certain parts of Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Kenya, the mere mention of it has sparked controversy and debate among many South Africans. Admittedly, some of it has been rather amusing…