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Cheick Sallah Cisse Wins Côte d'Ivoire’s First Olympic Gold Medal in an Epic Finish

The 22-year-old Taekwondo champion has captured his home country’s third medal overall.

With a mere second left, Cheick Sallah Cisse of Côte d'Ivoire delivered a gold-medal-winning reverse turning kick to the head of his British opponent Lutalo Muhammad in the men's 80kg division of Taekwondo in Rio, Friday.


It was an unexpected finish for Cisse who found himself in a stalemate with Muhammad after the first round, then tied in the second round and then down by two points with the time clock winding down until only seconds remained. That’s when the 22-year-old Ivorian pulled off an unimaginable upset over his British rival, 8 to 6—and captured the first gold medal for his home country.

It’s Côte d'Ivoire’s third Olympic medal overall as just an hour earlier Cisse’s compatriot Ruth Gbagbi won the second, a bronze in the women's under 67kg Taekwondo event.

Cisse expressed his joy by running a victory lap around the arena.

"I do not know where it came from, I want to thank God,” the new Olympic champion says. “The audience allowed me to be in my element, this is what I love. There were moments in the fight when it did not go well, but thanks to the audience I got out of that."

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B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

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Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

South African rapper Nasty C just released the visuals to "Allow," his collaboration with French Montana. The song is featured on Bad Hair Extensions, the re-release of Bad Hair, the Durban-born rapper's debut album.

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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