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The Stories You Need To Know: South African Jazz Legend Dies, China To Set Up Military Base In Djibouti, And More

South African jazz legend Ray Phiri dies of lung cancer at 70, and other stories from the continent.

SOUTH AFRICA–Jazz legend Ray Phiri has died at 70. The musician was suffering from lung cancer and had been recently admitted to hospital. Read the full story here.


DJIBOUTI–China will set up Beijing’s first overseas military base in Djibouti. China says the support base will be used for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and West Asia. Read the full story here.

ZIMBABWE–Leader of the official opposition party Movement for Democratic Change Morgan Tsvangirai has called for the whole of southern Africa to protest for electoral reform in Zimbabwe ahead of the 2018 elections. Read the full story here.

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#BuyBlack: 25 Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out on Black Friday

Our 2017 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

This is our first gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the Okayafrica Shop.

It's yet another year when America officially begins the holiday season on Thanksgiving tomorrow—a "celebration" that, for most folks, is a great day to spend time with family and to eat your fill.

For those that venture into the mission that is Black Friday shopping (kudos to you), it may be worth taking that moment to put your money where your mouth is and spend your coins on black-owned businesses.

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Kommanda Obbs Favors ‘the African Dream’ Over Western Standards On His New Single ‘Mabelebele’

Listen to Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single.

The music on renowned Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single "Mabelebele" is largely inspired kwaito. For his vocals, the rapper opts for a more melodic style on the track.

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The Black Indie Artist You Need to Listen to This Month: Vagabon

Vagabon is special.

This new series will feature the most exciting independent and alternative artists from Africa and its diaspora. Black artists are complex and multidisciplinary. Twice a month, we'll introduce the hottest, boldest musicians out there that you need to listen to.

Special people have the hardest time. They see so much, are aware of so much. And indeed, Vagabon is special.

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