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This Forgotten Legend Of Afro-Colombian Music Is Releasing His First Album At 95

After writing some of Colombia's biggest hits, without recognition, Afro-Colombian musician, Magín Díaz, is releasing his very first album at the age of 95.

If you're into Colombian music, Magín Díaz is a name that you should know, but probably don't. The unheralded Afro-Colombian musician is responsible for some of Colombia's biggest bullerengue hits from the past 80 years, but has gone largely unrecognized.


Many of Díaz's songs were claimed, re-recorded and spread to the masses by popular white musicians. Sound familiar? (see Elvis Presley)

Díaz faced many hardships due to this lack of acknowledgment. He shared his story a few months back in an interview with AJ+.

Despite the challenges he's faced, the musician, now 95, has not given up on the music. He's readying the release of his debut album, Orisha de la Rosa, which will be released this year. A crowdfunding page has been set up in support of the album.

Even in his old age, Díaz remains dedicated to composing, and he's finally gaining some of the credit he deserves.  I'd say "better late than never," but his recognition shouldn't have come this late in the first place.

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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How Beauty Boy, Enioluwa Adeoluwa, Is Shattering the Expectations of Masculinity In Nigeria

Affectionately known as Lipgloss Boy, Enioluwa has become one of the most popular influencers in Nigeria — and he's done so without conforming to the notions of masculinity or imposed limitations on what a man should be able to do.