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African Animals: The Economist Gets Lazy, Leo DiCaprio Gets Busy


The Economist, one of Africa's longtime patronizers (just last week they disturbingly referred to Botswana as "Africa's Golden Boy"), posted a slide show of zoo animals with a single sentence: "During the war in Libya, the animals of Tripoli's zoo suffered along with the rest of the city's residents." Take a look for yourself, but we kinda think that these animals look no different than caged up zoo animals all over the world. Are we missing something? What exactly is the story?

The real scoop on Tripoli's zoo animals and rescue efforts can be found in this New York Times article. As for those who are concerned about animals that roam free on the continent, but still risk traumatization from poachers, don't fear because apparently Leonardo DiCaprio is on his way to protect them. DiCaprio is stepping up as a global ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare's "Elephants Never Forget" campaign. This initiative will raise awareness of the illegal trade of elephant ivory.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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Watch YoungstaCPT's New Music Video for 'Kleurling'

YoungstaCPT explores, with great profundity, the complexity of Coloured identity and culture in his latest music video for 'Kleurling'.