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These African Athletes Are Making Waves at the World Athletics Championships

Here are some of the standout African athletes competing in the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

The 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships are currently underway in London.


The biennial event sees top athletes from across the globe competing in a number of sports—most notably long and short distance running.

Team South Africa has had major success over the weekend and their winning streak is on track to continue. South African long jumper Luvo Manyonga became the world champion on Saturday when he landed an 8.48m leap. Fellow South African athlete, Rushawl Samaai earned the bronze medal.

All eyes are on world record holder Wayde van Niekerk as he goes for the world double in the 200m and 400m finals later this week.

Caster Semenya earned the bronze medal in the 1500m and she's expected to take the gold in the upcoming 800m finals.

Kenyan marathon-runner Geoffrey Kirui won gold in the men’s marathon on Monday, adding to his country's record as the most successful nation in the event. Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola came in second, while Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu earned the bronze.

Unfortunately, not all African athletes are faring quite as well. A food poisoning scare has forced several competitors, including Botswana's star sprinter, Isaac Makwala, to withdraw from the games. Makwala was considered Niekerk's biggest competitor.

Nigerian sprinters Yinka Ajayi, Patience Okon-George and Margaret Bamgbose all qualified for the women’s 400m semi-finals on Monday, but did not make it to the finals.

Senegal was noticeably absent from this year's games, despite being a home to some of the most well-trained athletes on the continent.

 

 

 

 

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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