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Video: What's Up Africa, Kenyatta & Ruto Love Affair

Check out the latest episode of African political satire and sketch comedy series "What's Up Africa" hosted by Ikenna Azuike.


In this episode of What's Up Africa, Ikenna Azuike hones in on the budding romance between Kenyan Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and running mate William Ruto. He also reminds us of how terrible Malawian President Joyce Banda is for irresponsibly cutting the government's expenses by selling the Presidential Jet and government envoy vehicles. As Ikenna notes, "how dare she? The Presidential jet is cool!" Oh, we hope you're catching the sarcasm

With Kenya's Election coming up and today's first ever presidential debate, Ikenna reminds us that there are still a number of questions surrounding Kenyatta and Ruto, particularly as they face ICC charges. As the episode juxtaposes the leadership of Kenyatta/Ruto to Joyce Banda, it does so while eliciting a few chuckles and necessary insight to Joyce Banda's brave agenda to hold herself accountable to her fellow Malawians. Be sure to check out the webisode as it also features Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi's recent performance in NYC!

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Interview: Sango's ‘Da Rocinha 4’ Is a Polished & Grinding Take On Baile Funk

We speak with the Seattle-based DJ and producer about his new album and the music bridges connecting Brazil, the US and the world.

It's a common joke in Brazil: once three or more Brazilian people gather together, they will start a WhatsApp group. The producer and DJ Kai Wright, who goes by the alias Sango, is well aware of that. While he is giving this interview through a Zoom call, a sound notification pops from his computer. "Do you hear that?" he says, amidst laughs. "It's WhatsApp, this album was made through WhatsApp groups."

Once and for all, Sango is not Brazilian. "I am an ambassador for that sound, but I am a Black American," he says. "That sound" is baile funk, the most prominent Brazilian electronic and popular music of the past decades. Born in Michigan and based in Seattle, Sango became a beacon for a new strain of baile funk around 2012, when he released the album Da Rocinha—a suite that he revisits in his new release, Da Rocinha 4.

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