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Ami Faku's 'Ubuhle Bakho' Certified Platinum

Ami Faku continues to reach new heights with her debut album 'Imali'.

Ami Faku recently rocked social media with news that "Ubuhle Bakho" has reached platinum status. The star tweeted a glowing image of herself with the framed platinum disc and a caption thanking her followers. "Ubuhle Bakho" is originally dedicated to good men, a positive message in a time when gender-based violence is on the rise during the lockdown. The single raked over one million views on Youtube and also saw a popular jazz remake. This is another milestone in a string of accolades for Imali after it bagged three SAMAs earlier in the year.


Watch: Ami Faku Evokes Visceral Emotions in New Music Video for 'Imali'

The latest news comes on the heels of the recent release of the visceral "Imali" music video featuring Blaq Diamond. Faku's defiant stance visually captures the hardships faced by everyday people in South Africa, particularly by Black people, as the economic landscape favours rich white South Africans.

Faku has made, and continues to make, strong social commentary on the barriers to breaking out in the music industry and so the platinum status of "Ubuhle Bakho" is a welcomed celebration. Living while Black and catching a break is a theme she continuously revisits in her songs, and which also explains her own down to earth demeanour.

Taking to Twitter, she thanked her 70 000 followers and received sweeping emotional responses as a result.

The gold-certified songstress has undeniably gone from success to success since Imali was released. She has dominated international streaming charts and scored the top spot on Deezer as the most streamed South African woman artist. Her upcoming music video with Amanda Black for "Khumbula" is reportedly set to be released at the end of this week.

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With his latest photo series, 'Impilo ka Darkie', South African photographer Toka Hlongwane offers an imperfect but compelling insight into the lives of the people he has encountered through his travels.

Toka Hlongwane is a Johannesburg-based documentary photographer whose work often casts a lens on society's underclass. His most recent photo series, Impilo ka Darkie, shot over five years, is Hlongwane's attempt to answer two questions: what does it mean to be Black? And, above that, what is the measure of Black life?

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South African amapiano artist, Kamo Mphela, has been a major talking point on social media recently after one fan on social media compared her to the late kwaito artist, Lebo Mathosa. While the debate focused on whether the comparison had any merit to it (as is often the case in comparisons between new wave and veteran artists), what is undeniable is the talent of both women. Twenty-one-year-old Mphela, who released her Nkulunkulu EP last week, delivered a vibrant project which deserves to be acknowledged beyond conversations that unwittingly take away from her own journey as an upcoming artist.

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Mozambique's Political Unrest: Where Things Stand

Fears continue to be on the rise as more attacks by militants are anticipated in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.

On March 24th, militants stormed Palma—a gas-rich city in Mozambique—as part of an ongoing insurgency in the country dating back to 2017. Dozens of civilians have been killed although an official death toll has not been declared as of yet. Currently, at least 8000 more have been left displaced, fleeing to other parts of the country and attempting to seek asylum in Tanzania. This is believed to be the worst attacks carried out by the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, to date.
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Former Burkinabe President Charged with Thomas Sankara's Murder

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