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Boston-based, Zimbabwean music from Chashe Musarurwa on her debut LP 'Dhi' (produced by multi-instrumentalist Sam McTaggart).


Boston-based Zimbabwean singer/songwriter Chashe Musarurwa has thought a lot about love. Her debut album Dhi, produced by multi-instrumentalist Sam McTaggart, considers, among other things, how love can be all consuming to the point of irrationality (as in title track "Dhi"), how it can add zest to the occasionally mundane business of living ("Golden") and how it can nestle unrequited ("Must Be Crazy"). You won’t find too many people complaining though; it all makes for some delightful afro-pop grooves.

A graduate from the songwriting programme at Berklee University in Massachusetts, she says her childhood in Harare was soundtracked by Oliver Mtukudzi, Bob Marley, Brenda Fassie and Destiny’s Child. “What I gravitate to now is a real mix of things” she adds, “and what all these artists have in common is the ability to get a crowd dancing 'til they drop, as well to provoke thought and awareness about important social issues”.

Download Dhi for free and peep the video for her second single ‘Azonto’ below.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.