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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Win Their 5th Grammy Award, But There’s a Small Problem

They won for their album Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration.

The South African isicathamiya group, which gets a nomination almost every year, bagged their fifth Grammy award last night.


The group won under the Best World Music Album category for their album Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration.

This is really great. Black Mambazo are legendary, and the group has gone through two generations of members. They deserve all the good shit. But it's 2018, can we do away with the World Music label? The Grammy committee should, by now, know better than to wholesale categorize all music from outside the US under one umbrella genre.

And while, it's great for the acappella group to keep bagging Grammys, it shows just how little research goes behind music from other continents.

For instance, Afrobeats is the most visible and popular African genre at the moment, and it travels worldwide–especially to the US and the UK. So the genre not being recognized says a lot about the Grammys.

Listen to Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration below and download it here.

Read: The Grammys Don't Care About African People (Yeezy Voice)

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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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