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Customers Can Now Return their Copy of Bonang’s Error-Ridden Book For a Full Refund

Bonang Matheba's book is a disaster, and Exclusive Books is offering a refund to dissatisfied customers.

SOUTH AFRICA–South African media personality Bonang Matheba’s recently released memoir, From A To B, faced a lot of criticism on South African Twitter last week.


Tweeps were posting screenshots of pages from the book and pointing examples of poor editing in the form of typos and grammatical errors.

Exclusive Books, the bookstore chain that stocked the book has since made an announcement that customers who had bought the book and were dissatisfied could return it for a full refund. 

The store, in the statement, states that the book’s publisher BlackBird Books is currently re-editing the book which could be re-stocked.

Thabios Mahlape, the publisher of BlackBird Books took full responsibility for the blunder. “I take full responsibility for what happened. The last thing I want is for black people to be accused of mediocrity and I should do better. It's on me as the publisher. I ought to have done better,” she told TimesLIVE last week.

Read Exclusive Books’s full statement below:

 

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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