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Botswana Transgender Woman Wins Case to be Recognized as Female

"Homosexual acts" are still illegal in Botswana, so this is a huge victory for the LGBTI community in the country.

A transgender woman, by the name Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, has won a legal battle against the country's conservative government to be recognized as female, Reuters reports.


Kgositau is the executive director of Gender Dynamix, a South African-based organization that advocates for the human rights of queer people. She had sued the government for refusing to change the gender on her identity document from male to female.

"Homosexual acts" are still illegal in Botswana, so when Justice Leatile Dambe ordered that Kgositau's gender be changed to female as she desired on Tuesday, in the national registry within seven days, it was a huge victory for the LGBT community.

Kgositau is said to have told the court that she has identified as a woman since a young age, and being refered to as male on her identity document caused her emotional distress and increased her vulnerability to abuse and violence.

LGBTI people, just like in most African countries, still faces a lot of resistance in Botswana. We have a long way to go.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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