Popular
Michael Steele/Getty Images

Burkina Faso has Bagged its First Ever Medal at the World Athletics Championships

Triple jumper Fabrice Zango took home the bronze and set an African record in Doha, Qatar.

The seventeenth edition of the World Athletics Championships, which are organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), kicked off last week Friday in Doha, Qatar. The international sporting event features an array of track and field competitive sports including athletics, high jump, triple jump, discus throwing, shot put and several others. Fabrice Zango, a triple jumper from Burkina Faso, set an African record of 17.66m and took home the bronze medal—the first ever medal from the World Athletics Championships for the West African country, the BBC reports.


Just earlier this year, Zango set an African record of 17.58m for triple jumping at the Indoor Meeting de Paris. The 2018 African Champion in the men's triple jump, Zango attributes his successes to training with the former World Indoor and Outdoor Champion, Teddy Tamgho of France. Speaking about his win, Zango said that, "Finally Burkina Faso enters into world athletics." He added that, "I hope many medals will follow. They are celebrating now in Burkina Faso and I can only imagine how it will be when I get there."

Zango competed with Christian Taylor, a four-time World Championship winner and his fellow American rival, Will Claye. Taylor took home the gold medal with a distance of 17.92m (his season best) while Claye followed closely in second place with a distance of 17.74m.

Interview
Photo: Schure Media Group/Roc Nation

Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

[Op-Ed] Speeka: “‘Dankie San’ brought me closer to kasi rap”

A personal reflection on one of South Africa's most influential hip-hop albums, 'Dankie San' by PRO.