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Unmarried Couples In Burundi Are Being Ordered to Wed Before the End of The Year

The Burundian government claims that the policy will help protect women and children. But many are giving them the side-eye.

The Burundian government strikes again.

Unmarried couples in the country are being required to legalize their unions through church or state institutions by the end of 2017, repots Al Jazeera.


President Pierre Nkurunziza signed the order back in May, claiming that this measure would help protect women and children, specifically when it comes to possessing the legal documents for inheritance, and promote good morals. Many doubt that the government's actions are genuine, and have pointed out that the policy infringes upon people's religious and sexual freedoms.

This isn't the firs time the government of Burundi has made an odd decision concerning the rights of its citizens. Last week, women were banned from taking part in Burundi's famous drumming ritual.

For more on the subject, check out the video below, via Al Jazeera.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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