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Burundi's YouTube Child Star and Comedian 'Kacaman' Passed Away

The six-year-old became the latest victim of the country's malaria epidemic.

Burundi's six-year-old Kacaman, real name Darcy Irakoze, was a popular YouTube star and comedian known for his online skits and theater performances and performed with some of the biggest names in Burundi's comedy space. Kacaman was diagnosed with malaria last week Wednesday and unfortunately passed away the following day, according to the BBC.


Kacaman's YouTube videos, which saw him as an outspoken and opinionated character acting out various scenarios in his native language, had large numbers in terms of viewership and the child star looked set for a bright future in the comedy and performing arts space. Kacaman had worked with Burundian comedian Kigingi just a few days ago and was still scheduled for another performance with the seasoned performer.

The death of the six-year-old comedian has once again highlighted just how many Burundians have lost their lives to malaria this year alone. The World Health Organisation, more than 5 million people have been infected with malaria and 1800 have died since the beginning of this year. While the country's Minister of Health, Thaddée Ndikumana, has insisted that the reported figures are much lower, UNICEF reports that 2500 children die as a result of malaria on the continent every day.

Kacaman's death has undoubtedly sparked discussion on social media and many have expressed just how out of hand the malaria epidemic in Burundi, and broader Africa, has become.




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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

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Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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Busy Signal Drops New Video for '100%' Featuring Afro B

Premiere: The Jamaican dancehall star and afrowave artist partner up for a comical new song and video.

Busy Signal has teamed up with Afro B for a fiery song and hilarious video for their new track, "100%".

Born and bred in Jamaica, Busy Signal's signature dancehall-reggae sound with an electronic lean is always a refreshing twist. His sound mixed with "Drogba (Joanna)" star Afro B's smooth afrowave style makes this new track, well, 100% dope.

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