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The 2020 edition of Coachella has been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Coachella Organisers Postpone Music Festival Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The 2020 edition of the music festival, which is set to host a number of African talents, has been postponed to October due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The 2020 edition of Coachella has officially been postponed amid growing health concerns due to the recent coronavirus outbreak.

The popular music festival, which was slated to kickoff over two consecutive weekend in April, has now been moved to October according to reports by npr.


Public health officer for Riverside County, California, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, is reported to have ordered the cancellation of the festival along with country music festival Stagecoach, saying that, "This decision was not taken lightly or without consideration of many factors." Dr Kaiser added that, "No doubt it will impact many people, but my top priority is to protect the health of the entire community."

A host of African talents including DJ Black Coffee, Princess Nokia, Seun Kuti, Sampa the Great and several others, were set to hit the stage at was is arguably the biggest music festival of the year. Headliners include American rock band Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean.

The rise in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world will continue to result in the postponement or cancellation of any events set to draw in large crowds.

Last week, the NBA postponed the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) which was set to kick off this month, again due to health concerns around the coronavirus outbreak.

While the global number of coronavirus cases has risen to 115 000 with over 4000 deaths. Read about the 10 African countries affected by the outbreak thus far as well as our opinion piece on how the West's response to Africa's low coronavirus presence is exposing their dangerous obsession with stereotypes about the continent.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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