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Cyclone Kenneth Could Be the Second Damaging Storm To Hit Mozambique In Over a Month

Tanzanian authorities have also warned those living along the southern coast to move to safer ground ahead of the storm.

Just shortly after Mozambique was ravaged with the devastating Cyclone Idai in March, the country has been warned of another destructive storm that's heading their way very soon.



Cyclone Kenneth is the next powerful storm that's expected to make landfall on Tanzania's southern coast and in northern Mozambique by Thursday afternoon, Reuters reports. The storm is also expected to hit Comoros Wednesday evening, where authorities have shut down airports and schools for at least 24 hours as a safety measure.

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The storm's strength is equivalent to a category three hurricane, with winds expecting to reach 194 kilometers per hour with winds up to 240 kilometers per hour. Flooding with an accumulation of 350 to over 600 millimeters of rain will hit the city of Quiterajo in the Cabo Delgado province in Northern Mozambique.

Tanzanian authorities have warned those living in the southern coastal regions of Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma to move to safer ground ahead of the storm, BBC adds.

If Kenneth lands in these parts of Mozambique, Comoros and Tanzania with its expected strength, it will be the strongest storm to hit the region in recorded history, Reuters adds.

Mozambique is still recovering from the aftermath of Idai, where the two-landfall storm left more than 1,000 dead and millions in need of aid. Revisit how you can help here.

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LGBT Community Dealt Major Blow as Transgender Cameroonians Imprisoned

The Cameroonian government has sentenced Shakiro and Mouthe "Patricia" Roland to five years in prison and fined them heavily for 'attempting homosexuality'.

The Cameroonian government has reportedly sentenced two transgender Cameroonians to five years in prison this past Tuesday. Shakiro (real name Njeukam Loic Midrel), a popular internet celebrity in Cameroon and her partner, Mouthe "Patricia" Roland, were charged with "attempting homosexuality and fined heavily with the possibility of added jail time should they fail to pay. The couple had already been imprisoned in the two months prior to their trial commencing at the Bonanjo Douala magistrate's court.
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Interview: Meet Issam, Morocco's New Trap Star

We talk to the rapper about pioneering a truly Moroccan trap sound and showing love to the overcrowded streets that made him.

Derb Sultan is one of the oldest and poorest neighborhoods in Casablanca, Morocco — a notorious district that would be described in the Franco-Arab world as 'populaires.' It's a place that is victim to industrialisation — overcrowded, and yet defined by there not being enough. A place where people survive despite the inequality, but most importantly where identity is forged.

A son of a carpenter, Issam was born in the heart of it all 28 years ago, into what he describes as a difficult childhood weighed down by sadness. His mother was diagnosed with bipolar the day he was placed into her arms. There is more than a trace of this hurt soaking into his trippy chords and woozy melodies. Here, Issam breaks through the heavy auto-tune to reveal a voice that isn't hiding, as he materialises with the serious poise of a man who has nothing to lose and all to give.

Issam's debut album Crystal follows his earlier releases, resplendent in Jodorowsky-like imagery and a zillion miles from the trap video tropes we are used to, his YouTube videos have garnered over 35 million views. It's these kinds of numbers, unheard of for a young North African artist, that led him to be courted by French labels. He eventually signed with the behemoth that is Universal/Def Jam.

Through this and a passionate fanbase, Issam quietly knows he's sitting on something special. His debut is the psychedelic world that his followers have been waiting for, an opportunity for an artist to sing in his own language and yet still make the big moves. More than just another trap record, it's an album that is heavy with hashish and the spray of the Atlantic when the breeze feels just right. Crystal is filled with mind-bending synths firing dazed synapses and songs, like motor-oil in pools of water, turning a myriad of colours and then simply vanishing. It's a record that soars with hope, that propels you to dance with your friends as much as it heeds a nameless warning. It's a love note to being alive. And you don't need to understand the words to feel that.

Issam finds himself here, certain and yet still bewildered. At times there is some of the anguish of a yearning tongue-twisting Marvin Gaye, his soul swirling as a spiraling counterpoint to his own lead vocal. Trapped and yet free, repping his hood whilst carried on vapours all the way to California.

Issam sits in his smoke-filled studio. He's thoughtful, as if he hasn't decided to switch the light on behind his eyes yet. It's too early for that maybe but he's still incredibly present. I tell him I love his record and then we begin.

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Slam Dunk as J. Cole Joins Rwanda's Patriots Basketball Club

J. Cole has reportedly signed with the Rwandan club team Patriots BBC and may hit the court as early as this Sunday.

American rapper J. Cole has recently signed with Rwandan basketball team, Patriots Basketball Club (Patriots BBC), according to ESPN's Marc J. Spear. News of the signing is reportedly set to be announced officially this Thursday with the team taking on the Nigeria River Hoopers the following Sunday. The game is part of the NBA's Basketball Africa League (BAL) which kicks off in Kigali, Rwanda on May, 16 after its inaugural season was postponed for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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South Africa's Loyiso Mkize Reveals Momentous DC Comics Debut

South African visual artist Loyiso Mkize has pencilled an episode for DC Comics' 'Batman: Urban Legends #4'.