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South African Network Service Providers Have 14 Days to Respond to #DataMustFall Demands

South African advocacy organization Right2Know held protests outside the headquarters of network providers Telkom, Vodacom, Cell C and MTN yesterday.

South African advocacy organization Right2Know held protests outside the headquarters of network providers Telkom, Vodacom, Cell C and MTN yesterday.

The organization was demanding a decrease to data prices in the country, which are relatively higher than most of other countries in the continent.

They gave the service providers 14 days to respond to demands including free SMSes, data that doesn't expire and affordable data and airtime.

EWN reports that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) supports Right2Know’s demonstration as all South Africans should have the right to affordable means of communication.

“It’s a source of learning, of knowledge, of talking to each other and it’s become a part of life and it’s wrong that it is exploited by private companies simply to make huge profits,” the union’s Patrick Craven was quoted as saying by EWN.  

As usual, South Africans weighed in on the issue on Twitter, not without a touch of humor.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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