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Diamond, Brazil’s Baddest Teen Rap Trio, Return With a New Single

Diamond, formerly Pearls Negras, continue their outspoken criticism of Brazil’s government with the backdrop of the Olympic games.

We were first hooked on the high-octane sound of teenage rap trio Pearls Negras two years ago during Brazil’s World Cup, as the all-girl crew dropped unapologetic battle cries like “Guerreira.”


Now under the new name of Diamond, the trio of Alice, Jeni and Mari are continuing their outspoken criticism of Brazil’s government ahead another major sporting event: the Olympic games.

Diamond’s new single “Bad Girls” showcases their blend of baile funk, distorted electronics, and hip-hop beats, a style previously heard on their impressive Biggie Apple and Nossa Gang mixtapes.

Like their previous work, it sees the trio repping the sounds and concerns of favelas like Rio de Janeiro’s Vidigal, where the group hails from.

Stream Diamond’s new single “Bad Girls” below and revisit last year's "Meu Bem" video underneath to get reacquainted with the crew.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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