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Film: Didier Drogba & The Ivorian Civil War On 'Football Rebels'

Watch the first documentary from Aljazeera's Football Rebels series on Didier Drogba and the Ivorian civil war.


Ivorian footballer Didier Drogba, a Chelsea FC legend and all-around world class striker, is the subject of the first episode of Aljazeera's Football Rebels — a five-part documentary series hosted by Eric Cantona (you remember) on "five football heroes whose social consciences led them to use their fame and influence to challenge unjust regimes, join opposition movements and lead the fight for democracy and human rights in their countries." The 25-minute documentary follows Didier (and his father) back home, where he speaks on being Bété, helping the Ivory Coast team qualify for the 2006 world cup and challenging President Gbagbo to end the civil war. Watch the full Football Rebels video featuring Didier Drogba below.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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Interview: Sango's ‘Da Rocinha 4’ Is a Polished & Grinding Take On Baile Funk

We speak with the Seattle-based DJ and producer about his new album and the music bridges connecting Brazil, the US and the world.