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You Need to Hear This South African Version of 'Maradona’

Listen to Eternal's version of Niniola's hit "Maradona" featuring Amanda Faku.

South African producer and artist Eternal's cover of Nigerian singer Niniola's hit single "Maradona" has gone viral.


The cover features Eastern Cape born vocalist Amanda Faku, who was a contestant on The Voice SA last year. She sings her vocals in IsiXhosa.

The song peaked at number 1 on the Top 40 charts on one of South Africa's biggest radio stations Metro FM.

The cover has a broader bassline, and has a South African house flavor.

"When I first heard Niniola's 'Maradona,'" says Eternal, who is currently signed to the indie label Vth Season, "I fell in love with the instrumentation immediately. It's been an exciting process recreating the sound. Thank you to Amanda Faku who did a great job on the Xhosa vocals, and thank you to Raphael Benza and the team at Vth Season for helping me execute my vision to perfection."

Listen to the cover below.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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