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Ethiopian Airlines is Celebrating International Women's Day With an All Female Crew

All points of control, from the cabin crew to the safety staff, were operated by women.

Ethiopian Airlines has undertaken one of its long-haul flights from Addis Ababa to Oslo and Stockholm today with an all-female crew to mark International Women's Day. This is not the first time that "the Lucys" have taken over the airline. However, it is an ongoing initiative that is aiming to keep gender equality as one of the airline's top priorities.


In 2015, Ethiopian Airlines made its first historic flight out of the continent from Addis Ababa to Bangkok, Thailand with an all-female crew. On a continent where gender inequality still thrives and girl children are not afforded the same opportunities as their male counterparts even from a young age, it is important, if not damn inspiring, to hear a woman's voice coming from the cockpit and announcing itself as the chief whip.

READ: Ethiopian Airlines Embarked Its First Flight to Buenos Aires with an All Women Crew

Speaking on today's flight, the airline's CEO Tewolde GabreMariam said:

"We are immensely honored that we have women trailblazers in every aspect of our aviation field. Women are an integral part of our success story from the start, and with this dedicated flight we honor and celebrate their indispensable contribution to our aviation group and the broader aviation industry, our country and the continent at large."

Aside from Ethiopian Airlines, Air Zimbabwe and Air India have also flown with all-female crews to highlight and promote gender equality in the aviation space.


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Listen to Wizkid's 'Made In Lagos' Interview with Apple Music

Wizkid speaks on Apple Music's 'The Zane Lowe Show' about artistic growth, being an old soul and working with Damian Marley and Ella Mai on his latest album, 'Made In Lagos'.

Wizkid has revealed deep insights in his latest interview on Apple Music's The Zane Lowe Show. The Afrobeats star reflects on the success of his latest album Made In Lagos which dropped in October of 2019. The interview with famed DJ and radio host Zane Lowe is a musical musing on collaborations, resilience, lessons learnt from the COVID-19 lockdown and artistic growth. The dialogue forecasts Wizkid's current music-making for a post-pandemic era.

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13 South African Artists To Look Out For In 2021

Here's a list of South African artists to watch in 2021. Featuring Kamo Mphela, Azana, Lucasraps, Joda Kgosi, Intaba Yase Dubai and more.

Because we keep our ears on the streets, every beginning of the year, we make our predictions of South African artists we feel will have a huge impact on the scene based on their activity from the previous year. Peep our predictions for 2020 here.

As tough as 2020 was, new artists put in the groundwork laying a solid foundation for what is likely to be a great 2021 for them. From Intaba YaseDubai, whose hook was a big contributor to the success of Big Zulu's "Imali Eningi", to popular dancer Kamo Mphela's fruitful forays into being a recording artist, new wave lyricist Lucasraps who's raking in thousands of plays on SoundCloud for his new age raps, we bring you 13 South African artists who are likely to make a big impact on the SA music scene this year.

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Hymphatic Thabs Proves His Pedigree on SOTRA Cyphers Appearance

Hymphatic Thabs' verse on SOTRA Cyphers proves the veteran South African emcee is still as sharp as he was 20 years ago when he released his debut album.

South African hip-hop legend Hymphatic Thabs stopped by SPeeKa's studio to deliver a freestyle on SOTRA Cyphers. SOTRA Cyphers is a series of cyphers curated by the Soweto-based producer SPeeKa at his R.E.A Studios in Soweto. SOTRA Cyphers is in its fourth year running and the 40th instalment, comprising three emcees, was released last week. Hymphatic Thabs' exclusive serves as the first exclusive instalment of the year.

Falling on the 21st of January, Hymphatic Thabs' appearance coincided with the 20th anniversary of his first album, Error Era, which was released in 2001. This fact made the appearance all the more meaningful. Before his verse starts, he makes mention of his latest album, called Centre of the Universe, released in 2019.

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