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Freshlyground Announces North American Tour Dates

Freshlyground is coming to North America. At the end of June they will play their first major tour in the United States and Canada. The band, whose members come from across Southern Africa, have played all around the world, but are just starting to gain momentum in the United States. Their latest album, Radio Africa (2010), comes on the heels of global recognition for Nomvula (2004) with the hit “Doo Be Doo” that landed the band an MTV Award for Best African Act.


Ma’ Cheri (2007) was the album that continued the group’s prominence in the world, often lauded for its exciting live shows and as an example of an integrated band in post-Apartheid South Africa. Shakira collaborated with Freshlyground on the official anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” which they both performed at the pre-tournament concert in Soweto.

The band has announced 12 shows for their North American Tour.

June 24, Northampton, MA

June 25, New Haven, MA

June 26, New York City, NY

June 27, Boston, MA

June 28 and 30, Montreal, CA

June 30, Chicago, IL

July 2, Toronto, CA

July 6, Washington, DC

July 8, Quebec City, CA

July 9, S. Burlington, VT

July 10, Pasadena, CA
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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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