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George Weah's Son Scores Hat-trick for the US at U-17 World Cup

It prompts the question: if his dad becomes President of Liberia as he's likely to do, will Timothy Weah switch to playing for Liberia?

With his father, former AC Milan striker George Weah, set to run in the second round of the Liberian presidential election, Timothy Weah is proving himself worth of the Weah family name by excelling on the field at the under 17 World Cup. But the likely first-son of Liberia is not playing for his father's country—he's playing for the USA.

Born in New York City in 2000, the 17 year old American national has been signed to Paris Saint-Germain and with his incredible showing at this year's tournament is probably aiming for the club's first team.

According to the BBC

His second strike in particular, a brilliant curling effort from the edge box into the top corner, was reminiscent of his father - who scored a memorable solo goal for Milan against Verona in 1996.

Timothy Weah's father meanwhile, the 1995 Ballon d'Or winner an FIFA player of the year, is leading in Liberia's presidential first round. As of yesterday he was leading the pack of 20 candidates with 39 percent of the count and Liberia's current Vice President Joseph Boakai with 29 percent. As of yesterday, fewer that 5 percent of the country's polling stations had reported. A candidate must get over 50 percent of the total vote to win the presidency on the first round. With that looking unlikely a second round has been declared for November 7th.

If George Weah wins the Liberian election there are a lot of urgent issues he'll have to deal—the biggest one perhaps being the state of the country's various infrastructure networks as illustrated by a comment from his son yesterday.

As reported by ESPN, when Timothy Weah was asked whether his dad has heard the good news about his game he said:

"There isn't a lot of connectivity in Liberia so I couldn't text my father. I texted my mom. She told me to get down on my knees and thank God for scoring a hat trick and now focus on my next game."

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The ‘Coming 2 America’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack & ‘The Rhythm Of Zamunda’ Are Out Now

Featuring Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Larry Gaaga, Alpha P, Davido and many more.

It has been more than 30 years since the premiere of the beloved classic comedy Coming to America. Its highly anticipated sequel promises to be greater than its predecessor. The film will be accompanied with two albums—Coming 2 America original motion picture soundtrack and Rhythms of Zamunda, whose tracklist is inspired by the movie. Both albums, which are currently available on all major streaming platforms, feature African music royalty Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Larry Gaaga and Alpha P, who joined a select group of artists from around the continent to produce these tracklists.

Still blazing charts after the success of his debut album Old Romance, Tekno has a growing list of impressive collaborations with artists like Davido, Drake, Beyonce, to name a few. The singer does not have not one, but two of his hit songs featured; "Waka Waka" is featured on the official soundtrack and "Skeletun" on Rhythms of Zamunda.

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Thebe Magugu's AW21 Collection 'Alchemy' Is An Exploration of African Spirituality

Magugu collaborated with Kristin-Lee Moolman to create a '70s-style B movie called Banyoloyi A Bosigo

South African fashion designer Thebe Magugu has released his AW21 collection, Alchemy, and it is beautiful. For his latest collection, the 2019 LVMP prize winner introduced a redefinition of his previous work, Counter Intelligent, featuring embroidered chiffon dresses, pink blazers and cinched waist belts.

For the new collection, Thebe Magugu collaborated with the photographer Kristin-Lee Moolman to create a 1970s-style B movie called Banyoloyi A Bosigo. The short film, which is written, directed and photographed by Moolman, shows the power play between two rival girl gangs named the "ultimate midnite angels" who speak Zulu and Setswana.

The short film begins at the river with an initiation rite, then the sending out of the initiated woman to become a spy. There's also a love affair between two women of rival tribes that warrants a capture. Each scene of the movie introduces the fits to the collection as well as exhibiting the fluidity of the outfits.

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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