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Get to Know The Marockos, Botswana's Hardcore Metal Heads

Get familiar with Botswana's metal heads, The Marockos.

Yes, black metal heads do exist, and they exist in places as far and wide as Botswana.

The Marockos are the heavy metal group shaking up Botswana's underground scene with their love for all things loud, black and hardcore.

Botswana's metal scene isn't new either, the subculture started back in the 80s following the emergence of classic rock in the 70s.

The Marockos are one of the bands representing the new wave of metal in the country.

OkayAfrica got a chance to meet up with the band in their hometown of Molepolole to learn more about their movement. In a new video, the crew show off some of their toughest looks and dispel myths about metal culture. Check it out below.

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Videographer/Editor: Shatho Tibane

Producer: Chika Okoli

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10 Black Metal Bands You Should Check Out

And, yes, we're aware of the double meaning here.

It would be an understatement to say that metal can be overwhelmingly white. After all, a quick google search for "black metal bands" bring more results for the Scandinavian-born sub-genre of metal than for bands featuring black members. A common misconception is that black people don't like metal music, hence the fact that they are not there. That's of course untrue. If anything, this list is here to prove it.

Read ahead for 10 black metal bands you should check out.

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Watch Burna Boy's New Music Video for 'Omo'

Burna takes things to the "Giant Club" in this new music video for one of the standout tracks from African Giant.

Burna Boy comes through with the new music video for "Omo," one of the standout tracks from his stellar album African Giant.

The afro-house indebted tune, which was produced by Mr Kleb Beatz, gets an appropriately nighttime music video that follows Burna to a "Giant Club" and a peep show booth, among other locations.

"Omo" is the latest in a long string of outstanding singles from African Giant that have gotten the video treatment, following the likes of "Gum Body," "Killin Dem," "Dangote," "Another Story" and more.

"Oh I'm not done yet!! OMO video out now on all platforms," Burna Boy wrote on Instagram.

Watch Burna Boy Play a Live Rendition of "Anybody" For 'okay acoustics'

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Miss South Africa Wants Men to Write Love Letters to Women to Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Unfortunately, there's nothing stopping abusive men from writing these love letters too.

South Africa's newly crowned Miss SA Zozibini "Zozi" Tunzi has launched a "HeForShe" campaign which aims to tackle the alarming rates of femicide and gender-based violence in the country. The campaign, which is in partnership with the South African arm of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), wants South African men to step up and join the collective fight against abuse. However, the campaign has been criticized by many because of the way in which it wants men to step—by writing love letters to women. The campaign has divided South Africans, particularly those on social media.

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Former Gambian Beauty Queen Fatou Jallow's Movement Against Sexual Assault Gains Traction

After publicly accusing former President Yahya Jammeh of rape, young women under the #IamToufah banner are standing against sexual assault in the country.

A few months ago, former Gambian beauty queen Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow publicly accused former President Yahya Jammeh of rape. The 23-year-old alleged that Jammeh had raped her following her refusal of his marriage proposal during his time in office back in 2015. Under the leadership of current President Adama Barrow, The Gambian government established the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) which is now investigating human rights violations during Jammeh's tenure. Jallow, who is testifying at the commission, has spurred a movement where young women are taking a stand against sexual assault in the country under the #IamToufah banner.

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