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The Soweto Gospel Choir Takes Home the Award for 'Best World Music Album' at the 2019 Grammys

This is the South African group's third Grammy win.

The Recording Academy has already begun to dish out this year's trophies for the 61st Grammy Awards. Our eyes were set on who out of the four African musicians would snag the award for "Best World Music Album"โ€”and the winner is South Africa's very own Soweto Gospel Choir for their album, Freedom.


The group has been nominated for a Grammy five times, as this win is the group's third. Their two previous wins were back in 2007 and 2008, where they won the award for "Best Traditional World Music Album" both years. The choir was among a strong group of nominees, including Seun Kuti and Fatoumata Diawaraโ€”who performed at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony earlier today, as musician and guitarist Bombinoโ€”the first Nigerien artist to be nominated for an award.

The Soweto Gospel Choir recently joined Beyoncรฉ in her Zulu rendition of "Halo" at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 concert back in Decemberโ€”revisit their take on the song performed on eNCA below.

Soweto Gospel Choir and Mzansi Youth Choir perform Halo. youtu.be

South Africans have also taken to Twitter to give the group their due congrats.





Stay tuned for more relevant coverage around the 2019 Grammys here on OkayAfrica.

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads โ€” things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's โ€” many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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