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Honeymoan Get Highlighted as Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight for March

Cape Town alternative pop band Honeymoan get highlighted by Apple Music after releasing their second EP 'Weirdo.'

This month, Apple Music's ongoing New Artist Spotlight series casts the spotlight on Honeymoan, a Cape Town-based four-piece band that makes alternative pop. The group, which consists of Alison Rachel (vocals), Skye MacInnes (guitar), Josh Berry (bass) and Kenan Tatt (drums), rounded off 2019 by selling out their first UK tour.


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"We're incredibly excited to be Apple Music's New Artist Spotlight for March. It means the world to us to be championed by Apple Music, whose playlist features and support have really benefited our musical careers to date," said the band in a press release from Apple Music.

Towards the end of February, Honeymoan released their second EP titled Weirdo. The project is a follow-up to their 2019 debut EP, Body. The group was formed in 2017 by members who were drawn from different South African bands (Sakawa Boys, Twin Weaver, Yndian Mynah) and their sound is inspired by psychedelia, indie and shoegaze, among other genres.

Weirdo is their first release on under the UK label, Communion Records which they recently signed with. Weirdo deals with the day-to-day struggles of the average 20-something who feels out of place in a fast-paced, modern world.

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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