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16 Year-Old Ebony Oshunrinde aka WondaGurl Crafts Beat for Jay-Z

16 Year-Old Candadian/Nigerian Ebony Oshunrinde aka WondaGurl makes beat for Jay Z's platinum-selling album Magna Carter Holy Grail


The internet is abuzz with news of the precocious 16-year old producer WondaGurl, who helped craft a beat that made it onto Jay Z's platinum-selling new album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail. The track "Crown," was created by the Nigerian-Canadian teen Ebony Oshunrinde who has been making beats since since she was 9 years-old.  At 14 she entered Toronto's Battle of the Beatmakers but was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Not to be deterred, she returned the following year when WondaGurl took first place.  Success followed success and was signed by Black Box. Apparently, when she sent a track to Houston rapper Travi$ Scott he replied a few days later with the words: "I'm about to change your life." Scott played the track to Jay-Z, and then came the phonecall "You are on Jay Z's album, congratulations."

Despite her prodigious success, Ebony's Nigerian mother Jozie Oshunrinde is adamant that she keep studying. After winning Battle of the Beatmakers WondaGurl said in an interview "I just make sure I get my credits cause I know if I don't, my mother will not be okay with that at all, and possibly take all my music stuff away..."

You'll want to follow this girl wonder: @WondaGurlBeats. Here she is talking about her experience:

* Wondagurl with her mother Jozie Oshunrinde

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The Senegalese judicial government has refused to release Chad's imprisoned ex-president Hissène Habré on the alleged basis of his health concerns.

The Senegalese judiciary has refused former Chad president Hissène Habré's request to be released from prison. Habré faces life imprisonment for crimes against humanity including rape, kidnapping, slavery and executions. The decision by the Senegalese judiciary comes after the 79-year-old former statesman's lawyers reportedly filed for his release on the basis of health concerns.

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