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The Zulu Nation’s 200th Anniversary Celebration in 20 Powerful Images

Photos from inside Moses Mabhida Stadium at the annual King Shaka Day celebration in Durban, South Africa

Last Saturday, tens of thousands of Zulus from all throughout South Africa filled up Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban for the annual King Shaka Day (Umkhosi WeLembe) celebration.


This year’s commemoration marked 200 years since King Shaka founded the Zulu kingdom and 45 years since King Goodwill Zwelithini, reigning King of the Zulu nation, ascended to the throne. It was also the first time the event has been held in Durban, having previously taken place in KwaDukuza on the North Coast, where King Shaka was buried in 1828 at the age of 41.

In the series of photos below, Durban-based journalist and photographer Samora Chapman turns his lens on the Shembe Church community inside the King Shaka Day celebration at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

Photo by Samora Chapman.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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