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Young Fathers To Headline Malawi's Lake Of Stars Festival

Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers are set to headline the 2015 Lake Of Stars festival in Mangochi, Malawi.


Young Fathers Red Bull Corner To Corner in Soweto (Photo: Sims Phakisi)

After heading out on their first ever South African tour last month, 2014 Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers are now set to return to the Continent in September for Lake Of Stars in Malawi. The three-day, three-stage festival, which began in 2003, is set to go down September 25-27 at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi. We're still waiting for a full lineup, but so far other confirmed artists include Naija's Ric Hassani ("Dance Dance Baby Dance"), and Malawi's Gwamba, Danny Kalima, and George Kalukusha.

Artists interested in performing at this year's festival can apply by downloading an application form here and sending it to talent@lakeofstars.org by April 24th.

Tickets for those located on the continent are available for purchase here, and for the rest of the world here. Keep up with the festival on Twitter and Facebook, and stay tuned for more on YF soon. The group's sophomore album, White Men Are Black Men Too, is due out April 7 on Big Dada. For more, listen to their most recent singles "Shame" and "Rain Or Shine," and watch them catch up with Okayafrica TV down in Austin, Texas, for SXSW 2014 below.

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It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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