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Manana Named Apple Music's New Artist Spotlight for January

Manana Named Apple Music's New Artist Spotlight for January

Apple Music's 'New Artist Spotlight' highlights African R&B artist, Manana, this month following the recent release of his 'In the Beginning was the End' EP.

Young South African R&B artist Manana has recently been spotlighted by Apple Music as an up-and-coming artist to watch this month, reports Music in Africa. The highly acclaimed and monthly "New Artist Spotlight" series by the streaming platform selected Manana following the release of his In the Beginning was the End EP. The project has reportedly been met with critical praise. The 26-year-old artist, whose full name is Ndumiso Manana, shared the news of Apple Music's selection with fans on social media.


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According to Music in Africa, Manana shared his response in an official public statement,

"I'm both excited and humbled by this opportunity," Manana said. "To be chosen for the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight campaign is a huge honour and I can't thank Apple enough. I've been inspired by artists who have featured in this campaign and to become a part of this family is inspiring."

In the Beginning was the End is a seven-track EP that is inspired by Manana's marriage, this according to Hype Magazine. The heart-wrenching songs intertwine modern themes of shame culture and masculinity. "Sunday morning" featuring South Africa's R&B songstress Rowlene recently featured on Apple Music's Top 100 tracks of 2020. "All I seek" is a distilled song with classical leanings which show off Manana's vocal range and lyrical skill.

Manana was born in eSwatini and has grown to prominence on South Africa's music scene. A musical interloper, he has written songs for Ami Faku for "eBhayi", Amanda Black for "Africa" and Sauti Sol for "Feel My Love and Fire". Manana has a jazz background and is part of the band Seba Kaapstad alongside Zoë Modiga.

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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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