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Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales Are Coming Soon on Vinyl

Experience these timeless African folktales read by a star-studded cast featuring Don Cheadle, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L Jackson and more.

The audiobook, Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is coming out this September on vinyl from Wax Audio Group.

The audiobook features folktales that were hand-selected by Nelson Mandela from more than ten African countries in different regions. Stories include "The Lion the Hare and the Hyena" (Kenya), "The Wolf Queen" (South Africa), and "The Snake Chief" (Gabon), and "Mpipidi and the Motlopi Tree" (Botswana).

The book is directed by Alfre Woodard, and readers include Don Cheadle, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L Jackson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Jackman, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Debra Messing, Parminder Nagra, Jurnee Smollett, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker. The book also features original music by Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela, and a special message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

"It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller may never die in Africa, that all the children of the world may experience the wonder of books," Mandela said in the original foreword to the folktales. The vinyl celebrates Mandela's legacy by engaging his favorite stories in new ways.

Find out more about the stories here. You can pre-order a copy here.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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