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Mugabe Not Dying, Just On 'Vacation' In Singapore


In the last few years, following a wikileaks exposé that hinted he was suffering from prostate cancer, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (88) has been dogged by rumours of ill-health and impending death. Most recently a report by an online newspaper, The Zimbabwe Mail, which rapidly spread across the newswires, alleged that the embattled leader was on his death bed in Singapore, fighting for his life.

Since the news broke, the president’s men have been caught doing their best impersonation of American writer, Mark Twain, by claiming that reports of the octogenarian’s death have been greatly exaggerated. “Some sick and malicious people are spreading false stories about him being seriously ill while others are saying he is dead or dying out there” an unnamed official is said to have told papers in Zimbabwe.

It is difficult to establish where the truth lies.

Beginning in 2000, through the introduction of a series of draconian media legislation, the government in Zimbabwe has severely constricted the flow of information. Countrywide there is only one state-owned TV channel and four state-controlled radio stations. They are a few independent newspapers but the space in which they operate is harshly regulated by the state.

Still, word from the troubled country is that feared hardliner Emerson Mnangagwa (65, above) – known as the crocodile (Ngwena in Shona, Zimbabwe’s most spoken language) – is poised to take over should Mugabe’s health problems persist; but, as reggae prophet Bob Marley said; only time will tell.

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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