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Joseph "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) 47th and current Vice President of the United States since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party and was a United States Senator from Delaware from 1973 until 2009.

President Joe Biden Ends Trump's Muslim Travel Ban

President Joe Biden has done away with the 2017 Muslim travel ban enforced by the former Trump administration. The travel ban included several African and Middle Eastern countries.

Just hours after having been sworn in as the 46th President of the US alongside Vice President, Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden reportedly signed 17 executive orders including doing away with the infamous Muslim travel ban. The ban, which was enforced under the former Trump administration in 2017, targeted predominately Muslim countries in the Middle East but also included several African countries such as Nigeria, Chad, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Eritrea.

READ: African Union Criticizes Muslim Ban: US Took "Many of Our People As Slaves" But Not As Refugees

Following a star-studded and uplifting inauguration ceremony, the Biden-Harris administration is already getting to work. According to Vox, President Biden has put an end to Trump's anti-Muslim campaign which had declared predominantly Muslim countries as a threat to the national security of the US. As a result, relatives from the banned countries were separated from their loved ones living in the US for at least four years. While the travel ban had initially caused public outrage and several legal challenges, it was ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court.

Speaking during his inaugural address at the Capitol, President Biden said, "We'll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities. He went on to add, "Much to repair. Much to restore. Much to heal. Much to build, and much to gain."

Neither the various leaders of the banned African countries nor the African Union (AU) or Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have as yet responded to President Biden's latest efforts.

As his inaugural speech suggested, President Biden is working with a sense of tremendous urgency to effectively undo the legacy of the former Trump administration particularly with regards to immigration. President Biden has labelled Trump's harsh immigration policies as "discriminatory" and halted plans both to exclude non-citizens from the census count and deport the so-called "Dreamers" who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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