Audio

Audio: Neo Muyanga 'DIPALO: A Mixtape For Those Who Practice Counting'

Soweto-born avant-garde composer and performer Neo Muyanga 'DIPALO: A Mixtape For Those Who Practice Counting' is a mythic operetta.


Co-founder of the legendary Pan African Space Station with publisher Ntone Edjabe, Soweto-born avant-garde composer and performer Neo Muyanga studied the Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro Piero Poclen at the United World College in Trieste, Italy from '91 to '93. In the mid-nineties, he built a following on both sides of the Atlantic as part of the acoustic pop duo Blk Sonshine, a musical partnership with Masauko Chipembere.

Constantly challenging boundaries, his most recent work The Flower of Shembe is a mythic operetta “based loosely on the lives of past messiahs and drawing on Mithra, the Persian deity, Jesus of Nazareth and Saint Yared in Ethiopia.” DIPALO: a mixtape for those who practice counting, composed, arranged and performed by Muyanga, was released as an audio supplement to issue 16 of Chimurenga magazine. It’s  complex and yet so endearingly beautiful.

>>>Stream: 'DIPALO: A Mixtape For Those Who Practice Counting'

News Brief
(Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Pregnant Tanzanian Girls Now Have Hope Of An Education

In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Nigerian Government Barred From Prosecuting Twitter Users

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States has ordered the Nigerian government to refrain from prosecuting Twitter users, while it considers the case brought to it by civil society organisations and journalists.