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New Sounds Of Africa: Rina Mushonga

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New Sounds Of Africa is a new weekly series where we introduce need-to-know artists from the continent and the diaspora. In our second installment we feature Rina Mushonga, an Indian-born Zimbabwean/Dutch singer that has potential to be an international household name with her incredible rich and powerful sound.  Her vocal feel and talent is reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, but with a soulful rock influence and refreshing flow.  She convincingly belts out lyrics with a nice control of low ranges but really grabs ya when she goes up higher.  The notes float out the back of her throat and embrace you. Check out her tribute to Portishead's "Glory Box" above.

Listen to Rina's popular single "All My Ships" below and look out for the full album of the same title in May 2012.

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

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