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The Stories You Need To Know: South Africans To Go On #SocailMediaBlackOut, Luanda The Most Expensive City To Live In For Expats, And More

In an attempt to lobby network providers to decrease data costs, South Africans are set to boycott social media today.

SOUTH AFRICA–In an attempt to lobby network providers to decrease data costs, South Africans are set to boycott social media today. Well, if you are in South Africa and are reading this, you are probably not part of the movement. Read the full story here, and follow the hashtag #SocialMediaBlackOut on Twitter.


ALGERIA–A man has been sentenced to two years in prison for dangling a baby out of a window for Facebook likes. Read the full story here.

ZIMBABWE–Two independent journalist attended a press conference in which an ex-ruling party official called for President Robert Mugabe to step down. The two have been asked to be state witnesses, and they refused. Read the full story here.

ANGOLA–The country’s capital, Luanda, has regained its spot as the most expensive city in the world to live in for expats. This is according to the 23rd cost-of-living survey carried out by the advisory firm Mercer. Read the full story here.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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