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The Stories You Need To Know: South African Athlete Sets Another World Record, Malawi Launches Humanitarian Drone Service, And More

Wayde Van Niekerk sets new 300m dash world record, and other stories from the continent.

MALAWI–Unicef and the government of Malawi have launched an air corridor for humanitarian drones to deliver medical supplies. The corridor is the first of its kind in Africa. Read the full story here.


SOUTH AFRICA–Olympic champion Wayde Van Niekerk has set yet another world record. This time it’s for the seldom-run 300m dash, which he partook in, in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Wednesday night. Read the full story here.

KENYA–Kenya is the first African country to start using a generic version of Dolutegravir, the latest AIDS drug that can improve and prolong the lives of people who suffer severe side effects and resistance to other AIDS treatments. 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 Ethic's 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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