News Brief

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.

 

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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