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The Stories You Need To Know: Kenyan Uber Drivers To Take Selfies For Safety, Call For The Abolishment Of Border Between South Africa And Lesotho, And More

For both drivers’ and riders’ safety in Kenya, Uber is introducing a new feature to decrease the risks of fraud and theft.

KENYA–For both drivers’ and riders’ safety in Kenya, Uber is introducing a new feature to decrease the risks of fraud and theft. Drivers will be required to take selfies before they accept rides to protect accounts from being compromised. Read the full story here.


LESOTHO–The Free Movement of Basotho is calling for the government to take action and get rid of the border between Lesotho and South Africa. Read the full story here.

ANGOLA–The country is expecting over 3000 national and international observers for its general elections which will take place on August 23. Read the full story here.

ZIMBABWE–Minister of War Veterans Tshinga Dube recently urged President Robert Mugabe to name and groom his successor in-order to put a stop to the factional fights with the Zanu-PF party. The president has since responded: “It’s not my duty to name my successor.” Read the full story here.

 

 

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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