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The Stories You Need To Know: Zimbabwe Donates $1 Million To The AU, Bald-Headed Men Target Of Ritual Attacks In Mozambique, And More

Mozambican police have warned the country that bald-headed men could be the target of ritual attacks.

MOZAMBIQUE–The murder of two bald-headed men, whose body parts are suspected to be used for witchcraft purposes, have led police to warn the country that bald-headed men could be the target of ritual attacks. Read the full story here.


ZIMBABWE–President Robert Mugabe donated $1 million to the African Unity Foundation to, in his words, end the donor dependency syndrome. Read the full story here.

NIGERIA–A diocese in Imo, south-eastern Nigeria, has rejected Bishop Peter Okpalaeke, a Catholic bishop appointed by Pope Francis. Rev. Fr Philip Jamang has described this rejection as a disgrace. Read the full story here.

SOUTH AFRICA–Google South Africa has announced that it will make major improvements to Google Translate. The app will now include full IsiZulu, IsiXhosa and Kiswahili translation functionality. Read the full story here.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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