News Brief

The Stories You Need To Know: Strict Dress Code for Ugandan Civil Servants, Mali To Use Gardening To Fight Malaria, And More

A team of researchers is testing out a method of gardening that could help fight malaria.

MALI–A team of researchers is testing out a method of gardening that could help fight malaria. They believe that removing flowers from a common shrub kills off lots of the older, adult, female, biting insects that transmit malaria. Read the full story here.


UGANDA–The Ugandan government has instructed civil servants to “dress decently.” Women have been ordered to not show any cleavage, wear brightly colored nails, braids or hair extensions, sleeveless or transparent blouses. Men must wear long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, while trousers should not be tight-fitting. Read the full story here.

SOUTH AFRICA–South Africans aren’t pleased with the ruling party, the ANC’s stance on white monopoly capital. ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Joel Netshitenzhe was quoted saying, “There is no reference to monopoly capital as an enemy of the ANC or an enemy of the National Democratic Movement. If they were the enemy, what do you do to the enemy? You destroy the enemy and so with our approach to monopoly capital, there might be areas of divergence. We need to regulate, and you need to discipline them where it is necessary.” Read the full story here.

Music

Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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