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NYC: Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège

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You may know Derrick Ashong as the host of Al Jazeera English's The Stream, or from Oprah Radio’s The Derrick Ashong Experience, but a lot of folks know him from his successful globe-trotting band, Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège. Back in 2010 we wrote that Soulfège combines light reggae guitar melodies with driving rock chords and heavy hip-hop beats, along with more traditional African music. The band doesn't describe their music as "fushion," but rather "Afropolitan." The animated short, Love Rain Down (above) was released in tandem with a track from their latest album, Afropolitan. Check out Derrick and the band Feb. 9th at Drom in NYC, $10 advance, $15 at the door. For more info on the event go here. To read our full interview with Derrick go here.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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