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Okayafrica TV: Spoek Mathambo's Father Creeper

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Afro-futurist singer/rapper/producer Spoek Mathambo is South Africa’s music equivalent of the mad scientist. The 26-year-old maverick’s sound, a colourful collage of genres and influences from grunge, dubstep to kwaito, has been described as “township tech.” His unique blend of music has earned him both critical acclaim and loyal audiences from the continent and across the Atlantic. The former med student spoke to Okayafrica TV in sunny Brooklyn yesterday about his second full length project, Father Creeper (Sub Pop), due for release today. Mathambo tells us about the Xhosa roots of his cover art, the remaking of "Let Them Talk," and the organic development of his sound. The Father Creeper launch party is March 22, 2012 in NYC (details to come), buy the album here.

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#LGBTRightsGhana: Ghanaians Rally Support For the LGBT+ Community

Pro-LGBT+ advocacy in Ghana is at an all-time high as members of the community face public backlash.

The LGBT+ community in the West African country of Ghana is a fast growing group, but they are also highly marginalized. In recent times, the nation's LGBT+ population has faced increased backlash from members of Ghana's society who are opposed to the rights of the community. Many members of the community are forced to live secret or suppressed lives, as those who are open about their sexuality face discrimination and oppression in various forms and degrees, as a result of living in a society that lacks progressiveness and regard for basic human rights for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation.

At the moment both the backlash and the advocacy for the cause is currently at a climax, sparked by recent events concerning Ghana's LGBT+ support group and the public opposition against it by Ghana's society and the nation's government. Ghana's official LGBT+ support group, called LGBT+ Rights Ghana, established their headquarters in Accra on January 31, 2021. The office was intended to be a safe space and avenue of support for all LGBT+ Ghanaians. On February 24, 2021. the office was shut down by members of Ghana's national security force together with the police, on orders issued by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, after the center became the subject of a furious public backlash.

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