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President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan Has Stepped Down

Months of anti-government protests by the Sudanese people have finally toppled his three-decade rule.

After nationwide protests which began last year in December, the Sudanese people have succeeded in putting an end to President Omar-al Bashir's thirty-year long dictatorship. After mounting pressure by the anti-government protests, the Sudanese armed forces announced that they were not against the protesters' demands for Bashir to step down but were instead against a "fall into chaos". This was confirmed by activists who reported that soldiers had protected protesters amid a crackdown by security agents loyal to the dictator.


Sudan is alive with sounds of patriotic music blaring in the streets and Sudanese flags are flying high in the hands of victorious protesters. Thousands of Sudanese people have been waiting since the early morning for an announcement about the fate of Bashir by the army.

READ: Viral photos and videos of Sudanese women leading protests are being called "iconic."

According to eNCA, the Minister of Production and Economic Resources in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, told the Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that, "There are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down".

Today marks an incredible victory by the Sudanese people who have shown tremendous resilience and defiance over the past few months, despite deadly force being used against them and an increasing death toll. What remains to be seen is just how peaceful the transition of power from Bashir's government to the military will be.



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The 11 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Davido, Tekno, Little Simz, Mr Eazi, Wizkid and more.

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Nigerian scene in May.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Ibraah, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Here is our selection of the best East African songs of May. These are the tracks shaking up the region right now.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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The 11 Best Caribbean Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Konshens x Afro B, Mr. Vegas, Stylo G, Sean Paul and more.

Back in the vinyl era, it was said that Jamaica produced more records per capita than any other nation in the world. In 2020, dancehall artists seem determined to uphold that reputation for prolific musicality, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Undoubtedly, Jamaican artists are driving Caribbean music at the moment, a dominance only partly explained by the recent proliferation of home studio setups and desktop production in dancehall (making it easier to keep the musical vibes flowing without touching road). It also has to do with simple timing, as music production and release calendars elsewhere in the Caribbean are often focused on the yearly crescendo of Carnival.

Trinidad, of course, pulled off a massive turnout at the end of February, just before recording their first confirmed case of COVID-19. But if Trini soca artists have already put in their work for 2020, many other West Indian Carnivals were or presumably will be cancelled. It remains to be seen whether scenes and styles associated with the big summer Carnivals (St. Lucian dennery, Bajan crop over and Grenadian jab-jab, to name a few) will take the risk of allowing large gatherings or attempt to recreate the festival experience virtually in an effort to support ongoing quarantine initiatives.

It's a strange new world...but we can all be thankful it still has room for a good old fashioned soundclash now and then. In that spirit, get all the Caribbean heat for this May below.

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