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President Cyril Ramaphosa Has Chosen His Cabinet—and it's Gender Equal

South Africa is now one of 11 countries with a gender equal cabinet.

Last night, South Africans sat with baited breath as they awaited President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of his new cabinet. Since the African National Congress (ANC) won this year's elections, Ramaphosa has been under pressure to rid the ruling party of its corruption with a cabinet of deserving politicians.


In a statement on social media by former Deputy-President of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the current Executive Director of UN Women congratulated Ramaphosa on the selection of a gender equal cabinet, becoming one of 11 countries to do so. Having shrunk the cabinet considerably from 36 ministers to 28, half of them are women.

"Who's in and who's out?" was the question on every South African's mind last night. While Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Minister of Enterprises Pravin Gordhan remain in the newly selected cabinet, former Minister of Women Bathabile Dlamini and Minister of Environmental Affairs Nomvula Mokonyane are out (much to the relief of many).

However, perhaps what was an incredible plot twist (way better than the Game of Thrones finale) was the appointment of Patricia de Lille as the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure. Now, de Lille is not a member of the ruling ANC. In fact, she left the Democratic Alliance (or rather they pushed her to leave) and started her own political party last year—the Good Party.

Whilst the cabinet is usually made up of members of parliament in the ruling party, the president is allowed to call upon a member of parliament from another party whom he believes will best serve the people of the nation.


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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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