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And the Next President of South Africa Will Be...

The ANC has chosen their new leader—a person who is almost certain to become South Africa's next president.

Cyril Ramaphosa is the new president of the African National Congress. South Africa's current deputy president, Ramaphosa, defeated defeated former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma 2,440 to 2,261, today, in a contentious vote.


Ramaphosa, 65, went from trade unionist and anti-apartheid activist to a wildly successful businessmen and now, party leader. Barring a massive shift in politics, he is poised to become South Africa's next president after elections in 2019.

Ramaphosa has been vocal about cracking down on corruption and reversing what many see as the influence of the Gupta brothers on Zuma's leadership—a state of affairs that has led erode public trust in the ruling party.

As reported in the Financial Times:

During his campaign, Mr Ramaphosa made thinly veiled attacks on Mr Zuma's relationship with the Gupta family, who are accused of using their friendship with the president to influence cabinet appointments and state business, and promised to root out corrupt ANC officials. Mr Zuma and the Guptas have denied allegations of corruption.

Speaking of Jacob Zuma, this video of him as the results are announced is wild. Look at the expression on his face:

The scene outside Ramaphosa's house:

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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