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Nigeria’s Football Team Is Stuck in Atlanta—And Their First Match Is Less Than a Day Away

Despite being fresh of their flight from Atlanta, hopefully Nigeria's football team will be game ready for their match against Japan Thursday.

Nigeria’s set to play their first prelim football match against Japan on Thursday, and you’d think they’d be rested; even explore Rio a bit before they compete—right?


Nope.

They're still in Atlanta.

Because of a flight booking snafu, a source close to the Nigeria Football Federation tells BBC the sports ministry payment for the charter flight did not hit the airline’s account Tuesday, which resulted in their refusal to fly the team to Brazil as scheduled.

The process seems to be prolonged by the payment having to go through different bank accounts and currency conversions, which the NFF recognizes is a process that should’ve started much earlier, although they claim this issue has nothing to do with the NFF as an entity.

The source also tells BBC that “everyone in the NFF was ‘disturbed’ by the situation because Nigeria’s first game against Japan in Manaus is so soon.”

After speaking to a few players, BBC says it’s still unclear when they’ll be en route to Rio.

“We’ve been told to get ready to fly out in a few hours, but that’s been the story since last week,” one of the players explains.

But, deep breaths. It was 20 years ago today that the Super Eagles became the first African and non-European or South American team to win the gold medal, so despite this slight EP aka Enemy of Progress, do they stand a chance to bring the gold home again? Check out the highlight reel of that moment below.

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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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