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Rwanda Is Using Robots to Screen COVID-19 Patients

The five new robots have the ability "to screen 50 to 150 people per minute," says the Health Ministry.

Rwanda will be using robots to aid in the fight against COVID-19, the country's Health Ministry announced the development on Wednesday.

Five anti-epidemic robots, which were each given Rwandan names: Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri, have been equipped with screening capabilities, and will help administer temperature checks, monitor patient status, and keep medical records.

According to tweets from the Ministry of Health's page, the robots have the ability "to screen 50 to 150 people per minute, deliver food and medication to patient rooms, capture data and notify officers on duty about detected abnormalities."


Health Minister Daniel Ngamije told BBC Africa, that the country is working on getting more robots that can perform other tasks such as disinfecting public spaces.

The robots are manufactured by a Belgium-based company and also have the capability to alert health workers of abnormalities and warn people who aren't wearing marks, or are wearing them improperly, reports BBC Africa.

Rwanda is the country considered to be at the forefront of technological advancement on the continent, and this has apparently extended to the public health realm during the pandemic. "The infectious nature of COVID-19 calls for technological innovations to tackle the pandemic. This is why Rwanda has introduced robots and drones among other high-tech initiatives to enhance efficiency in the fight," ICT and Innovation Minister Paula Ingabire is quoted as saying.

To date, Rwanda has recorded just under 300 cases with 203 recoveries and zero deaths according to official reports.

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Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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Liya Wants to Stand Out

The rising Nigerian artist, who has been crowned the 'First Lady' of Davido's DMW label, tells us about how her life has changed and details her new Alari EP.

When Nigerian music icon Davido signed Liya, a day after hearing her song in a Lagos nightclub, the trajectory of her life was effectively changed. From being a hopeful up-and-comer, the singer was suddenly on the books of one of the most influential record labels in the afropop industry, Davido Music Worldwide, and primed for a breakthrough. "Melo," the enthralling single played that day in the club was released within days of Liya's signing, retro-fitted with a video that heralded her ascension to the 30 Billion Gang.

Following the buzz and positive acceptance of "Melo," Liya retreated to the shadows to deal with the evolving landscape of her life and put together a debut project that would cement her position within Nigerian pop. In August, nine months after being signed, Liya returned with Alari, a six-track EP that was released without a lead single.

"Alari is basically saying I am different," the singer says during a chat one afternoon after the project's release. Songs like "Odua" and the project's titular track prove that the Liya is effectively operating on her own plain, where she weaves desire and equanimous gratitude into languid, fluid pop anthems guided by her sirenic voice and breathless cadences.

Below, we caught up with Liya to discuss working on Alari, getting signed to DMW, and the inner workings of her life.

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Silverstone Barz Is the Fresh Face of East African Rap

Listen to her new EP, Don Bother.

Fast-rising Kenyan rapper Silverstone Barz has released her new EP and official sophomore project, Don Bother. It features hard-hitting Kenyan rappers Timmy Blanco, Boutross and Scar Mkadinali. Tanzania's Brian Simba and Navie are enlisted as well on the fierce title track that kicks off the project.

According to the Nairobi-based artist, the 6-song EP was as a result of the persistence of her friends and producers who sent her cool beats that she was jamming to. Then she connected with a few artists, worked on the music and then compiled them to make a body of work.

"The title was influenced by the first song from the EP which felt super hyped and powerful! Also, [it] could mean 'Don't bother, I got this,'" reveals Silverstone.

The 24-year-old hitmaker has a couple of releases like "Africana" featuring Victoria Kimani, "Jar Weed" and recent hit "If It's On" featuring Boutross under her belt. She also featured on Khaligraph Jones' massive track "Khali Cartel 3," which catapulted her to fame. "Khali Cartel was a major boost for me as an artist and I learnt that putting in work keeps you on top," she mentions.

With this new project, Silverstone is definitely positioning herself as the freshest and most exciting face of East African female rap right now.

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