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Sampha Just Won The 2017 Mercury Prize For His Debut Album 'Process'

British Sierra-Leonean soul singer, Sampha, is the 2017 Mercury Prize winner.

British-Sierra Leonean soul signer, Sampha is the winner of the 2017 Mercury Prize.


The singer snagged the coveted UK prize—awarded to the best British album of the year—for his acclaimed debut album Process.

The celebrated artist beat out some of the UK's biggest names, including Stromzy  J Hus, and Ed Sheeran.

Fellow British-Sierra Leonean, Idris Elba, was there to present him with the award.

Last year's prize went to British-Nigerian grime rapper, Skepta for his album Konichiwa.

We couldn't be happier to see some of our favorite African musicians getting the recognition they deserve, especially the ones we've been following since the beginning! Major congrats to Sampha.

Sampha dropped Process, the film back in March, revisit it here and check out our full review of the album from earlier this year.

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu Collapses During Televised Ceremony

Secretary to Cabinet, Simon Miti confirmed that the head of state experienced sudden dizziness during a commemoration ceremony in Lusaka on Sunday.

"His Excellency the President of The Republic of Zambia Dr Edgar Changwa Lungu, this afternoon experienced sudden dizziness while officiating the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony. His Excellency recovered immediately and walked to the official car and returned to his residence at The State House," said Secretary to Cabinet Simon Miti in a statement.

This is not the first time the 64-year-old has collapsed during a public engagement. In 2015 President Lungu was rushed to hospital after collapsing during a Women's Day event, according to a report by The Mail and Guardian. After being discharged from Maina Soko Military Hospital in his home country, he was forced to receive specialist treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

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