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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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South African Queer Activists Occupy Cape Town Mansion

A South African queer activist group has taken over a Cape Town mansion to protest lack of adequate housing and land rights in South Africa.

A queer activists group, under the name Coloured Mentality, has taken over a Cape Town mansion in a wealthy area of Camps Bay. The group consists of seven coloured, queer artists. According to EWN Coloured Mentality's actions are a form of protest to highlight the wealth inequality in South Africa, mostly inadequate housing and lack of land rights for Blacks.

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