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Don’t Sleep On Shane Eagle’s New Soulful EP ‘Never Grow Up’

Listen to Shane Eagle's latest release.

While you were spending less time online and more with your family over the holidays, South African rapper Shane Eagle released a gem of an EP.


Titled Never Grow Up, the project sees Shane in introspective mode as usual. The MC spits raps about success, family, relationship and spirituality over soulful jazz sample-based boom bap production.

The average length of the seven tracks is two minutes, with the longest being the standout "Ride Dolo-What You Wanna Be" at four minutes 50 seconds.

After a fruitful year of touring and dropping singles, the MC had to share something with his loyal fanbase.

And if you are going to sleep on any project this year, it shouldn't be this one. Especially if you love 90s boom bap with touches of the 21st century.

Never Grow Up, which dropped on the 28th of December, is Shane Eagle's second release, it follows his solid debut album, Yellow, which was released in 2017 and won Best Hip Hop Album at the South African Music Awards.

Download Never Grow Up here.


‎Never Grow Up. - EP by Shane Eagle itunes.apple.com

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South African Designer Athi Patra Ruga is Collaborating with Dior

The designer has produced two bags for the international fashion label's Lady Art Project.

Athi Patra Ruga is an Umtata-born South African visual artist who explores sexuality, HIV/AIDS, queerness and African culture in fashion, performance and contemporary art. Recently, he joined fellow designers Rina Banerjee, Maria Nepomuceno, Mickalene Thomas, Jia Lee and Eduardo Terrazas in designing bags for the fourth installment of Dior's Lady Art Project which sees designers from all over the world re-imagining the fashion label's iconic Lady Dior bag. This year's group made use of techniques including embroidery, patchwork, quilting and printing, which experts have suggested may symbolize the resurgence of textile art in couture.

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Listen to Ghanaian Artist $pacely's New Project 'Fine$$e Or Be Fine$$ed'

The La Même Gang member shares his first solo project.

La Même Gang is an urban Ghanaian hip-hop/alté collective based in Accra. The group is made up of six members that include Darkovibes, Kiddblack, Nxwrth, RJZ, $pacely and Kwaku BS.

Today, $pacely is dropping his first solo project entitled Fine$$e Or Be Fine$$ed. The 10-track project shows of the artist's versatile sound and certainly has a number of bangers worth listening to.

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Kenyan Athlete Brigid Kosgei Set a New World Marathon Record

Kenyan athletes are on a record-breaking winning streak.

This past weekend, the 2019 Chicago Women's Marathon took place. Twenty-five-year-old Kenyan athlete Brigid Kosgei finished the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds, breaking the world record set sixteen years ago by Paula Radcliffe. Kosgei's impressive time was an entire six-and-a-half minutes ahead of Ethiopia's Ababel Yeshaneh who placed second and just came ahead of fellow Ethiopian runner, Gelete Burka, who then placed third, according to the BBC.

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Kais Saied is Set to Become Tunisia's Next President

While official results have not been published, the retired academic reportedly secured 76 percent of the votes according to the exit polls.

Last week, Tunisia held its legislative elections, according to reports by Aljazeera. The Ennahda Movement obtained 52 seats in the 217-member parliament while the Karoui's Heart of Tunisia party came second, with 38 seats. While the presidential elections were only scheduled to take place in November, they were pushed forward after the country's first democratically-elected president, Beji Caid Essebsi, passed away in July. Two independent candidates, media mogul Nabil Karoui and retired law professor Kais Saied, have been facing off in the presidential runoff. However, recent exit polls suggest that Saied secured between 72 and 77 percent of the vote.

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