UK Label SHANGAANBANG's Shangaan Electro Releases

Download Limpopo producers Da Multi Snake and Mualusie free shangaan electro releases from UK label SHANGAANBANG.

London-based label SHANGAANBANG has been putting together a batch of potent releases in the style of shangaan electro — the lightning-speed electronic take on South African tsonga disco and kwaito pioneered by Nozinja. The relatively new label's first release Volume 1, put out in digital form and as a limited edition yellow cassette, featured a 6-track collection of frenetic tunes from Limpopo-based producer Da Multi Snake. SHANGAANBANG's most singles Ndhuma and Siyavhuma by beatmaker Mualusie (also from Limpopo) follow in the same sonic vein, delivering addictive 190 BPM progressions of "deadly Limpopo folktech," as the label's bandcamp describes. The best part yet, a large majority of these tracks are available for free download through the label. Check out Mulasie's latest singles and Da Multi Snake's Volume 1 below and head over to SHANGAANBANG's bandcamp and soundcloud pages for more free goods.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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