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Shekhinah is Taking her Rosefest Festival to Durban

Shekhinah is taking her festival home.

In August, Shekhinah hosted the inaugural edition of her self-produced festival Rosefest. Rosefest Johannesburg took place on National Women's Day (August 9).

In October, the singer, songwriter and producer is taking the festival to her hometown, Durban. Rosefest Durban will take place on the 12th of the month at the Kings Park Stadium Outer Fields, a day after International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th .


"I've never had my own show in my own hometown," says Shekhinah in a press release. "It's pretty exciting and scary at the same time although we have done Rosefest once before it's a completely different city with a completely audience" she says. She continues to express "I am hoping it feels more like a homecoming than anything and I get celebrated with everyone from home with a line up sited just for Durban."

Rosefest Durban will have a carnival theme and an all-female line-up just like the first edition. The names on the line-up haven't been released yet. The Joburg edition included DJ Zinhle, Moonchild Sanelly, Simmy, Sho Madjozi and Busiswa among others alongside Shekhinah as the headliner.

The festival's name comes from Rose Gold, Shekhinah's critically acclaimed debut album which was released in 2017. Rose Gold featured artists such as Mariechan and Rouge, and came with hit singles such as "Different" and "Suited." Rose Gold has been certified platinum by RiSA (Recording Industry of South Africa).

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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