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South African Afro-pop Group Malaika is Finally Reuniting

After waiting an entire decade, South African fans are ready for the long overdue reunion.

After a very public and unsavory breakup almost ten years ago, Malaika, which includes Tshedi Mholo and Bongani Nchang, will be reuniting and performing at the Remember the Time concert in March.


Malaika started off as a trio. However, one their group members, Jabu Ndaba, passed away from tuberculosis in 2008. Whilst the remaining duo of Mholo and Nchang continued performing for a short while thereafter, they eventually split up due to growing differences. Amid their public feud, Nchang went on to release a gospel album entitled Wonders of Mercy in 2016 whilst Mholo struggled to establish herself as a solo artist.

Speaking on the reunion to SowetanLIVE, Mholo said:

"It's a new year and we are just looking forward to touching base yet again. This is a rebirth in a way. We have grown up so much. Yes, sometimes you fight, then you reconnect, forgive one another and continue with the legacy. We have decided to let bygones be bygones."

The duo will be rekindling their magic in just a few days at the Remember the Time concert being held at Times Square in Pretoria on the 8th of March. Fans are hoping to hear their beloved hits including Destiny and Sebakanyana, among many others.


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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

We talk to the Lagos-based digital artist about his work with Olamide, Phyno, Falz and more.

Duro Arts has found himself illustrating the cover artwork for a new wave of Nigerian musicians. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Oluwadurotimi Bolaji Idowu started digital art in 2010, at a time where afrobeats music was still grasping its feet. Now, 11 years later, he has made covers for heavyweight hitmakers like Peruzzi, Phyno, Olamide, Zlatan, Oxlade, and Davido.

We caught up with Duro Arts on a Sunday afternoon over Zoom. He took the call from Accra, Ghana, where he's currently working. We talked about his journey as a digital artist, his portfolio, creative process, and the changes he'd like to see in the creative industry.

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