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South African Rapper Gigi Lamayne is Bringing to Fans an All-Women Music Show

The music event will have all-women headline acts and is the first of its kind for South African hip-hop.

Gigi Lamayne is all about showing the male-dominated rap game that women can do it just as well if not better than their male counterparts. That said, she'll be throwing the #GigiGangShow which will have only female headline acts taking center stage. Let us tell you, we are so here for it.


The formidable Gigi Lamayne is planning to turn the game upside down. The baddest women in hip-hop who will be headlining the event include Rouge, Nadia Nakai, Fifi Cooper, Moozlie, Nokwazi and Mpumi whilst supporting acts will include Manu WoldStar, Khuli Chana, Reason, Kwesta and several others. Special appearances will be made by actresses Khanyi Mbau and Celeste Ntuli.

The rapper is also looking to put on up-and-coming artists for the show with a competition that she's running. Now how's that for opening up the industry?

In a video where Gigi Lamayne speaks about her inspiration, she says:

"They bark and we bite. We excel. We lack fear. We attack outside of the pride and we keep moving. It's almost as if a piece of you has to die before you can actually live...I am a soldier in girl's body. I am the iron lady, inkosazana. I never give in."

Watch the video below:

The event will take place on the 4th of May in Soweto and tickets can be purchased here.

Fans have since been expressing their excitement for #GigiGangShow on social media.





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Stormzy Snags His First TV Lead Role in BBC Drama 'Noughts & Crosses'

The series is set in a world where black people are the ruling class, while white people deal with discrimination and prejudice.

Stormzy has landed a lead role in a drama developed by BBC and Roc Nation, Variety reports.

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Listen to Ibibio Sound Machine's New Album 'Doko Mien'

A blend of electronic sounds and '70s West African disco.

Ibibio Sound Machine are back with their latest album, Doko Mien.

The UK-based group, fronted by Nigerian singer Eno Williams, expertly blend electronic sounds with West African influences, taking cues from '70s West African disco.

They just dropped their latest single, "Wanna Come Down," which the band describes as an "infectious jam from the album that mixes disco, '80s electro with English and Ibibio language lyrics." Doko Mien, the title of the group's new album. means "tell me" in Ibibio.

"Music is a universal language, but spoken language can help you think about what makes you emotional, what makes you feel certain feelings, what you want to see in the world," mentions Eno Williams.

Listen to Doko Mien below and catch Ibibio Sound Machine on their North American tour (dates below).

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At Least 60 People Killed In Fatal Bus Collision In Ghana

Several people are mourning the victims as well as the tragic loss of life that has occurred throughout the continent this month.

A head on collision of two buses early Friday morning in the Bono East region of Ghana has killed at least 60 people, according to the AFP.

The fatal accident took place on the Kintampo-Techiman highway in Kintampo—an area just under 300 miles north of Accra—after which one of the buses caught on fire.

The devastating accident has left several others with serious injuries. "Most of the passengers in both vehicles died at the spot. A number of them with varying degrees of injuries have been rushed to hospital," a police spokesperson told BBC Africa.

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