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This is How Scores of South Africans Celebrated the Springboks' Arrival

South Africans showed up at the airport to welcome the players following their Rugby World Cup win.

South Africans are still on a high after the Springboks thrashed England 32-12 to win this year's Rugby World Cup. Yesterday, hundreds of South Africans showed up at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport to welcome the players as they touched down on home soil from Japan. Clad in the official Springbok jersey and proudly waving the South African flag amid celebratory songs, it was a moment as joyous as when the Springboks lifted up the trophy in victory.


While the recent win has given some South Africans hope for a more united country and "rainbow nation", others remain skeptical about what genuine unity looks like in a country plagued by gross inequality.

READ: The Springboks Winning the Rugby World Cup is not a Cure for South Africa's Social Problems

Nonetheless, the presence of the many South Africans who welcomed the Springboks as they arrived at the airport was overwhelming. There were numerous police officers who were deployed to maintain order and ensure the safety of everyone while the players took pictures with fans and signed T-shirts and rugby balls. The late Brenda Fassie's hit song "Vul'indlela" blared in the background and even the Ndlovu Youth Choir was there to perform the national anthem.

A few South Africans had this to say on social media:



Watch the moment the Springboks arrived at the airport courtesy of News24:

WATCH | Fans line halls of OR Tambo airport to welcome Springboks home www.youtube.com

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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