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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 3 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Advocate George Bizos at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on February 3, 2014, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africans Pay Tribute to Veteran Anti-Apartheid Lawyer George Bizos

George Bizos famously represented the late Nelson Mandela and several other struggle veterans during the Apartheid era. He passed away at the age of 92 this past Wednesday.

This past Wednesday, anti-Apartheid lawyer George Bizos passed away at the age of 92. Bizos famously defended struggle veteran and former President Nelson Mandela during his treason trial, the infamous Rivonia Trial and that of other struggle veterans. Bizos is credited with amending Mandela's fierce speech at the Rivonia Trial, in the hopes that the state would be lenient towards him. The Rivonia Trial, which occurred between 1963 and 1964, saw Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and seven others accused of trying to "overthrow" the state. Towards the end of July of this year, the last of the Rivonia trialists Andrew Mlangeni, passed away at the age of 95.

Aside from being Mandela's lawyer, Bizos was indeed a close friend of the former statesman. The Nelson Mandela Foundation described the pair's friendship saying, "In the last years of Mandela's life, they were often to be found together, just catching up, sharing memories, or heading off on car rides to see, one more time, places of significance in their life journeys."

In his critically acclaimed memoir, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela himself described Bizos as a man "who combined a sympathetic nature with an incisive mind".

In the wake of his passing, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the following about Bizos:

"This is sad news for all of us as South Africans. George Bizos contributed immensely to the attainment of our democracy. He worked very closely with Nelson Mandela, Arthur Chaskalson, and many others. He had an incisive legal mind and was one of the architects of our Constitution."

The likes of investigative journalist and author Redi Tlabi, activist Shaeera Kalla and several other South Africans have all paid tribute to Bizos and the legacy he now leaves behind. See some of these tributes below:





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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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