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South Africans are Remembering Anti-Apartheid Veteran Chris Hani

Today marks the 26th anniversary of his assassination.

Chris Hani will forever be remembered in the minds and hearts of South Africans for his contribution to South Africa's democracy and the liberation of Black people. His death remains a sore point for South Africans who believe that the struggle hero may have eventually become the president of the country.


After joining the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the 1950s, Hani, who was a fervent believer in Marxist philosophy, spent most of his time involved with the underground South African Communist Party (SACP) as well as the armed wing of the ANC known as Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK).

After the unbanning of both the ANC and SACP in 1990, Hani returned from exile and began to speak in the townships. He was described as an incredibly charismatic leader who drew many towards him. After taking over from Joe Slovo as the General-Secretary of the SACP, he campaigned for the organization to be recognized as a political party.

Read more about Hani here.

However, all that came to an end when he was assassinated in his driveway on April 10th in 1993 by Januz Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis who were linked to anti-Communist right wing parties. The pair were arrested and sentenced to life in prison.

More recently, Januz Walus, who is still alive and sitting in jail, applied for parole on the basis of certain psychological reports. However, his application was denied by Judge Michael Masutha, much to the satisfaction of the SACP and Hani's widow.

Several political parties, the likes of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the SACP and ANC as well as the South African public in general, have been commemorating Hani's life and his invaluable contribution to South Africa.









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11 Afro-Brazilian Artists You Should Listen to

These artists prove that the contemporary Afro-Brazilian music scene has never been so plural.

In 2020, what we call Afro-Brazilian music is a sophisticated multiverse, entangling sounds and experiences that go way beyond samba, maracatu, or axé. The contemporary Afro-Brazilian music scene has no boundaries, and under the radar artists have been essential in building this new paradigm.While most of these artists, including Tuyo, Gilsons and Majur, are out of the international spotlights, their creative genius, talent and authenticity are no less fantastic than those of established names like Elza Soares.

By thinking outside of the box, these singers, composers, and multi-instrumentalists are consolidating a different perspective on Afro-Brazilian music: one that refuses labels and experiments with all possible sound textures. From a Southern Brazilian futurist folk trio to the empowered R&B songs of a non-binary singer from Bahia, the list below introduces you to 11 non-mainstream Afro-Brazilian musicians you probably haven't listened to, but definitely should.

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Watch the Music Video for 2Baba's 'Opo,' Featuring Wizkid

The single is a standout from 2Baba's latest album 'Warriors.'

Wizkid and 2Baba share the music video for their 2019 single "Opo."

The colorful music video, directed by Clarence Peters, captures the two artists and a group of sharply dressed dancers in an all-white space. The celebratory song is an ode to the beauty of African women.

The song was featured on 2Baba's latest album Warriors, which dropped earlier this year and boasts a string of notable tracks and features from the likes of Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Olamide and more.

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South Africans Are Not Impressed by Government’s Second Wave of Artist Relief Fund

South African freelancers feel left out and artists feel the money allocated by the government as relief is too little.

South African Minister for Sports, Arts and Recreation Nathi Mthethwa has announced a second wave of funding for South African artists and athletes. R77 million has been allocated to assist artists whose sole income comes from economic participation in the creative industries.

The announcement comes after the first wave of funding which was released shortly after the nation was put under lockdown in March. Mthwetha reported that artists are eligible for an allocated amount of R2,200 per month much to the dismay of popular and unpopular artists.

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Davido Wins a South African Music Award for ‘A Good Time’

Davido wins 'Rest of Africa' award at the South African Music Awards for his album 'A Good Time'.