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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.

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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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C.J. Obasi On Bringing the Legend of Mami Wata to the Big Screen

The Nigerian director saw a vision of Mami Wata, then made a film that became the toast of Sundance and won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Cinematography.

C.J. Obasi’s third feature length film MamiWata has taken Sundance by storm. The mesmerizing fable, which marks the first time a home-grown Nigerian film scores a competition prize at the Sundance Film Festival, delves into the myth of the Mami Wata folklore, a terrifying mermaid goddess popular across West Africa. Obasi’s MamiWata tells a simple enough story of good versus evil, and the importance of maintaining balance while hurtling towards societal change. But Obasi is not your basic filmmaker, and his interpretation of this well-known folklore is a startling cinematic achievement that advances his singular vision.

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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Popcaan x Burna Boy, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Mr Eazi, Baaba Maal, Pheelz and more.

Every Friday, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column, Songs You Need to Hear. Here's our round-up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks.

If you like these music lists, you can also check out our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music. If you missed them, check out our music lists for the Best of 2022 here.

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