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The Stories You Need To Know: The Effects Of Xenophobia On South African Universities, Egypt’s Inflation Falls, And More

United States President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change and more stories from the continent.

SOUTH AFRICA–Fewer African students are enrolling in South African universities due to the country’s highly publicized xenophobia. Visa delays also contribute to the factor. Read the full report here.

EGYPT–The country’s deflation rate fell to 29.7% in May from 31.5% in April. This was the first time in seven months since the country’s currency was devalued. Read the full story here.

KENYA–A Kenyan judge who freed a man convicted of defiling a minor has attracted the international spotlight. This was after he ruled that the child in question “appeared to want to have sex” with the defendant. Read the full story here.

DIASPORA–United States President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Read the full story here for the effects and implications of this move.

SOUTH AFRICA–South African banks and businesses have donated millions to the people of Knysna, a small town in the Western Cape that has been affected by fires in the past two days. Read the full story here.

Photo: Mariela Alvarez.

Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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