News

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.

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The New Fela Kuti Box Set is Curated by Femi Kuti & Chris Martin

And they said the perfect holiday gift doesn't exist...