News Brief

Stun Grenades Fired at CPUT Cape Town Campus

Unrest as students and police clash at CPUT, Cape Town campus.

This morning, police fired stun grenades at students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology who were protesting for the rights of workers, News24 reports.


CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley told the website that a group of students set a number of classrooms alight in the early hours.

Kansley told jacaranda FM what the students are unhappy about. “We insource cleaners and security and there are gripes over their contracts. The other issue is that exams continue today and we understand that students don't want that to happen,” Kansley was quoted by the website saying. “There is also issues over four students who have pending interdicts against them and they want those dropped.”

You can follow the story as it develops under the hashtag #CPUT on Twitter.

Interview
Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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