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The CDC Says Renaming Monkeypox Will Nip Stigma Against Africans

A senior official from the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said recently that the renaming of monkeypox variants was a good idea.

At a briefing earlier on Thursday, the acting director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ahmed Ogwell, said that he is "really pleased" after news broke that the World Health Organization would be renaming the monkeypox disease. The monkeypox virus has two clades, and these clades were originally named the Congo Basin clade and the West African clade. Earlier this week, the U.N. health agency shared that it would invite the general public to pitch in and change the names of the Monkeypox variants over concerns about its African affiliation. Since then, the organization decided to change the names to Clade 1, formerly Congo Basin (Central African), and Clade 2, formerly West African clade.

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TRESOR Secures His Spot On The Billboard 100 and Grammy Committee

The Congolese-South African singer-songwriter recently collaborated with Drake on his latest album, Honestly, Nevermind.

The past few months have made it look as though Congolese-born, South Africa-based TRESOR has his sights set on global domination.

The platinum-selling African pop star and producer lent his magic* (ew) to rapper Drake on his seventh studio album Honestly, Nevermind, and as a result, has debuted on Billboard Hot 100 Songwriter List at #15. And further stacking up the accomplishments has seen the singer-songwriter being invited into the Grammy's Master Class in 2022, one of the first on the continent to do so.

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Congolese Rumba Is Now A UNESCO-Protected Cultural Gem

Congolese rumba joins other living traditions, like Seychelles' Moutya dance and the Senegalese culinary art of Ceebu jën, in being added to Unesco's "intangible cultural heritage of humanity" list.

Interview: Fally Ipupa Continues His Legacy With 'Tokooos II'

The iconic Congolese singer opens up about his latest album, vast influence and future plans.

Interview: Xplosive DJ Calls Many Places Home With His Debut Release ‘Plan B’

After years of working with other artists, South African-based producer Xplosive DJ shares his sound in his new project 'Plan B'.

Veteran Congolese Musician Kasongo wa Kanema Passes Away

Tributes are pouring in for the legendary musician and former lead vocalist of the popular Orchestra Super Mazembe group.

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Former President of Congo, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, Passes Away

The former Congolese president has died after having tested positive for the coronavirus.