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The Christchurch Terrorist Compared Himself to Anti-Apartheid Veteran Nelson Mandela

In his hate-filled manifesto entitled The Great Replacement, Brenton Tarrant likens himself to the anti-Apartheid struggle veteran, Nelson Mandela.

New Zealand is currently still processing the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack which occurred last week Friday. White supremacist Brenton Tarrant shot and killed at least 50 Muslims during their prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. As if that were not horrendous enough, Tarrant live-streamed the attack.


The late Nelson Mandela is perhaps one of the most internationally renowned figures who, along with numerous and equally important other men and women, fought against Apartheid for the liberation of Black South Africans. For his underground political activities with the African National Congress (ANC), he was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Robben Island following one of his most compelling speeches at the infamous Rivonia Trial.

There has been considerable critique of the late statesman over the past few years especially, with some South Africans even going as far as labeling him a 'sellout' and white apologist. Others have questioned whether Mandela has not been given the status of a demigod.

READ: Why Are We So Obsessed with Making a God of Nelson Mandela?

What remains undeniable, however, is the magnitude of Mandela's sacrifice for South Africa. And thus, it is an incredible reach, absurd even, that Tarrant likens himself to Mandela as if his Islamophobic actions were in some way heroic. They were not.

In his manifesto entitled The Great Replacement, Tarrant writes:

"I do not expect to be released, but I also expect an eventual Nobel Peace prize - as was awarded to the terrorist Nelson Mandela once his own people achieved victory and took power...I expect to be freed in 27 years from my incarceration, the same number of years as Mandela, for the same crime."

South Africa, along with many other countries, have condemned the terrorist attack carried out by Tarrant.


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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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