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The Death Toll has Risen for the Migrant Boats Which Sank in Djibouti

It has been reported that the death toll has now risen to 28 people.

On Tuesday, according to Aljazeera, two boats that were carrying migrants capsized under the force of heavy waves, off the coast of the African country Djibouti. At the time, it was determined that 5 people had lost their lives whilst 130 others were declared missing. It is unclear where exactly the two ships were headed.


The death toll for the two ships that were carrying migrants has now risen to 28 people.

Lalini Veerassamy, the International Organization for Migration, commented saying: "Twenty-three bodies were recovered this morning and the coast guard continues (its) search."

Whilst it remains unclear where exactly the two ships were going, there is legitimate speculation that they were headed to Europe. The sinking of the two boats comes amid what has been dubbed a 'Mediterranean crisis' where Africans from countries such as Libya, Sudan or Ethiopia, all facing horrific humanitarian crises such as war and famine, attempt to flee to mainland Europe in search of refuge and better opportunities.

In recent times, Djibouti, the tiny African country located on what is known as the Horn of Africa, has become the transit point for Africans fleeing the war-torn Yemen as well as Ethiopia and Somalia.





Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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YouTube's Online '#Stay Home... #WithMe' Music Festival Will Keep You Entertained This Weekend

Watch Reekado Banks, Gigi Lamayne, Asa, Skales and other African artists perform live this weekend as part of YouTube's online music festival, 'Stay Home #WithMe'.

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