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The EFF has Dropped a New Gqom Track for Their Election Campaign

The gqom track is entitled "Signal" after leader Julius Malema's speech at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral last year.

Aside from long-winded manifestos (that not many read anyway) and attending rallies and marches, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have decided to dabble in the music space and get their supporters jiving as part of their election campaign.


Central to the new track is Julius Malema's infamous speech, at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral last year, that subsequently went viral. Perhaps the most rousing part of the speech was when he said:

"Mama, those who sold you out to the [Apartheid] regime are here. They are crying the loudest more than all of us who cared for you...Can we trust them or should we treat them with suspicion? Give us a sign Mama."

The EFF's new gqom track samples from that same speech and features the singer Ntando Duma and the well-known kwaito group, Alaska. The English and isiZulu lyrics also reiterate the party's calls for free education and increased employment especially of the poor.

South African's national elections are set to take place on the 8th of May this year and are predicted to be the most fiercely contested elections yet.

READ: South African Youth on 2019 Elections: "The ANC can no longer self-correct."

Listen to the new track here.


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Stormzy Snags His First TV Lead Role in BBC Drama 'Noughts & Crosses'

The series is set in a world where black people are the ruling class, while white people deal with discrimination and prejudice.

Stormzy has landed a lead role in a drama developed by BBC and Roc Nation, Variety reports.

He's set to play Kolawale in Noughts & Crosses, an adaptation of novels from Bajan-British author Malorie Blackman. His character is a newspaper editor and was created solely for the TV series.

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Listen to Ibibio Sound Machine's New Album 'Doko Mien'

A blend of electronic sounds and '70s West African disco.

Ibibio Sound Machine are back with their latest album, Doko Mien.

The UK-based group, fronted by Nigerian singer Eno Williams, expertly blend electronic sounds with West African influences, taking cues from '70s West African disco.

They just dropped their latest single, "Wanna Come Down," which the band describes as an "infectious jam from the album that mixes disco, '80s electro with English and Ibibio language lyrics." Doko Mien, the title of the group's new album. means "tell me" in Ibibio.

"Music is a universal language, but spoken language can help you think about what makes you emotional, what makes you feel certain feelings, what you want to see in the world," mentions Eno Williams.

Listen to Doko Mien below and catch Ibibio Sound Machine on their North American tour (dates below).

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At Least 60 People Killed In Fatal Bus Collision In Ghana

Several people are mourning the victims as well as the tragic loss of life that has occurred throughout the continent this month.

A head on collision of two buses early Friday morning in the Bono East region of Ghana has killed at least 60 people, according to the AFP.

The fatal accident took place on the Kintampo-Techiman highway in Kintampo—an area just under 300 miles north of Accra—after which one of the buses caught on fire.

The devastating accident has left several others with serious injuries. "Most of the passengers in both vehicles died at the spot. A number of them with varying degrees of injuries have been rushed to hospital," a police spokesperson told BBC Africa.

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