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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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Kenya's Courts Have Failed the LGBT Community Once Again

The High Court has decided that homosexuality will not be decriminalized in Kenya.

The LGBT community in Kenya and its allies have been struck a heavy blow. Kenya's High Court has decided to uphold the criminal status of homosexuality in the country, according to the BBC.

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Watch Chika's Cerebral Performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Nigerian-American MC drops serious bars in "No Squares" and "Richey v. Alabama."

Chika Oranika, also just known as Chika, recently made her late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest hosted by Lena Waithe.

Waithe is a huge fan of the Nigerian-American wordsmith (as we all are, let's be real), especially since her freestyle about the rise and fall of Kanye West went viral last year. The rapper continues to be inspired about current events and eloquently gives much needed thoughts and commentary through straight bars.

With her performances of "No Squares" and "Richey v. Alabama" on the show, it's fair to say that she's the internet's unofficial poet laureate.

"We all know what's going on in Alabama right now, and I'm from Alabama. I felt like with this opportunity and the way that it lined up, it would make so much sense for me to come on here and speak for people who would otherwise feel voiceless," she shares with Waithe on what inspired "Richey v. Alabama."

She continues:

"Richey is the last name of one of my best friends who has such a powerful story when it comes to what's going on in Alabama. I felt like this would be a proper tribute to her, and also a proper tribute to all women in Alabama—all people in Alabama with wombs who are able to carry children—and I felt like this is my time to speak for us."

Watch her poignant performances below.

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South Africa's midfielder Linda Motlhalo (L) and South Africa's defender Janine Van Wyk celebrate after scoring a goal during the FIFA international friendly football match between South Africa and Jamaica at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban , South Africa on April 7, 2019. - South Africa's Women Team, known as "Banyana Banyana", has qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France 2019. (Photo: ANESH DEBIKY/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa's National Women's Football Team to Receive Equal Pay

The Banyana Banyana, will receive the same pay as their male counterparts for the first time ever as they head to the FIFA World Cup.

Last November it was announced that South Africa's national women's football Team, the Banyana Banyana, would be heading to the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time ever. South Africans celebrated the news, but some also pointed out that despite their successes, the female players were still being payed less than their male counterparts.

This is set to change however, as for the first time ever South Africa's women's team and its men's team, Bafana Bafana, will earn the same pay as they head to the World Cup in France and the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt, respectively, Times Live reports.

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