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The Internet is Gradually Being Restored to Sudan

A court has ordered the country's telecoms providers to end the month-long internet blackout.

Two weeks ago, after over a month-long internet blackout that followed the deadly crackdown by the military and resulted in the deaths of over 100 Sudanese protesters, one individual was granted access to the internet by the courts. However, recently the same courts have now ordered telecoms providers Zain, MTN and Sudani to restore internet access to the entire country, according to Aljazeera.


Yesterday, the courts ordered an end to the internet blackout after Khartoum-based lawyer, Abdelazim al-Hassan, challenged the matter. The internet was initially only returned to fixed landlines and thus Hassan further challenged that the ruling be extended to include 3G and 4G services on mobile phones.

At a news conference, Hassan said, "I returned to court and said that numerous clients of Zain and other telecom companies were impacted due to the cut." He added that, "Today, the court issued an order to Zain, MTN and Sudani to restore their mobile internet services."

A month ago, General Shamseddine Kabbashi, the spokesperson for the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) expressed the military's concern over social media and the alleged threat it posed to the country saying, "Regarding social media, we see during this period that it represents a threat for the security of the country and we will not allow that."

Sudan continues to be engrossed in protests by civilians who want the TMC to transfer power to them following the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir back in April.

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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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