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New UCT Vice-Chancellor: “We Have to Work at Being The Best FOR Africa”

New UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng wants to ensure students' issues are heard.

Incoming vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Mamokgethi Phakeng believes the institution will stand out if it becomes "unapologetically African."


She told News24 in an interview on Monday:

"I like saying that UCT is the best university in Africa. We have got to keep that, but more than that, we have got to work at being the best for Africa."

Phakeng, who will take over current vice-chancellor Max Price in July, is the second black woman to hold the position in the institution's history.

In the interview with News24, Phakeng said that the university should have had a conversation about colonial statues before the Rhodes Must Fall movement.

The RMF is a student body that took it upon themselves in 2015 to try decolonize the university. The first step was seeing the statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes removed from the institution's premises.

Phakeng says even though she disagrees with students' methods (which included damaging property) to try decolonize the university, she fully understands their struggles.

Phakeng says to ensure protests of that kind don't happen again, she wants to ensure students' issues are being heard.

You can read Phakeng's full interview with News24 here.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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Watch YoungstaCPT's New Music Video for 'Kleurling'

YoungstaCPT explores, with great profundity, the complexity of Coloured identity and culture in his latest music video for 'Kleurling'.

South African rapper YoungstaCPT has released the music video for his track "Kleurling". The song features on his debut album 3T, the 22-track project which dropped in 2019. While "Kleurling" translates from Afrikaans to "Coloured", a member of a specific racial group in South Africa, the rapper has revealed his aversion to the term because of its historical implications. The visuals for the track, however, are an exquisite passage through Coloured identity, culture and origin with the cinematic execution to match.

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Watch Muzi Take Over Mars In His Latest Single 'Interblaktic'

Muzi has released astonishing afro-futuristic visuals for his latest electro fusion single 'Interblaktic', off his forthcoming album.

Electronic musician Muzi has dropped the much anticipated single and music video for his lead single "Interblaktic". This latest offering is a smooth electronic number that reflects Black joy and freedom on an intergalactic level.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has, once again, called on developed nations to not exclude poorer countries from accessing COVID-19 vaccines.