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Video: Desert Rockers Terakaft Drop New Album "Aratan N Azawad"

The initial tone of Terakaft's guitars reminded me of Lynyrd Skynyrd mixed with Fela Kuti, but as the rhythms and melodies developed I was immediately transported from the Southern United States and Lagos to the Sahara desert. I remained there for the duration of my listening experience, but felt more connected to this style of music than I ever had before because of the Mali-based band's wide-ranging influences. Terakaft is releasing their new album Aratan N Azawad (Children of the Azwad, World Village) on June 14th so stay tuned. Check out the video below for an intro to Terakaft's sound and to the band members and read their ultra interesting extended bio courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors.


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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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