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Video: Michael Kiwanuka’s “Tell Me a Tale” resurrects ‘60’s Soul

Listen to "Tell Me a Tale" by British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka.

If it weren't for the fact that he's still alive, I'd swear that Bill Withers died, and his spirit is currently possessing a British singer by the name of Michael Kiwanuka. Since that clearly isn't the case, I'm at a loss to explain why this guy is so astonishingly talented. His voice has a smoky resonance that leads one to think he came out of the womb singing soul music. It's rhythm and blues in the classic sense of the term, every word is robust and every strum of the guitar is weighty and dense. I'd go on with the superlatives, but I'm afraid that after a certain point it would become downright sycophantic, and no one wants to see that. Instead I'll recommend that you follow my lead and seek out every song this guy has ever made.


LISTEN: Michael Kiwanuka Drops Highly-Anticipated New Album 'KIWANUKA'

Kiwanuka's new EP, Tell Me A Tale, is due out June 7th (or 13th - the details are bit unclear after some internet research), but if you're like me and you can't wait all of two weeks, a few of the sessions from the EP are already available on Itunes.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.