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South African Woman Who Fought Robbers was Protecting her Thesis

A video of a woman who was attacked by three men made rounds on social media yesterday.

A video of a woman who was attacked by three men made rounds on social media yesterday. The young woman resisted when the men tried to snatch her handbag at gunpoint, which social media users praised her for. The criminals, who have since been arrested, only made off with her lunch bag.


She told the Sowetan that she was protecting a hard drive which had her thesis on it, inside her bag. The 26-year-old woman’s thesis is due at the University of Johannesburg at the end of the month.

This wasn’t the first time the young woman was a victim of an incident of this kind. Last year, she was robbed of her cellphone on the same spot. She then took defense classes, which clearly helped.

You can watch the video below:

Read the full interview on the SowetanLIVE website.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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