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Young Fathers Beat FKA Twigs & Damon Albarn To Win The 2014 Mercury Prize

Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers have won the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for the year's best British or Irish record.


Perhaps it's premature to start talking year-end lists. But nonetheless, Scottish / Liberian / Nigerian trio Young Fathers are undoubtedly an early frontrunner for our top album selection with their earth-rattling proper LP debut, DEAD (via Anticon/Big Dada). In the midst of having their breakthrough year (which includes making their US late night debut on Kimmel, a massive worldwide tour, and jumping on an official remix with trip hop godfather Tricky), Young Fathers were announced today as the recipients of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months. The trio beat out releases from FKA Twigs, East India Youth, Bombay Bicycle Club, Anna Calvi, GoGo Penguin, Nick Mulvey, Jungle, Damon Albarn, Polar Bear, Kate Tempest, and Royal Blood; and, according to BBC, at 2,386 copies sold it was the second lowest selling album on the shortlist.

Back in March we caught up with Young Fathers at SXSW, where Alloysious, Kayus and G brought their ritualistic live performance to the Okayplayer showcase. Watch the guys talk about their African lineage, the special touch on their music videos, and their original sound in the Okayafrica TV episode below.

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Former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja Has Died

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja has reportedly passed away at age 82. The Nigerien government has announced a three-day national mourning period.

ABC News reports that former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja reportedly passed away this past Tuesday. The exact cause of death is unclear but reports indicate that the 82-year-old had been battling age-related illnesses for several years. The former head-of-state succumbed to his illness(s) in a hospital in Niamey, Niger. According to VoA, the Nigerien government officially called for the nation to enter into a three-day mourning period.

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South African Designer Thebe Magugu Becomes International Woolmark Prize Finalist

Multi award-winning South African fashion designer, Thebe Magugu, has been named as one of six finalists in the 2021 International Woolmark Prize.