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Zambian Radio Station Bans South African Music

Popular station Hot FM Zambia says it will not play music by South African artists "in light of the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals."

The Zambian radio station, Hot FM Zambia, says it will cease playing music by South African artists due to the current spate of xenophobic attacks in the country.

"In light of the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, Hot FM will cease to play music by South African artists on our airwaves until further notice," wrote the station, described as "number 1 for news and entertainment" in a post shared on its Facebook page.

READ: Burna Boy to Donate Proceeds from Upcoming Show In South Africa to Victims of Xenophobic Violence

"All African nations, whether Frontline states or not, stood by our South African kindred during their time of need, and together we embraced UBUNTU. Africa is one, and until such a time that our South African counterparts embrace UBUNTU again, our stand will be with all our African brothers being attacked and terrorized in that country."


Some on social media have applauded the station for its decision and have expressed full support, while others view it as simply adding to the division. "But this is not the way forward," wrote one Twitter user.

Several artists have spoken out against the recent violence and have cancelled upcoming shows in South Africa, including Nigerian artists Tiwa Savage and Lady Donli. Burna Boy vowed not to visit the country again in protest of the violence against foreign nationals.

South African artists have also responded, with Sho Madjozi taking to Twitter to discuss the complexities of the issue writing, "I'm just sad that Africans from other countries are mad at us. Law-abiding [South Africans] don't feel safe here either. No normal person can be happy that this is happening. Who is safe when violence erupts? Who wants to live in a city on fire?"

Earlier this week the Football Association of Zambia cancelled a friendly match between their national team and South Africa's Bafana Bafana.

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Mumbi Kasumba's 'You And I' Will Ease You Into the Week

The Zambian singer-songwriter, who's previously been featured in Rafiki, will put you in a dreamlike haze.

Mumbi Kasumba is a rising Zambian singer-songwriter and guitar player.

You may have heard her alluring songs—which blend elements of folk, jazz and soul—in Wanuri Kahiu's film Rafiki, the first Kenyan movie to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mumbi Kasumba is now sharing her latest single "You And I," a serene composition crafted out of her airy vocal delivery and tight guitar picking, that will put you in a dreamlike haze. The song was produced by Tan Brown, who also contributes some additional vocals.

"This song was inspired by friendship and love in it's purest form," Kasumba mentions. "A dedication to all the people who see the best in us when we forget who we are. If you have just ONE of those in your life, you're wealthy in the most important way."

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Sampa The Great Returns With Stunning New Song and Video 'Final Form'

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Sampa The Great is back with her first single of the year, the hard-hitting "Final Form."

On "Final Form" the artist rhymes fiercely over grand production, offering soulful '70s funk vibes and a message of black power. "Great state I'm in, in all states I'm in, I might final form in my melanin," she declares confidently on the song's chorus.

The vibrant music video was shot in Zambia and Botswana, where Sampa was born and raised, respectively. The striking visual features dancers performing on the street and in the market and tons of colorful ambiance. Sampa serves up a number of bold looks as she performs the song in multiple settings throughout the two countries.

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Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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