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Zimbabwe Becomes Second African Country to Legalize Marijuana Cultivation

The government will allow individuals and businesses to grow marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

Zimbabwe is the second African nation to legalize marijuana cultivation, reports Reuters.

The country's Minister of Health David Parirenyatwa announced the government's plan to allow individuals and businesses licenses to grow marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

The five-year license permits growers to produce, possess and sell marijuana, which is known locally as mbanje. Those convicted of past drug offenses are not eligible to apply.


Prior to this ruling, marijuana was illegal in Zimbabwe, those caught with it in their possession faced up to 12 years in prison.

Last year, Lesotho—where marijuana is the main cash crop—granted Africa's first legal marijuana license to a South African medical company.

According to the United Nation's 2017 World Drug Report, the continent is second only to the U.S. in marijuana consumption.

For more on the legalization of weed on the continent, revisit the piece "What Would Legal Marijuana Look Like On the Continent."

UPDATE: According to journalist, Hopewell Chin'ono It appears that gaining a license will set growers back $50,000. He tweeted a picture of what, appears to be, a copy of the application, which lists a cost of $50,000 to produce marijuana, a $20,000 renewal application, a $5,000 fee to conduct marijuana research and more.

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Tekno Recruits Mafikizolo in New Remix of 'Enjoy' & Music Video

Tekno has dropped the remix to 'Enjoy' featuring South African Afropop duo, Mafikizolo. The Nigerian artist has also shared the vibrant accompanying visuals for the remix.

Tekno has recently dropped the remix to his upbeat and electric single "Enjoy" which was released towards the end of last year. The Nigerian artist has now enlisted South African Afropop duo, Mafikizolo, who have added their signature flair to both the remix itself and the accompanying visuals. The remix comes after Tekno's most recent single "Kata" which dropped last year as well as his debut 14-track album, Old Romance.
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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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Watch YoungstaCPT's New Music Video for 'Kleurling'

YoungstaCPT explores, with great profundity, the complexity of Coloured identity and culture in his latest music video for 'Kleurling'.

South African rapper YoungstaCPT has released the music video for his track "Kleurling". The song features on his debut album 3T, the 22-track project which dropped in 2019. While "Kleurling" translates from Afrikaans to "Coloured", a member of a specific racial group in South Africa, the rapper has revealed his aversion to the term because of its historical implications. The visuals for the track, however, are an exquisite passage through Coloured identity, culture and origin with the cinematic execution to match.

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Muzi has released astonishing afro-futuristic visuals for his latest electro fusion single 'Interblaktic', off his forthcoming album.