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What is Going on in Harare?—We Talk to Zimbabweans in the Capital.

Images of violence breaking out in Harare are flooding social media, we reached out to hear from those in Harare.

Today cellphone videos of opposition protesters in central Harare being violently suppressed by Zimbabwean armed forces tore through social media. The protestors had gathered to oppose the election results showing a win in parliament for the ruling Zanu-PF party and were met by fleets of armored vehicles and soldiers alleged to be using live firepower.


George Karekwaivanane, an academic researcher reached in Harare told OkayAfrica,

"I was in town from around 12 midday and then left around 4:30 pm when the police and the army started clearing people out. I was initially following the protests at the MDC headquarters then I heard gunshots further down and I went to the fourth street area.

There was a lot of excitement in the atmosphere, the police vans were parked close by and people were toyi toying up and down the stretch of Nelson Mandela near the headquarters. What was remarkable about the scene was the protest and the close proximity of dozens of police vans and the infamous water cannons which in the past were a signal to flee."

Zivaishe, a student currently in Harare who preferred not to give her last name, told us that she has been keeping up with the news from messages and photos being circulated by friends on Whatsapp.

"Shots are going down in town right now. They are taking down all the Mnangagwa billboards by hand and the army has taken out the tanks. Police are beating demonstrators. The family is glued to the telly, and don't want anyone to leave because they might announce the presidential elections tonight and they fear a curfew. Anyone 'congregating illegally' will be arrested," she said.


She is one of many Harare residents who are waiting inside, away from the protests anxiously waiting for the results of the presidential poll. When I asked her if these protests seemed different from previous elections she responded,

"I think people are really angry but now feel like they have nothing to lose. Even when I went to the rally and was in town over the weekend, everyone was speaking freely, wearing MDC party regalia, actually stopping journalists and allowing then to film and take quotes. So this time there is a sense that Zanu and ZEC can't get away with this again."

The election results are anticipated to be coming out tomorrow and the army has been clearing people out of the city center in Harare today. Earlier Karekwainane tweeted a photo of a soldier who said to him, "Famba muende. Harare haisi majority. Majority iri kumusha" (Walk away. Harare is not the majority. The majority is in the rural areas).


Karekwainane continues, "We haven't heard anything about a curfew as yet, but several people were not planning to come to work tomorrow. I think the security forces are likely to be deployed across Harare tomorrow especially as the presidential results are going to start being announced soon."

**These photos have not been verified.


What is Going on in Harare?

Images of violence breaking out in Harare are flooding social media, we reached out to hear from those in Harare.



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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (October)

Featuring Medikal, Kuami Eugene, Juls, Bisa Kdei and more.

In October 2020, Ghana's most talented artists and producers came through as usual and blessed us with several songs and projects that have been the soundtrack of our month.

This month we had hot new additions to Ghana's very popping drill scene, career-defining albums, career-reviving hits, #EndSARS themed songs, and so much more. We give you the cream of the crop right here. Check out our best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Interview: Master KG Talks 'Jerusalema' and Taking Bolobedu House to the World

Prolific South African artist Master KG talks about the international success of 'Jerusalema' , his next music project and hints at an epic collaboration with a certain music heavyweight.

If you haven't heard about South African musician and DJ Master KG then you have definitely been living under a gigantic rock for the past few months. With the international success of his 2019 release "Jerusalema" featuring Nomcebo Zikode, whether you're in America or Europe, New Zealand or Africa, Master KG is an artist on everyone's playlists––and for good reason.

The 24-year-old Limpopo-born artist is behind the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge that has seen fans across the world participating not only for social media but even as "team building" exercises at their various workplaces. Admittedly, as the world continues to figure out what life alongside the COVID-19 pandemic looks like, Master KG's music has provided a much-needed moment of reprieve for so many people other than just South Africans.

Aside from "Jerusalema" however, Master KG has a number of hits within his extensive discography in the uniquely South African bolobedu house genre, a "mixture of Afro house instrumentals and bolobedu melodies usually sung with high-pitched autotune (a staple in the subgenre)". Tracks like "Skeleton Move", "Waya Waya" and "Di Boya Limpopo" have become almost anthemic for South Africans particularly during the festive season. For this, Master KG has received and been nominated for several awards including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act and Best Male Southern Africa at the African Muzik Magazine Awards (Afrimma). And while he was surprisingly snubbed at this year's South African Music Awards (SAMAs), it's quite evident that that was a huge mistake on their part and one they won't be making again.

We caught up with Master KG to talk about the international sensation that "Jerusalema" has become, some of the other major projects he's working on, repping hard for Limpopo and how he's hoping to take bolobedu house to the rest of the world.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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