News Brief

Zimbabwe: Zuma Calls for ‘Calm and Restraint’

Zuma is not for the unconstitutional takeover of Zimbabwe.

South African president Jacob Zuma has expressed hope that developments in Zimbabwe would not lead to unconstitutional changes of Government as that would be contrary to both SADC and African Union positions.


This is according to a statement released by The Presidency this morning after ZBC, Zimbabwe's state broadcaster, was taken over by soldiers.

The president, who is also the chair of the SADC, according to the statement, "has urged the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Defense Force to resolve the political impasse amicably and has urged the Zimbabwean Defense Force to ensure that the maintenance of peace and security in the country is not compromised."

You can read the full statement here, and follow our coverage of the situation in Zimbabwe here.

Music

Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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