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South Africa Mourns Iconic Cultural Ambassador, Joseph Shabalala

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South Africa Mourns Iconic Cultural Ambassador, Joseph Shabalala

Joseph Shabalala, founder of the multi-Grammy-award-winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, died on Tuesday and is being mourned all over South Africa and around the world.  He was 78.

Shabalala’s group is renowned for its acapella singing style that has made it South Africa’s most recognized music group of global repute.  Shabalala founded the group in 1964.  It became world famous and successfully collaborated with many big industry names like Paul Simon on “Graceland” album in 1986.

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The group was on tour in the united states when its leader died at home.  Ladysmith Black Mambazo says it celebrates and honors its founder’s kind heart and extraordinary life.  It says Shabalala will live forever through his music and the millions with whom he had come in contact.

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Nigerian Burna Boy Loses Grammy Award To Beninese, Angélique Kidjo

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Nigerian Burna Boy Loses Grammy Award To Beninese, Angélique Kidjo

Nigerian singer Burna Boy has lost his chance of becoming a Grammy award winner to four time Grammy award winner Angélique Kidjo from Benin Republic.

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Burna boy was nominated alongside the Beninese singer in best world music category of the U.S. Music awards on Sunday night.

Her album Celia won her the award. The Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo has dedicated her Grammy award to the Nigerian singer Burna Boy.

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In her speech, Kidjo said “this is for Burna Boy.”

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Akon Targets Senegal’s Tourism In Latest African Project

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Akon Targets Senegal's Tourism In Latest African Project

R&B singer Akon has identified tourism as a potential area of investment on the African continent.

The Senegalese-American singer has championed different projects over the years, notably lighting Africa that aims to provide electricity to 600 million Africans.

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Senegal’s state-owned tourism company SAPCO has signed a deal with Akon to build a sustainable tourism village that would campaign for the environment.

SAPCO secretary general Aliune Ndiaye says the deal was a memorandum of understanding, so the size of the future investment is still unclear. Ndiaye said Akon plans to build a complex in the seaside village of Mbodiene, some 120 kilometres south of the capital Dakar.

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South Africa: Yvonne Chaka Chaka Denies Being Deported From Uganda

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South Africa: Yvonne Chaka Chaka Denies Being Deported From Uganda

South African music super star legend, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, had denied being deported from Uganda where she was scheduled to perform at a new year’s concert.  She announced on social media that she left the country on her own.

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But Ugandan authorities had said the singer was sent home because of visa issues.  She said on social media, “not deported, not arrested, not captured, everything is fine; everything is in order.”

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Rumors have been swirling that Chaka Chaka was deported because of her public support for Ugandan musician and political opposition leader, Bobi Wine.

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