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Mzansi Celebs Add Their Voices To #FeesMustFall

South African celebrities have taken to the streets to show their support to the student protests as part of the #FeesMustFall movement

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South African celebrities have taken to the streets, engaged on social media, released songs and everything in between as part of their bid to support South African students as they take to key political institutions of power to demand that fee increments that could results in thousands of poor students dropping out be done away with. They are also calling for the bigger mandate to make education free in South Africa. Read more about the full memorandum presented at Luthuli House HERE

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As we discussed in this article earlier this week, there were some debates around the involvement of celebrities in the protests. Will they come on board to hog all the attention, will they be doing it for public relations and keeping up of appearances? Or should they be welcomed with open arms as members of society who can use their platform to echo the sentiments of the students and their plight?

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Explaining the reason behind the release of the song FeesMustFall that was unveiled on Thursday with Mashayabhuqe, Durban rapper Aewon Wolf said the protests hit very close to home because he was denied the opportunity to continue his studies because he could not afford the exorbitant costs. Thus, him standing in full support with the students is not just about displays of solidarity, it is also about making sure the unfortunate blow he was dealt does not haunt anyone else in the future.

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Simphiwe Dana joined students from the University of Witwatersrand on Monday to affirm their spirit and add her voice. There, she explained that her presence there was more than just about helping the movement gain more traction because of her fame. Really, she is a member of the South African community and for her, our silence and lack of support made little sense. The broader community needs to rally behind the students as they show bravery.

Other celebrities including the likes of DJ Black Coffee, Lerato Kganyago, David Tlale, Chad Da Don and Cassper Nyovest have also added their voice in saying the student’s concerns should be taken seriously.

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Big Details on Burna Boy’s Upcoming Album

Diddy, Timbaland and Anderson Paak have production credits on the project.

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Burna Boy Twice As Tall album 2020
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Burna Boy’s fans will be thrilled to know that his 5th album lands on August 13th. Following on the success of his critically lauded African Giant, which earned the Nigerian Afrobeats hitmaker a Grammy nomination, Burna’s looming project will arrive in a world that is ready to give him his flowers.

In an interview with the New York Times, the Gum Body singer and rapper revealed a few details pertaining to the album.

Entitled Twice as Tall, the tape will find the 29-year-old collaborating with a bevy of America’s most sought after producers to deliver material that will premiere to an audience that is spread across the world.

Twice as Tall is executive produced by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who is responsible for some of the biggest careers such as Notorious B.I.G, Jennifer Lopez and amongst other best selling megastars, Mary J. Blige. From this alone one can glean that the album will be aiming at the perfecting balancing of his Afrofusion sound with elements that will take him much further on the Billboard charts.

And Diddy was happy to confirm in the interview that they are working on nothing less than a hit album. “A lot of times when an artist wants to be coached or pushed to maybe a greater level, that’s where I’ve come in,” he said. “He, as every artist, he wants his music to be heard by the world…”

Along with Diddy, Timbaland and Anderson Paak also boast production credits.

Burna Boy is adding the final touches to the album, which he said was completely guided the “spirits”. It was recorded mostly during the pandemic, the album will draw sonic influences Nigeria, South Africa, Jamaica and the US.

Guest appearances include Naughty by Nature, Sauti Sol and Senegalese legend Youssou N’Dour. Fans can expect a Zulu choir, electro influences, alternative R&B and organic instruments from West Africa and Zimbabwe.

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Bonang’s TV Special Headed To The Small Screen

Her life, her style, her rules.

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Bonang Matheba

A few years ago, Bonang Matheba hinted to the filming of a TV special chronicling her international travels as she sought to achieve global domination.

The year is 2017; she’s banging out big projects back to back. Her reality show, ‘Being Bonang’, is airing its second season, she’s recently published an autobiography, an app unlocking new access to her life.

She’s also filming a documentary about the rise of social media personality influence and, at the time unbeknownst to us, is secretly working on her own brand of bubbly.

And the project, which for a while seemed to have disappeared from the radar, finally has a premiere date!

Entitled A Very Bonang Year,  the docuseries is slated to debut on August 1st at 18:00 on SABC 1. It will also be decked out in two delicious episodes showcasing the glamourous powerhouse’s bid to take over the earth.

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Amonge Sinxoto Featured Amongst Global Influential Thinkers On BBC Rethink Podcast

Global Thought Leader Recognised on BBC Podcast.

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Amonge Sinxoto got the best co-sign for her social impact as a thought leader. The teenage social entrepreneur and co-founder of Blackboard Africa was recognised as an influential thought leader on BBC podcast.

The BBC World Service asked “thinkers” from across the globe to imagine the most inspirational and meaningful changes that might result from the coronavirus crisis under the “Rethink” title for their Rethink podcast. Amonge is featured alongside The Pope, The Dalai Lama, Caleb Femi, Lady Hale, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Andy Murray and the South Korean foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha.

The BBC’s Rethink podcast series are short essays sent in by the likes of academics, philosophers, national security advisers, and poets. Named amongst the 100 Most Influential Young South Africans of 2019 by leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media, earlier this year, Global Teen Leader and game changer, Amonge remains one of the most important voices of her generation.

The social activist took to Instagram to share the news.

 

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“It has been interesting to see the urgency with which the world closed up shop to prioritize the preservation of life. However, it makes me sad to know that the pandemic of systemic racism has plagued black people for hundreds of years, with nothing as swift and decisive done to mitigate the problem. Women in South Africa have also been living in a pandemic for years. 40% of women in South Africa are predicted to experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. That is a Pandemic!” The real test of progress is the action and initiatives that come AFTER awareness is created. Progress to me will be when the “new normal” entails preservation of life for ALL. BBC World Service asked “thinkers” from across the globe to imagine the most inspirational and meaningful changes that might result from the coronavirus crisis under the Rethink title. BBC’s Rethink podcast series are short essays sent in by academics, philosophers, national security advisers, and poets. The South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha, Andy Murray, The Pope, The Dalai Lama, Caleb Femi, Lady Hale, Kwame Anthony Appiah and myself to name a few. Listen to my podcast as well as that of other influential thinkers on the BBC (link in bio) Thank you to my @wearefamilyfdtn fam and @jessteutonico for facilitating this

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You can listen to Amonge’s Rethink podcast titled “Rethinking Safety” here.

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