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Saxophone Legend, Manu Dibango, Dies After Contracting COVID-19

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Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango died on Tuesday after contracting the new COVID-19, his representatives have confirmed.

The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit “Soul Makossa”, is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19.

“He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region,” his music publisher Thierry Durepaire said.

A message on his official Facebook page confirmed that his death had come after he contracted COVID-19.

“His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organised when possible,” the message said.

The saxophonist was one of the pioneers of Afro-jazz and also fused funk with traditional Cameroonian music.

His biggest hit was the B-side of a song to support the Cameroon football team in the African Cup of Nations but was picked up and popularised by New York DJs.

With a catalogue of over 40 albums and several film soundtracks to his name, Dibango has enjoyed a music career spanning several continents over five decades, during which he has worked with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrel and the late, great, Grammy Award nominee – and Safaricom Jazz veteran – Hugh Masekela.

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“F*ck All Pastors & Imams And All So Called Men Of God” — 2Face Idibia

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Nigerian singer 2face Idibia has blasted Pastors and Imams, asking them to preach truth rather than asking for money or asking people to kill for God.

In a series of tweets, 2face Idibia advocated for a change in the education system in Africa which includes the religion and tribe.

He shared on his social media page;

we “AFRICA” Need 2 change our EDUCTION system. That includes religion and tribal nonsense.

My GOD no go tell me 2 collect money for am

My GOD no go tell me 2 fight or kill person for am

My GOD no weak like that.

My GOD don package everything keep, that’s why I get BRAIN, i no go turn the other chick again.

Fuck all PASTORS & IMAMS and all so called MEN of God!!

GOOD is GOOD and BAD is BAD

Preach TRUTH

Don’t be embarassing GOD everywhere

GOOD is GOOD BAD is BAD No ojoro. Use ya brain. ONE LOVE is the ONLY solution. There’s enough for everybody. Greed is the major problem.

Woke up 2 this sad news. Bless u MAJEK FASHEK. many of the new school artist might not grasp your importance but I appreciate what u represent in naija music history. RIP LION.

I know u and BABA FELA and RAS KIMONO…

GOOD is GOOD BAD/EVIL is BAD/EVIL CHOOSE which one u want. E no mean say make u mumu. GOD Give u brain. Use am.

I feel like wailing but my voice dey fail me. haba.

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Why I Didn’t Report My Rapist — Khafi Kareem

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BBNaija reality star, Khafi Kareem has joined the trending Twitter conversation about rape and sexual violence against women.

The reality star revealed that she was a victim but she never reported her rapist.

Explaining why she never reported her rapist, Khafi, who admitted that her rapist apologised right after the incident, said: ‘I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse.’

Khafi also said that she opened up to someone about the rape incident, but the person ended up blaming her for getting raped.

According to the reality star, she decided to share her story to give hope to other victims to speak up about their own experiences.

She wrote: ‘#WhyIDidntReport – because he apologised right after. Because I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse. Because the one person I did tell said I caused it. Because I felt dirty and ashamed. #WeAreTired.’

‘Yes, this did happen to me. I’m sharing in the hope that others will feel no shame in sharing what happened to them. Please don’t deflect or say it is not my story when it was already hard enough sharing it.’

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BREAKING: Music Legend, Majek Fashek Is Dead

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Legendary Nigerian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Majekodunmi Fasheke popularly known as Majek Fashek, has died.

According to reports, the “Send Down the Rain” crooner, aged 57 died in a hospital in New York on Monday June 1. Our sources are yet to confirm the cause of his death.

He was born in Benin City to an Edo mother and a Ijesha father, but identifies with his Benin roots.

In the early eighties Fashek, who at the time went by the stage name Rajesh Kanal, joined the group Jastix with McRoy Gregg, and Drummer Black ‘Rice. They were best known as the in-house band on the show Music Panorama on NTA Benin, and toured with fellow reggae group The Mandators.

In 1988, shortly after Jastix disbanded Fashek, who now used the name Majek Fashek, signed with Tabansi Records and began a solo career by releasing the album Prisoner of Conscience and quickly became Nigeria’s top reggae artist after the song “Send Down The Rain” became the most popular song of the year, and in 1989 he won six PMAN awards for “Song of the Year”, “Album of the Year”, and “Reggae Artist of the Year” among others.

Fashek was married to Rita Fashek who inspired the song “Without You”; the couple had four children together, but have since divorced. In 2015, it was revealed that Fashek was bankrupt and battling drug addiction. After admitting that he needed help, he was admitted into a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja, but has since recovered, and returned to music.

Besides his struggle with drug addiction, other health conditions required his hospitalization on several occasions. He was rumored dead in September 2019 but his manager quelled the rumors, confirming that Majek had indeed been critically ill, hospitalized at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, England, and in dire need of financial assistance

The ‘rain maker’ as he his fondly called has has worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

Majek’s life and work are still prominently celebrated by Nigerian music fans and beyond. His legacy of excellence in music and worldwide impact through instrumentation will live imminently.

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