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Khadija Saye: rising 24 year-old Gambian artist loses life in Grenfell fire

The Grenfell Tower fire is definitely a tragedy, which has taken the lives of many people including emerging and talented Gambian artist Khadija Saye. The tragedy has claimed 79 people so far, among them Khadija and her mother who lived on the 20th floor of the building. Khadija’s work is currently exhibited at the Venice Biennale and had attracted a number of top gallery directors. Her death at the age of 24 is a painful loss considering how she portrayed the Wolof culture in her works.

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Nigeria’s Romeo Oriogun awarded Brunel International African Poetry Prize

Nigeria’s Romeo Oriogun was announced the winner of the The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, in a unanimous decision by the judges. Oriogun received £3,000. Romeo’s win came as a surprise to him. The Brunel International African Poetry prize received 1,200 submissions out of which only 10 made the shortlist. We wish him the best in his literary career.

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Moreira Chonguica and Manu Dibango release an album M&M

When two seasoned African jazz musicians come together to play music, what you end up getting is an unforgettable musical experience. Mozambican saxophonist, Moreira Chonguiça collaborated with Cameroonian jazz maestro Manu Dibango in a 10 track album that took five years of discussions. The album titled M & M was released at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on the 31st of March. The songs are a remarkable mix of well known old jazz standards with an African twist.

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South Africa: Cape Town International Jazz Festival kicks off

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), one of the largest jazz festivals in Africa kicks off today in South Africa. The festival will feature South African, African and international artists. Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the CTIJF will run for two days with a mix of jazz performances from stars including Manu Dibango (Cameroon), Jonas Gwangwa (SA), Judith Sephuma (SA), Kamasi Washington (USA), and Andra Day (USA), among others.