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Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature, award eludes Kenyan great Ngugi wa Thiong’o
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Lifestyle Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature, award eludes Kenyan great Ngugi wa Thiong’o

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 has been awarded to American songwriter, and singer Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The award has caused a deep consternation amongst African social media users who feel seminal Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o deserved to win the Prize.

Remembering Fela Kuti: 10 quotes
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Lifestyle Remembering Fela Kuti: 10 quotes

15 October marks the birth of legendary Nigerian musical genius Fela Kuti, born on the day in 1938. The doyenne of Afrobeat, Fela achieved greatness and his music certainly lives on. Kuti was a fierce human rights and political activist who dedicated his life to fighting inequality, injustice, and cultural imperialism through his music. As the Felabration festivities continue, we celebrate Fela’s legacy and look at some of his well-known and inspirational quotes.

Finding your feet
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Lifestyle Finding your feet

Among the work being featured at the 2016 Shoko Festival, billed as Zimbabwe’s biggest festival of urban culture, is that of a dancer who was never expected to walk. Writer Kundai Marunya caught up with the inspirational Blessing Fire to hear his story.

Africa mourns Mandoza: Tributes pour in for South African Kwaito icon
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Lifestyle Africa mourns Mandoza: Tributes pour in for South African Kwaito icon

South Africa has lost one of its musical greats, with the death of Kwaito superstar Mandoza, whose real name is Mduduzi Tshabalala. Mandoza passed away in hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer which had spread to his brain. South Africa and the rest of the continent mourns the death of an African musical icon and tributes continue to pour in.

Remembering rap legend Tupac Shakur: 10 quotes
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Arts and Culture Remembering rap legend Tupac Shakur: 10 quotes

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary and seminal America rapper, and actor Tupac Shakur who passed away on 13 September 1996 (aged 25) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Undoubtedly a hip-hop icon, Tupac made and left an indelible mark on the world and influenced a generation of artists, with his acerbic and profound lyrics on urban life in America. We remember Tupac through his quotes, and excerpts from his music.