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Malawi bans South African dancer, Zodwa Wabantu, from entering country over erotic dance moves

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The government of Malawi has banned South African dancer and entertainer, Zodwa Wabantu, from coming into the country to perform because her raunchy and erotic dance moves.

The Malawian Ministry of Tourism and Culture in a memo to the show organisers stopping Wabantu from entering the country, said her explicit dance moves are out of tune with the country’s moral standards.

The controversial South African celebrity has made a career and international recognition from her raunchy and suggestive dancing styles which include wearing revealing clothes and often going on stage without any underwear.

She was scheduled for a performance in the southern Malawian city of Blantyre on June 11, but the show’s organisers put up a statement on Saturday afternoon to say they have received communication from the country’s censorship board that the South African will not be allowed to enter the country.

The country’s Tourism and Culture Minister, Micheal Usi, also told a local newspaper that he backed the decision to stop Wabantu from coming into the country.

The newspaper quoted the Minister as saying that he had received numerous calls from local women opposed to the South African performing in Malawi and there was no way she would be allowed into the country on the back of such widespread complaints.

“Imagine if she came to perform and undressed on stage, what will all those women think of me?” The Minister was quoted.

Malawi, a secular state with a liberal constitution that guarantees freedom of expression, however, remains culturally conservative with most citizens leaning towards the Christian faith and frowns at attitude they deem not confirming to them.

This is not the first time Wabantu would be sanctioned by an African country as she was stopped from entering Zimbabwe in 2017, while Zambia deported her in 2018 ovet similar issues of performing raunchy dance moves and performing waves for the fact that she performs without wearing panties.

Wabantu whose real name is Rebecca Libram, started dancing in night clubs in South Africa and has over the last fear years become a popular dancer and television personality.

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Senegal: Thousands explorers visit as African arts dazzle at Dakar Biennale 2022

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The 2022 edition of the Dakar Biennale, an art festival in Senegal has come to an end after a month of exhibition of some art pieces from the West African country.

The Biennale, which opened last month and runs through June 21, is the zenith of the city’s ebullient cultural calendar, drawing in artists, collectors and trendsetters from across the world.

This year’s edition featured artists like Johanna Ziemer works as a playwright, translator, Serigne Boyer is a graffiti artist, Zhang Yanzi, Stephanie J. Woods, Ytasha L. Womack amongst others

The Technical Director of Dakar Biennale, Abdou Diouf said that the edition lived up to expectation as it was widely attended with visitors numbering almost half of a million.

“The Dakar Biennale this year has kept all its promises. We had between 450 and 460 thousand visitors unlike in 2018. We had over 180 thousand visitors at the main expo site. So I think it is truly a great success.,” said Abdou Diouf.

“I think that it is also a challenge, a stake. We must manage to maintain this course, so that the universe, the environment, and I would even say the world of art can consider Dakar the capital of plastic arts,” said Diouf.

The Biennale has been established by the State of Senegal since 1989 with a first edition dedicated to literature in 1990, it was later reserved for contemporary art during the second edition in 1992 before being definitively devoted to contemporary African creation from 1996.

 

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Nigerian music star, Wizkid, hits milestone as Billboard names him longest African artist on top 10 chart

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Nigerian singing sensation, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has hit another milestone as Billboard named him the longest-charting African artist on its Top 10.

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ was also named the longest charting African album and together they combined to make Wizkid the longest-charting African artiste ever on the Billboard platform.

The announcement by Billboard is a further confirmation of Wizkid’s success on the African continent and in the United States, and is another feather to his severally decorated musical cap.

And with his next album ‘More Love, Less Ego’ on the way, Wizkid will be looking to further break new ground internationally.

‘Essence’ which features Nigerian songstress, Tems, has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

The track ‘Essence’ which features songstress Tems has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

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