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Malian music icon, Salif Keita, calls on African countries to do more to protect albinos

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Award winning Malian music icon, Salif Keita, has urged African countries to do more to protect people living with albinism following a spate of ritual killing of albinos in many countries on the continent.

Keita, himself an albino, has been able to carve a niche for himself in the African music industry and has often used his music to campaign for the rights of people living with the condition.

The music star who has more than 25 albums to his credit with many successful titles such as “Folon” “Mandjou”, “Yamore” amongst others, said while promoting his forthcoming
soundtrack, “Tomorrow-Ali,” which features a documentary tracing the journey of legendary world boxing champion, Muhammad Ali, that killing of albinos for any reason must be stopped by all means.

“The situation of albinos must be better known throughout the world,” the world acclaimed Malian singer said while on a tour of Turkey.

“The defense of the cause of albinos requires more support on all forms in order to be able to deter those involved in inhumane treatment.

“This year, five albinos were sacrificed in Mali. During election time, the situation is more serious. When there is an election, we try to keep them safe to avoid the worst.

“When a big personality asks to sacrifice an albino, he is not punished because he has the power. We need the rest of the world to join our cause so that we can punish those involved in albino sacrifices.

“If being albino remains a difficult situation to live both in terms of health and social in Mali and even in other countries of the world, notable progress has been recorded.

“There is a change in the situation of albinos in Africa. Before, it was unknown to the masses. More and more, the problems they are going through are known and the masses are interested. I think there is a big change.

“On the other hand, there were difficulties of social insertion in school for example, cases of stigmatization among the masses. More and more, there is progress in the situation of albinos,” the African music legend said.

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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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