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Music icon, Madonna donates to Morocco’s earthquake charity

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American pop music icon, Madonna, has further cemented her ties with Morocco after she made a donation to the Moroccan Earthquake Relief Charity, Human Appeal, following the devastating earthquake that hit the Al Haouz region last week.

Madonna, who announced the donation via her Instagram account, expressed her “heartfelt connection” with the North African country, stating that the donation was to aid urgent on-the-ground relief efforts in the affected regions.

The music star, who said she had fond memories of her several visits to Morocco, also expressed her love for the country.

“Morocco holds a special place in my heart, and the country has now experienced its most devastating earthquake in over 60 years,” she wrote.

The singer also took a moment to reminisce about the precious memories she had made during her visits to the country, noting that her deep connection to Morocco was palpable, as she had often expressed her appreciation for the rich and diverse culture Morocco had to offer.

“I will never forget the beautiful moments I shared with friends and family over the years in Morocco! A beautiful and Magical Place!” she said.

The singer further urged her followers and fans to join her in making a difference by donating to relief efforts to assist the affected communities.

“I am calling on my fans around the world to help in any way you can,” she called.

The earthquake, the strongest to hit Morocco since 1960, leaving behind untold destruction, with over 3,000 people confirmed killed, and over 5,000 injured, while thousands of others have have their sources of livelihood destroyed.

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South African singer Tyla clears air on race controversy, accepts being a black woman

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Grammy award-winning South African singer, Tyla, has cleared the air on a recent controversy surrounding her race as being either a coloured or a black woman.

The “Water” crooner, who made the clarification during an appearance on New York City’s Power 105.1 radio morning show, “The Breakfast Club”, hosted by controversial hosts, Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Jess Hilarious, accepted that she was truly a black woman rather than coloured.

During the interview, the hosts probed the singer about her racial identity as a coloured woman from South Africa, to which her management asked that she not touch on the topic.

During the last leg of the conversation which mostly focused on her global crossover and musical growth, Charlamagne switched gears abruptly from discussing Tyla’s work-life balance to her identity.

“School me on these debates that they be having about your identity as a South African Coloured person. What does that even mean?”

“I have never denied my blackness, I don’t know where that came from. I’m mixed with black/Zulu, Irish, Mauritian/Indian and coloured.

“In ‘Southa’ I would be classified as a coloured woman and other places I would be classified as a black woman. Race is classified differently in different parts of the world,” Tyla was quoted as saying.

Writing on her X handle after the interview, she said:

“I don’t expect to be identified as coloured outside ‘Southa’ by anyone not comfortable doing so because I understand the weight of that word outside SA.

“To close this conversation, I’m both coloured in South Africa and a black woman. With that being said, Asambeee,” she added in Zulu which means “let’s go.”

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Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ breaks US record with one billion streams

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Nigerian Afrobeats sensation, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has broken another music record after his hit song, “Calm Down”, became the first African song to earn one billion on-demand streams in the United States.

According to American Music Stats Company, Chart Data, “Calm Down” earned over one billion on-demand streams in the US in a new compilation of streams on different musical genres.

Since its release in 2022, the single has garnered attention even with its remixx featuring Selena Gomez, soaring to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat rarely seen for Afrobeats tracks.

The single was also the first Afrobeats song to top the American radio chart, making it the first song in its category to achieve this and in turn, making Rema the first African artiste to achieve such feat.

“This is phenomenal for the Afrobeats community and Africa at large,” Chart Data wrote on X.

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