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The Next Animated Netflix Original Will be Inspired by Zimbabwean Culture & Mythology

16th February 2019 BY checkoutafrica

The next story to come out as a Netflix original will be animated musical based on African culture after the streaming giant won a four-way bidding battle for the film. Titled “Tunga” and written by Zimbabwean born screenwriter, Godwin Jabangwe, the family-friendly musical draws inspiration from Shona mythology and culture, highlighting the life of a young girl named Tunga, who, after…

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Dozens of Gold Panners in Zimbabwe Feared Dead After Heavy Rains

14th February 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Dozen of gold miners in Zimbabwe are feared dead after heavy rainfall caused floods in two mines. As police rescue teams continue to try and pump out the water and search for any bodies or survivors, worried family members have been waiting at the site of the two mines near the town of Kadoma, hoping to find their loved ones. According…

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Soweto Gospel Choir Wins Grammy For Best World Music Album

11th February 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Fresh from joining Beyonce on stage at the Global Citizen Festival in December, it was a night of celebration for The Soweto Gospel Choir as they snagged their third Grammy at last nights 61st Grammy Awards. Taking home the award for the Best World Music Album for their “Freedom” titled album, the group, which was originally formed to celebrate the unique…

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Cultural Appropriation: Should Western Brands Use African Prints?

11th February 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

What is Cultural Appropriation?  According to the Cambridge dictionary, it is ‘the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture’ So my question to you guys is, is it appropriate for western brands such as the Stella McCartney to use Ankara/ African Wax prints in their designs or is it cultural appropriation? Where do we draw the line between appreciation…

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Angola Decriminalises Homosexuality

3rd February 2019 BY checkoutafrica

In a move to be progressive and catch up with the rest of the world, Angola becomes the latest African country to decriminalized homosexuality. Adopting a new penal code that rids of the ‘vices against nature’ provision which the discrimination of LGBTQ Angolans was hinged on, specifically on matters of healthcare, employment and education – individuals who are caught discriminating…

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