#Zimbabwe | #Mugabe | #Mnangagwa | #Tajamuka
Amidst recent social upheaval, internet shutdown and government crackdown we tried to find an answer to whether Zimbabwe’s current woes are the product of former president Robert Mugabe’s ghost still lingering in the battered country. For this we delved into the country’s recent history ending up interviewing the leader of the Tajamuka social justice movement, Mr. Promise Mkwananzi. Take your time for this lengthy read and very insightful interview we had with Mr. Mkwananzi.
#Nigeria | #Books | #Biafra | #BokoHaram | #Brexit
Personal Perspectives is an interview series, a platform on which we invite people to share their perspective on issues that affect us all. UbuntuFM recently linked up with Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, writer, journalist and intellectual of note from Nigeria.
Abubakar is a Nigerian writer and journalist. He is the author of the novel Season of Crimson Blossoms and the short story collection, The Whispering Trees. A 2013 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow and 2015 Civitella Ranieri Fellow, he was shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing, 2013 and won the BBC African Performance Prize, The Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is also listed in the Hay Festival Africa 39 list of the most promising sub-Saharan African writers under 40. He writes for the Daily Trust newspaper in Abuja.
#SouthAfrica | #Soul | #Books | Soul Brothers
This is the befitting title of the book written by Sydney Fetsie Maluleke, a young man from Giyani in Limpopo Province of South Africa. He is currently based in Johannesburg where is working as an educator. Sydney grew up in a home of music. His father John Maluleke has been a great fan of Soul Brother for over 40 years. He has followed the group since its inception in 1976 up to this day.
UbuntuFM gets in touch with Ogoo following the release of her latest single, ‘Onye Isi Oma (The Lucky One)’ and ‘You Are Mine’. In this exclusive interview with UbuntuFM’s Ikenna Okeh, Ogoo talks about being a music artist in modern Nigeria, her career, #MeToo and the effect of digitization on the local music scene.
Ogochukwu Oye better know as "Ogoo" grew up in a close-knit Nigerian family that hails from Awka in Anambra State. Years after practising law as a certified Barrister, Ogoo decided to pursue her first love and passion “Music”. Her passion for music has always been there since a baby. Her Mum told her that as a three-year-old, she would sing and dance with drummers whenever she hear drum beats. She grew musically by joining a choir at a tender age and even though she was studying, she ensured her music grew as she grew individually. So let's hear from Ogoo!
Richard Ali | #History | #Biafra | #Secessionism | #Xenophobia | #NetNeutrality | #Nigeria
Mr. Ali informs us on book publishing in Africa and his experiences in Europe in that field. When we shift themes, Mr. Ali unfolds his perspective on other matters like the digital revolution, secessionism, xenophobia, modern history, the role of governments, politicians and intellectuals against an African-European backdrop.
UbuntuFM's King Vusi Mavuthela talked to Saggy Saggila, the stage name of the legendary musician, songwriter and producer of note, Richard Siluma, cousin to legend Lucky Dube.
Richard was born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. When growing up, he was influenced by his father Aphius Siluma who was singing Imbube music.
He left home 1976 for Johannesburg to pursue his musical ambitions. It was not going to be easy but luckily he landed a job at Gallo Records. His first job was at the warehouse where he was packaging music. That went on until he was given a chance to produce for artists.