Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Croatia’s Luka Modric celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Modric scored once in Croatia’s 3-0 victory. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — After sweeping aside Lionel Messi and Argentina at the World Cup, Croatia’s next challenge is to stay grounded.The 3-0 victory over Argentina on Thursday was one of the most compelling performances of the tournament so far, taking the Croatians through to the knockout stages for only the second time and the first since 1998.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Now, Croatia expects this team to at least match the achievements of the celebrated ’98 group, which reached the semifinals in its first World Cup before losing to eventual champion France.READ: Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup; Croatia advancesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe first objective — progressing from the group — has been achieved in Russia.“We are ecstatic about it (but) … we should go game by game,” Croatia captain Luka Modric said. “Let’s not get euphoric. Let’s keep our feet firmly on the ground.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It will be hard for Croatians not to start dreaming after Modric’s spectacular long-range strike helped humble Argentina, a two-time world champion which has arguably the world’s best player in Messi.Croatia got a lucky break when Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero gifted it the first goal with a blunder. But Modric’s superb second, and a third from Ivan Rakitic in injury time, sent Croatia through.“We played a great game, and you need to play a great game to beat a great team,” Modric said.While guarding against complacency, Croatia had so many things to be delighted with.The defense kept Messi quiet, with the superstar a peripheral figure through much of the game. The midfield, anchored by Modric and Rakitic, is a contender for the best in the tournament. Striker Mario Mandzukic was a constant worry for Argentina’s defense. And Coach Zlatko Dalic’s tactics were perfect when it came to Messi.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “We were excellent, Dalic said. “We’ve done a lot of good things.“From Day 1, I’ve been trusting my team. Frankly speaking, I did not believe that we would be through after two games, but I did believe we would go through.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Chinese Olympic figure skating judges banned for bias
Business Minister Dominic Gaskin on Friday said the ban on scrap metal exportation will be reintroduced by the end of July, and he expects the Scrap Metal Bill to be tabled in the National Assembly before August.The minister made this announcement even as dealers patiently anticipate this piece of legislation, which would govern the sector, being enacted by year end.“We are currently in a period of resumption; and that comes to an end, I believe, by the end of this month,” the minister noted.The minister added that he hopes the bill is introduced before the National Assembly goes into recess in August, since, if that does not happen, it would mean that the bill would have to be tabled during the last quarter of the year.“There is draft legislation that is going to set up a new regime under which the scrap metal trade will be regulated. It (the legislation) is with the Attorney General’s Chambers. It has already passed through cabinet, so we are hoping we can get it tabled in the National Assembly before the recess in August. If not, it will have to wait until the last quarter of the year,” Gaskin pointed out.Gaskin said the Ministry of Business (MoB) is anticipating the new legislation being enacted before the end of the year, and that it would usher in ‘firm and solid’ management to regulate and monitor the scrap metal industry through the development of a managing body.Government approved a restart of the scrap metal trade during February 2017, after shuttering the industry one year prior. The main reason for this restart was to allow exporters to ship out their existing stock for a limited period of three months, thereby ensuring there was no stockpile of materials.However, in April 2018, after several months of delays and much criticism, Government was pressured to reopen the scrap metal trade on a limited basis to facilitate the clearing of some of the accumulated scrap metal across the country.The minister disclosed that a meeting was held with exporters and dealers to introduce them to a new system that the Business Ministry is trying to implement. According to him, it is a software-based system that was specially designed to help the MoB to monitor and regulate the trade once it resumes, thus creating a level playing field for all.Gaskin said the resumption of the trade would give the MoB opportunity to test the system to ensure that it works, and also to help clear some of the accumulated scrap metal that has been legitimately acquired.The scrap metal trade was suspended in June 15, 2015 due to a forensic audit of the Scrap Metal Unit (SMU) which monitors the trade.In 2016, Ram and McRae produced a report on its findings from the probe, revealing a string of irregularities, including the mishandling of packing procedures for scrap, and the expenditure of millions of dollars in the Scrap Metal Unit within the Central Housing and Planning Authority.Government has thus removed the responsibility of the trade from the Central Housing and Planning Authority to the Business Ministry.
The local Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Foundation is holding a fundraiser on Saturday. All funds raised will go towards reducing the financial impact of fighting the disease, on Fort St. John area cancer victims. As reported earlier, surviving cancer patients Wendy Pollack and Billy Reimer started the foundation last year on the premise that a cancer diagnosis is bad enough, without added financial treatment stress. – Advertisement -Saturday’s fundraising banquet and live auction at the Pomery Hotel, will be the Foudation’s first campaign, and it hopes to raise 20 thousand dollars.Project Manager Billy Reimer admits its an ambitious target, but he adds, even though the foundation is named for breast cancer, “all” cancer patients will be considered, for funding assistance. For December’s report on this story, click here.Advertisement
The Torrance Superior Court jury of 11 men and one woman deliberated nearly a day before finding Steven Lee Myrick guilty of residential burglary and two rape counts. The jury also found that a gun was used and that the rape occurred during a burglary while a victim was tied or bound. Jurors also found that the burglary was gang-related, but not the rape. Myrick, 41, didn’t show any reaction, but female family members in the courtroom sniffled as they were read. Myrick, whose record includes attempted robberies, a robbery and drug possession, returns to court Nov. 5 for sentencing. COURTS: Steven Lee Myrick was caught because his DNA was collected after he committed another crime. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER A gang leader and housing activist was convicted Tuesday of raping a Hawthorne woman during a burglary seven years ago in a case that remained unsolved until a DNA link emerged years later. He is facing multiple life terms, according to Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link. Link said outside court that the victim will be relieved by the verdicts. “No matter how many years have passed, it’s like yesterday for her,” Link said. “Thank goodness for DNA,” added Link, who heads the district attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit in Torrance. Myrick’s attorney, James Cooper, declined to comment. During the weeklong trial before Torrance Superior Court Judge Eric Taylor, the two victims testified about the crimes on June 18, 2000, in their apartment in the 13600 block of Yukon Avenue. D’Jana Matthews recalled how he answered a knock at his door in the middle of the night and let Jerome Blackburn, whom he knew, in to use the phone. Matthews said Blackburn was his neighbor’s friend. He said he and the neighbor went gambling about a week earlier, and his neighbor later asked him to hold a few hundred dollars he won. When the neighbor brought the money over, Blackburn was with him, Matthews said. A few days later, however, the neighbor came back and collected it. After Matthews let Blackburn in, Myrick and another man, Kenneth Dobson, followed. The trio demanded money. Then Myrick, who had a gun, pointed it at Matthews’ head and hit him with it. They tied him with a phone cord and piled clothes and speakers on top of him in the bedroom. While they ransacked the home, Matthews’ girlfriend, who was ordered to blindfold herself with a T-shirt, was raped twice. Dobson, who was later killed in a gang-related shooting, and Blackburn were convicted a year later for the burglary. But the rapist’s identity remained a mystery until a DNA cold hit in 2004. After Myrick was convicted of mooning officers outside of his Watts housing project during a demonstration, he was required to submit a sample of his DNA to a law enforcement database. A DNA expert testified during the trial that there was a one-in-110 quad-trillion chance that the biological evidence found on the female victim belonged to anyone other than Myrick. During closing arguments Monday, Cooper urged the jury to reject the DNA expert’s analysis as an “assumption” that can’t be validated. “He didn’t tell you what formula he used to come to this number,” Cooper said. Cooper also told the jury it should acquit his client because the female victim could not identify him, and he questioned how Matthews was able to pick Myrick out of a police photo lineup six years after the crime. “We don’t know what he could have learned in six years,” Cooper said. Also, because nobody mentioned gangs during the crime, Cooper told the jury that there was no evidence it was gang-related. Link told the jury that the evidence against Myrick was “absolutely overwhelming.” “Being raped in your home – in the place where you are supposed to feel the most safe – is a terrifying, miserable, humiliating experience,” Link said. “You should find him guilty because he did it,” the prosecutor said. “He did it because he thought he could get away with it. “I ask you to show him how wrong he is.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre All the restrictions mentioned carry penalties and fines for noncompliance from $50 for the first offense to $200 and termination of service for a fourth offense. I have no complaints about these restrictions, except one has to wonder who is enforcing them? I haven’t seen any vehicles belonging to the water police cruising my neighborhood handing out citations. Now with Phase II ready to take effect this week, which includes specific days and hours you may water your lawn depending on odd or even addresses and requiring customers to lessen their water usage by 10percent based on last year’s usage, one has to wonder how fair and equitable this program is without the enforcement to back it up. Are we customers supposed to be the finger-pointers reporting on our neighbors? Many of us have already been practicing water conservation for years by using water restricting shower heads and toilets and monitoring how we water our lawns and wash our cars. This plan rewards those who have wasted water for years by just letting them waste a little less by 10 percent and then 20 percent when these restrictions become even more strict on Dec. 1. Just in case no one has heard, we here in Southern California are in the midst of a severe drought. I, being a customer of Azusa Light and Water, was informed by mailer recently that Phase II of their Water Shortage Declaration will be implemented on Nov. 1 and Phase III is coming Dec. 1. For a detailed description, customers may go to www.azusalw.com. Phase I of this program has been in effect since May 1, which consisted of 13 various water conservation restrictions such as not letting water run down your driveway to the gutter, the day and time of day you may water your lawn, and how you must only use a hand-held bucket and only a hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle to wash your car. I think Azusa Light and Water dropped the ball here. If you are going to ration water, then ration it! Come up with the number of cubic feet of water that each household needs based on family size, similar to what the Gas Company and Edison do. Only after exceeding these numbers should penalties be assessed for over-consumption. Azusa Light and Water has only come up with a plan to unfairly charge the customers who have been dutifully practicing water conservation, while letting the ones who have wasted water all this time off the hook. Tom Nance West Covina Mouse guarding cheese The leaders of Iran say uranium enrichment is for electricity. That I have a hard time believing. That’s like asking the mouse to go guard the cheese. It is playing with fire. The United Nations told him to stop and he has not. Well, that’s like trying to say to the terrorists to stop attacking us, when they hate peace and love war. I say to the world leaders, wake up! The terrorists are a threat to peace. Marvin Palmer Jr. La Puente SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city wil hosting a Craft Fair and Penny Carnival from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday at Lake Center Athletic Park, 11641 E. Florence Ave. There will be carnival games and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. The games include a cupcake walk and bean bag toss. There will also be arts and crafts with all activities costing only a penny. There will also be a “kid zone” with inflatables and entertainment. Food and craft vendors will also be on hand with lots of goodies to buy at nominal fees. Admission is free. For more information, call (562)863-4896. Help decorate a parade float SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is accepting volunteer signups to decorate its 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade float. This year’s float, titled “Dia de los Muertos,” will be one of the largest floats in the parade, measuring 75 feet long and standing 30 feet at its peak. The float is representative of the holiday which is celebrated throughout the world. It is in keeping with the tournament’s theme, “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” The float, designed by award-winning float designer Raul Rodriguez, will feature marigolds, the most prominent flower used for decoration in Mexico on Dia de los Muertos. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and will be selected on a first-come basis. More than 600 community members volunteered to decorate the 2007 float entry. To register or for information call (562) 863-4896 or visit the Web at www.celebrate50thsantafesprings.org. Free flu shots for 18 and older MONTEBELLO – The Beverly Hospital 50+ Connection Program is offering free flu vaccines from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Wilkinson Resource Center, 2019 W. Whittier Blvd. The event is open to everyone 18 years and older. No reservations are required. For more information, call (323) 725-5033. Free flu shot clinic offered at center NORWALK – The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department offers a free flu shot clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. Seniors will be given priority. If you have an allergy to eggs or a serious illness, the county suggests you see your doctor regarding a flu shot. Contact the Whittier Health Center at (562) 464-5350 for information about the flu, flu vaccine or other clinic dates and locations. Concert series runs through May WHITTIER – The First United Methodist Church of Whittier presents the Fifth Annual Pollyanne Baxter Memorial Concert Series through May 18. Chip and the Monks will perform Dixieland-style church hymns at 4 p.m. Sunday at 13222 E. Bailey St. For more information, call (562) 698-0022. Fill shoeboxes for the needy Whittier Hills Baptist Church will be filling shoeboxes for needy children around the world through Nov. 18 at 16153 Russell St. It is part of the “Merry Christmas in Any Language” program. For more information, call (562) 943-1739 or (562) 947-4791. Women’s group plans luncheon WHITTIER – The Whittier Branch of the American Association of University Women will meet at 11 a.m. Nov. 17 in the special dining room at Marie Calender’s, 9829 La Serna Drive. Dr. Linda Camparo, associate professor of psychology at Whittier College and an authority on interviewing child witnesses, will discuss her research in interview techniques and the development of prejudice and stereotypes. The group’s monthly business meeting will follow the luncheon. Reservations at $17 may be made by Saturday online at email@example.com or by phone at (562) 693-8583. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
MENS FOOTBALLOur Senior and Reserve footballers return to action on Sunday, when N. Conaill travel to Connolly Park for the next round of games in the All County League. We will be hoping to build on our impressive start to the season after defeating Ardara in the opening game on Easter Sunday. N. Conaill tasted defeat in their opening game of the season going down by 4 points v Four Masters, but put that setback behind them when they recorded a 3 point win over Killybegs on Easter Sunday. The visitors have 4 players in their ranks which were part of the Donegal squad which clinched the All Ireland title in September. A large crowd is expected for Sundays clash so supporters are urged to get their early. Throw in is expected to be at 3.00, with the reserve game getting underway at 1.30. Times will be confirmed on the club facebook page and in the parish bulletin. LADIES FOOTBALLLadies Football training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8pm to 9pm.EASTER CAMP The club ran a hugely successful 3 day Easter Camp last week with well over 100 children attending. The sunshine and thankfully much milder weather added to everyones enjoyment. Over the 3 days the children took part in many games, while also learning some of the basic skills of gaelic football. We would like to say a big thank you to all of our coaches who helped out and especially to camp co ordinator Charlie Byrne for all his hard work over the last few weeks. The only negative point to report over the 3 days was the fact that our supplier failed to deliver the footballs which the children who attended were due to receive on the final day. Each child will receive their ball, as promised within the next few weeksBOYS FOOTBALLTraining continues for the Under 6 age group in the club, gym on Sunday mornings from 10 to 11-15. The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment. It is also an introduction into the basic skills of Gaelic games. All children are welcome to attend.Training for the Under 8 age group takes place in the club gym from 11 to 12-30 on Sunday mornings also in the club.This is followed by training for the Under 10 age group, which runs from 12.30 to 1.30.Under 14 training continues on Monday from 5-6 and on Thursday from 4.30 to 6.00.GIRLS FOOTBALL U14/U16 training returns after the Easter Break on Wednesday at 5:15pm, the U16 team suffered defeat against Moville during the week, however the girls did themselves proud and continued to give their best efforts till the end of the match.U12s have also returned after the Easter Break, training will continue on Wednesdays at 4:15pm. While training continues for the U10/U8/U6 panels on Saturdays at 11am -12:15, all parents are asked to return any outstanding registration forms.QUIZBig thank you to everyone who attended the club quiz in Farrens Bar on Friday night. An enjoyable night was had by all and a special word of thanks to the quizmaster Ali, his assistant Kate, and everyone in Farrens Bar for all their help on the night. LOTTOThere was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €600. The sequence drawn was 2-5-6-1-4-7-3. The €50 winner was Michael Byrne, Malin Town with the €20 sellers prize going to Ruari Mc Carron. Next weeks lotto jackpot is €650 and we thank the local community for its continued support of our weekly lotto draw.NOTESAnyone wishing to have information included in the club notes are reminded to contact Martin Doherty on 086 1585880, or alternatively send an email to the new club email address firstname.lastname@example.org at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening. Please note the new club email addressOTHER NEWSFinally, congratulations to our senior club captain Anthony Kelly and his wife Helen on the birth of baby Matthew recentlyGAA: MALIN GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: April 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: MALIN GAA CLUB NEWS
The Ireland Waveski Surfing Team recently competed in the World Waveski Surfing Championships in Santa Cruz Portugal. 92 competitors representing fourteen Countries, were in attendance at the championships. Ireland had 8 competitors representing the provinces of Ulster and Munster in the Open Mens and Open Ladies divisions as well as age categories of Cadets, Juniors, Seniors and Masters. Waveski surfing can be best described as a cross between kayaking and surfing. The majority of the team have been training along the Ulster coastline from Portrush in the East to Donegal in the West. The youngest Irish athlete Sophia Lazarescu, now 13 has been training since she was 9 years old and was the highest placed female in the cadets division. All other athletes reached the quarter final stages of their respective age division. However, Guillaume Desprez from Cork progressed to the semi finals of the senior division before being knocked out.Aidan McElhinney from Donegal progressed to the quarter finals in what was his first taste of international competition. A great achievement.Marty McCann the team coach says that “all athletes can be very proud of their performance both on and off the water” and that “the team can be confident that they can compete against the best in the world as we look toward the next World Championships in Spain in 2018”.In the mean time the team will turn their attention toward the upcoming British, Irish and Northern Ireland Open competitions which take place during September and October. Donegal man makes last eight of the World Waveski Surfing Championships was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:skiingSportWaveWorld Championship
Fans think they know why Klopp and Gerrard signed new contracts on the same day fate Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso ALMOST Alfredo Morelos does the most Morelos thing ever during Rangers win BEST OF BOSS LANGUAGE BARRIER Striker Alfredo Morelos, who has scored two goals in Rangers’ European campaign so far, is expected to start scrap revealed Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos CLASSIC 2 Steven Gerrard will make some changes from their win over St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership with Borna Barisic cup-tied for the clash.Jon Flanagan is suspended so Andy Halliday may be asked to fill in at left-back. Meanwhile, Ryan Jack could return after picking up an injury against Aberdeen in the league’s opening weekend.Here is talkSPORT’s predicted line-up: Rangers have the chance to take the shine off their Glasgow rivals Celtic this week if they can make it through to the next stage of Europa League qualifying.To do that they just need to avoid defeat by two clear goals against Maribor on Thursday (kick-off 19:15) after securing a 3-1 victory in the first leg at Ibrox. How Arsenal and Rangers can join Man United and Celtic in Europa League last 32 ‘Big Dunc is more experienced than Gerrard and Lampard and should get the Everton job’ 2 Latest Rangers FC News I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist
QPR make a defensive reshuffle for tonight’s game at Sheffield Wednesday, with Paul Konchesky out and Gabriele Angella coming in, while January signing Nasser El Khayati makes his full debut.West London Sport revealed earlier today that R’s boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink planned significant changes following poor performances against Fulham and Bolton, and that Alejandro Faurlin was set to miss out again with a thigh problem.Daniel Tozser is restored in midfield, while Junior Hoilett and Jamie Mackie drop to the bench. Samba Diakite is also among the QPR substitutes.Meanwhile, Aiden McGeady returns to the Wednesday side in place of the suspended Fernando Forestieri.Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Lees, Sasso, Pudil, Wallace, Bannan, Lee, McGeady, Hooper, Nuhiu.Subs: Price, Bennett, Loovens, Helan, McGugan, Lopez, Joao.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch, Phillips, Henry, Luongo, Tozser, El Khayati, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Diakite, Chery, Mackie, Petrasso, Hoilett, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
25 May 2016West AfricaTinariwen – Cler Achel (Mali)Like the vastness of the Sahara desert on its northern border, Malian folk music is sparse and hypnotic, featuring loopy rhythms and melodies.Music band Tinariwen is the most established and renowned of the region’s artists, having been together in various forms over the last 30 years, performing around the world with some of the West’s biggest names including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock.Guided by the entrancing electric guitar melodies of bandleader Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, Tinariwen combines the traditional folk music of the region’s nomadic Tuareg tribe with both North African/Middle Eastern and Western blues rock influences. Lyrics have a strong poetic and political bent sung in French and the Tuareg/Berber indigenous languages.In 2012, the band won a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for their album Tassili.Fela Kuti – Sorrow, Tears and Blood (Nigeria)Kuti is not only considered Nigerian music royalty, but also one of Africa’s greatest musical sons, combining soul and jazz with harmonic, upbeat West African rhythms to create some of the most original music ever recorded.As the main proponent of this hugely popular Afro-beat sound during the 1970s, Kuti brought the sounds of African funk to the world, enjoying success in America and Europe, and influencing generations of musicians. Against the backdrop of pulsating rhythms and stabbing, noisy brass arrangements, Kuti’s potent political lyricism – sung in Lagosian Pidgin English – commented unashamedly on both Africa’s challenges and the effects of colonialism.Kuti’s musical influence had a wide-reaching social and political impact on the continent. He died in 1997, leaving behind a vast discography of albums and unique live recordings.Kuti’s sons Femi and Seun continue the family’s music legacy to a worldwide audience.North AfricaKhaled – Didi (Algeria)Being at the epicentre of a circle of cultural influence that includes Africa, the Middle East and Asia, it is no surprise that music from North Africa is some of the most unique in the world. Khaled is one of the biggest superstar of the region, thanks to his instantly catchy crossover hit Didi which not only charted around North Africa but also proved popular on the dance floors of Europe and the US.The song became the first Arabic-language song to hit number one in France, starting an era when North African pop-dance left a subtle but indelible mark on Western pop music during the 1990s.Khaled performed at the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa and has also performed with Johnny Clegg, US rapper Pitbull and French electronica pioneer Jean Michel Jarre.Hamza El Din – Water Wheel (Egypt)El Din was an influential world classical music composer and ethnomusicologist from the lower Nile Nubian region.Specialising in the traditional stringed oud instruments, his meandering minimalist string and vocal recordings during the 1960s are recognised as some of the first world music recordings to influence Western classical music, including Steve Reich and the Kronos Quartet.Fans included Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead with whom he performed extensively during the 1970s. He later taught African ethnomusicology at universities in the US and Japan. El Din died in 2006.Central AfricaCorneille – Toi (Rwanda/Canada)Singer-songwriter Cornelius Nyungura, performing under the name Corneille, was a genocide survivor who lives and performs in Canada. He released his first album, a French-language soul album in 2002, charting in Belgium and France where it reached number 4. His song Toi is one of Canada’s biggest selling French-language singles.Corneille has performed with Jimmy Cliff and recorded with UK R&B singer Craig David. He returned to Rwanda to perform for the first time in 2005, and is currently the Canadian Red Cross spokesperson for the plight of child war refugees.Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa (Cameroon)Like Kuti’s afro-beat funk, Dibango’s African-tinged saxophone disco helped define the sound of Africa in the 1970s.Recorded in 1972, Soul Makossa remains an influential song, inspiring US producer Quincy Jones in emulating the bass-rich sound for Michael Jackson’s early solo albums and then later as a go-to source of samples for a number of modern hip hop and R&B hits. The song can be heard on Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music and Gettin’ Jiggy With It by Will Smith.His extensive 40-year discography features collaborations with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, reggae greats Sly and Robbie and funk rock keyboardist Bernie Worrell.While more commercially appealing than Kuti’s extended improvised jams, Dibango never shied away from using his music to deliver a message, particularly highlighting poverty and promoting social harmony in his home country. He is a fierce campaigner against music piracy and for artists’ rights, as well as a Unesco Artist for Peace since 2004. Despite being an octogenarian, Dibango still records and performs across Africa and around the world.East AfricaGigi – Abyssinia Infinite (Ethiopia)Ejigayehu Shibabaw, also known as Gigi, injects her Ethiopian musical heritage into a variety of genres, including jazz rock, reggae dub and soundtrack work. Working closely with husband, jazz producer Bill Laswell, Gigi’s ethereal and uninhibited vocal style has graced recordings with Herbie Hancock, Indian composer Karsh Kale and avant-garde rock guitarist Buckethead.Standout solo work includes a collection of acoustic Ethiopian music titled Abyssinia Infinite and the electronica-infused Mesgana Ethiopia.Lady Jaydee – Ndi Ndi Ndi (Tanzania)Judith Mbibo, known as Lady Jaydee, is one of Tanzania’s most popular singers, akin to the kind of status of Brenda Fassie has in South Africa. Her upbeat kwaito-infused pop songs are gaining her new fans across the rest of the continent.Lady Jaydee has been singing professionally since 2000, winning a number of national singing competitions and awards, including a Kora and a Channel O Music award.She has collaborated with the likes of Salif Keita, South Africa’s Mina Nawe and the cream of Tanzanian hip hop producers.Southern AfricaBanjo Mosele – Botsa Mmutla (Botswana)Botswana has a rich and diverse musical culture which covers traditional and pop music, jazz, dance music and outsider genres like heavy metal.The country boasts some of the best jazz and traditional instrumentalists in the world, including Banjo Mosele, founding member of the Kalahari Band, Hugh Masekela’s touring band during his exile in the 1980s. Mosele also played guitar in sessions with a number of music’s biggest names during including Peter Gabriel, Jonas Gwangwa and Bheki Mseleku.Mosele released his first solo album in 2003, selling strongly in Africa, Norway and the UK. He has won numerous music awards in Botswana and continues to tour the world as a solo act and with the world’s top jazz groups.Freshlyground – Doo Be Doo (South Africa)In a country as diverse as South Africa, it is difficult to pinpoint a single genre, traditional or contemporary, that could do justice to defining the South African sound or even its listeners. Rock, pop, kwaito, hip hop, jazz, classical, anything goes in Mzansi and each fan base is as fierce and loyal as the next.However, in recent years, there has been one band with one song that has gone a long way to encompassing the South African multicultural experience with the help of an inescapable feel-good earworm chorus. Doo Be Doo by Freshlyground was released in 2008 and the song was everywhere: on every radio, on every channel, on every South African’s lips.The song became a bona-fide cultural phenomenon. It topped every chart in the country, from YouTube views to radio and television rotation. It turned the band’s Nomvula album into an instant South African classic.South Africa.info reporter