"Smockey" is a male rapper from Burkina Faso, and he's dealing out some serious lyrics about the all-too-common practice of female genital mutilation. His latest song, "Tomber la Lame," or "Drop the Blade," is a plea for his fellow countrymen to stop FGM.
The Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the ISIS movement on Saturday. At the same time, a regional coalition of powers is intervening to help Nigeria. The US is taking a back-seat, but is intensifying military training programs and some other forms of assistance.
South Africa's Vusi Mahlasela and Hugh Masekela are in the midst of a US tour they're calling 20 Years of Freedom. The music celebrates 20 years since the start of democracy in South Africa and the official end of apartheid.
The resurgence of Ebola in Sierra Leone can be traced to two wooden boats and the fishermen that carried the disease from their decks into Freetown. But the country's youth — unpaid volunteers — are helping track down the resurgent disease.
Earlier this month, ISIS released a video in which it showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian men. Not surprisingly, reactions have been of anger, grief and hate. But one Egyptian singer wants to change that.
In Brazil, the winning samba school at this year's Rio Carnival is accused of accepting millions of dollars from the leader of Equatorial Guinea, who's widely criticized as one of Africa's worst dictators. But do Brazilians actually care? Probably not.