Bo Diddley Rock and Roll Pioneer Dies
Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock ‘n’ roll whose distinctive “shave and a haircut, two bits” rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79. Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.
The legendary singer and performer, known for his homemade square guitar, dark glasses and black hat, was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and received a lifetime achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards. In recent years he also played for the elder President Bush and President Clinton. (Continue Reading…)
Gambia President Says Africans Must Drop Inferiority Complex
Addressing the opening ceremony of the ninth edition of Gambia’s “International Roots Festival” in the Gambian capital, Banjul, at the weekend, the Gambian leader emphasized the significance of the festival as not only geared at attracting investment but also an opportunity to bring Africans together. (Continue Reading…)
Nigeria Seizes 80 Tons of Drugs
Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 80 metric tonnes of cannabis in one of its largest ever hauls, officials say. The drugs were seized by NDLEA agents in a single raid in the south-western city of Ibadan, following a tip-off from other security agencies. The drugs were loaded into a bullion van, a truck and a car ready for supply to a residential area in the city. (Continue Reading…)