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Double whammy for the music world - Nicki Minaj retires & Mugabe dies

People around the world are in mourning, as one of the world’s most iconic authoritarian figures is gone. Also, Robert Mugabe is dead. Mugabe was a giant in the music industry, producing such classics: ‘Maggie’s Farm…is now a collective’. ‘Don’t believe the hype-inflation’ and the cover version of Malvina Reynolds timeless ‘Little boxes – stuffed with ballot papers’.

Ironically the lives of Minaj and Mugabe mirrored each other, with Mugabe breaking the yoke of oppressive colonial rule and Nicki dissing Lil Kim.  Said one music journalist: ‘Ge lived under an aging, white-minority regime, a regime that exploited others, was ruthless and took all the wealth for itself. A bit like being one of Madonna’s backing dancers.’

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