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Rave News Digest: Rollingstone Names Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ Biggest Afrobeats Record Of 2022, Vivienne Westwood Is Dead, Pelé + More

Rave News Digest: Rollingstone Names Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ Biggest Afrobeats Record Of 2022, Vivienne Westwood Is Dead, Pelé + More

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Rollingstone names Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ biggest Afrobeats record of 2022, legendary fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood is dead, Soccer great, Pelé passes on. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix. 

1. Rollingstone names Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ biggest Afrobeats record of 2022

American music publication Rollingstone has released its list of the biggest Afrobeats records of 2022 and named Burna Boy’s international smash hit “Last Last” as the biggest Afrobeats song of 2022. The single, which was released in May, is the lead single to Burna Boy’s 6th album, Love, Damini,” and has enjoyed massive success across Nigeria and beyond.

“Last Last” peaked at NO. 4 on the UK Charts while also peaking at NO. 44 on Billboard Hot 100, making it one of Afrobeats biggest international singles of 2022. The single has also earned a nomination for Best Global Song at the 2023 Grammys.

2. Legendary fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood is dead

Dame Vivienne Westwood, a pioneer of the punk rock fashion movement, a celebrity-loved designer, and a longtime activist, has died. She was 81. Westwood died peacefully on Thursday and was surrounded by friends and family in Clapham, South London, her team said in a statement. A cause of death was not immediately made public. “I will continue with Vivienne in my heart,” said Austrian designer Andreas Kronthaler, Westwood’s husband and creative partner. “We have been working until the end, and she has given me plenty of things to get on with. Thank you darling,” he added.

Westwood, known as a disruptor in the fashion industry and trailblazer of the punk rock look that captivated London in the mid-1970s, was celebrated for her clothes and her causes. A lifelong activist, Westwood long fought to raise awareness about the causes she cared about most. The Vivienne Foundation, a not-for-profit company, founded by Westwood and her sons and granddaughter in late 2022, will officially launch next year to honor her legacy.

3. South Africa: DJ Black Coffee gets candid about struggles

Grammy Award-winning artist DJ Black Coffee had people worried with a series of tweets this week revealing his mental anguish. He said he hoped that in 2023, men would know it’s OK to break down, cry, and ask for support. He also urged men to go to therapy and talk about their feelings. Amid calls for men to be more open about their stresses and battles with mental health, Black Coffee said he still carries “pain and shame” after his ex-wife, Enhle Mbali accused him of abusing her.

The Randburg magistrate’s court reserved judgment on Enhle’s application for a protection order last year. Addressing the media and public outside court, Enhle vowed to fight for all those who had suffered abuse at the hands of GBV perpetrators.

4. Ayra Starr falls on stage, tells organizer to do better

While trying to give her fans an energetic performance of Mavin’s “Won Da Mo,” Mavin signee Ayra Starr fell on her back on the Afrochella Stage in Ghana. Afrochella is an event aimed at celebrating Africa’s diverse culture and the vibrant work of African creatives and entrepreneurs; this year’s edition was themed “Afrofuturism.” Starr was performing at this event on December 28, when she tripped on stage.

However, she stood up almost immediately and continued the show as if nothing had happened. Taking to Twitter to express the painful experience, the self-acclaimed “celestial being” urged the event organizers to always clean the stage after every performer to avoid painful and unnecessary falls. “Afrochella next time y’all should clean your stage after every artist performance, that fall was very unnecessary and painful,” she wrote, after a tweet from her hoping that her crush would never see the video of her tripping.

5. Soccer great Pelé dead at 82

Soccer great Pelé, whose health had been deteriorating in recent weeks, died on Thursday at 82. The Brazilian sports icon had been at Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo under elevated care related to kidney and cardiac dysfunctions. Pelé, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, had been receiving treatments for colon cancer since 2021. His agent, Joe Fraga, confirmed his death to the Press.

Pelé won the 1958 World Cup as a teenager with Brazil and added titles in 1962 and 1970. He remains the country’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Featured image: @burnaboygram/Instagram


Our Weekday News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––including celebrity news from Hollywood to Nollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American reports to top African news today, and the best sports stories in 2022. 


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