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Rave News Digest: Fireboy DML Announces Debut US Tour, Vanessa Bryant Files Trademark For Wine Brand, Pedri + More

Rave News Digest: Fireboy DML Announces Debut US Tour, Vanessa Bryant Files Trademark For Wine Brand, Pedri + More


Fireboy DML announces debut US tour, Vanessa Bryant files trademark for wine brand, Pedri wins Golden Boy Award. 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.

Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news stories…

1. Fireboy announces debut headlining US tour

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On November 18, award-winning Nigerian artist, Fireboy DML announced The Apollo Tour, his debut US tour as a headliner. The tour kicks off in Providence, Rhode Island on February 3rd, 2022 and hits 13 cities throughout the month; including major markets like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Apollo is the name of his critically acclaimed 2020 album, and this is the first opportunity he’s had to tour the LP in the States since its release. At only 25, Fireboy DML has quickly established himself as one of the top Afropop artists coming out of the continent.

2. Vanessa Bryant flies trademark applications for wine brand named for her late husband Kobe Bryant

Vanessa Bryant appears to have plans to launch a wine-making business that honors her late husband, NBA legend Kobe Bryant. She filed legal documents on November 5 for four new trademarks with the brand name “Mamba Vino,” a tweet from trademark attorney Josh Gerben confirms.

The brand name recognizes the Hall of Famer’s nickname, “Black Mamba,” which the L.A. Lakers superstar gave himself to represent his prowess on the basketball court. It’s also a nod to Kobe’s lesser-known nickname, vino. The trademarked names also pay tribute to Kobe’s jersey numbers, 8 and 24: Mamba Vino, Mamba Vino 8, Mamba Vino 24 and Mamba Vino 2024.

3. South Africa: Cassper Nyovest defend Uncle Waffles against vile remarks

Rapper Cassper Nyovest has come out to defend DJ Uncle Waffles, who landed on the Twitter trends list again this week after a vlogger made vile remarks about her. The Twitter timeline was filled with criticism for the DJ’s use of “Adiwele.” Tweets claimed she was benefiting from the track locally and across the border while Young Stunna, the owner of the song, does not enjoy as much attention and support for his song.

The rapper tweeted in her defense when one Twitter said Waffles was using Young Stunna to shine.

4. Kenya to deny services to unvaccinated people

Kenyans who haven’t been vaccinated against Covid will not be able to receive government services from next month, the government says. Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said unvaccinated people would be banned from public transport, local airlines and train services.

Kenyans will also require proof of vaccination in order to visit government institutions for education, immigration, tax and other services. The directive will come into force on 21 December. Beginning on Tuesday, young people over the age of 15 will be able to get a Pfizer jab. Kenya has a target of vaccinating 10 million people by the end of December.

5. Barcelona’s Pedri wins Golden Boy award for Europe’s best under-21 player in top division

Barcelona midfielder Pedri has won the 2021 Golden Boy award for the best under-21 player playing in a European country’s top division. Pedri, 18, beat England and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham to the award by a record 199 points. He played more minutes than any other Barca player last season, going on to play at Euro 2020 and win Olympic silver with Spain.

However, he has not played since September because of a thigh injury. In October, Pedri — who joined Barca from Las Palmas in 2020 — signed a new deal with the Catalan club which includes a 1 billion euro (£846m) release clause.

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Our Week Day News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––including celebrity news from Nollywood to Hollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American reports to top African news today, and the best sports stories in 2021. 


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