One of Senegal’s best-known musicians, Thione Seck, 66, has died in Dakar after a short illness.

“He died this morning of an illness at the Fann hospital,” his lawyer, Ousmane Seye stated.

Seck came from a family of griots, or praise-singers, and first rose to prominence in the 1970s with Orchestra Baobab, known for its mix of African and Cuban music.

He went on to found his own group, Raam Daam in the 1980’s which played the distinctly Senegalese sound, mbalax.

A Senegalese opposition group has suspended plans for three days of huge protests called by opposition leader Ousmane Sonko.

The demonstrations scheduled for March 9 and 10 are suspended,” the Movement for Defence of Democracy, or M2D, said in a statement.

It also added that it would outline plans for future protests at a press conference on Tuesday.

At least eight people have died during days of violent protests in Senegal sparked by the arrest of Mr. Sonko on charges of public disorder.

Ousmane Sonko, Senegal’s main opposition leader, has called for more protests against President Macky Sall, whom he accuses of being behind the rape charges he’s now facing.

Mr Sonko was addressing supporters hours 

Shortly after being released on bail, Sonko addressed his supporters. He said the demonstrations should be larger but also peaceful and lead to change in the presidential election due in three years.

President Macky Sall, Senegal’s President on Thursday gave an order to all cabinet ministers not to travel out of the country in order to control the spread of coronavirus.

Since COVID-19 has emerged, first in china in December it has infected more than 90,000 people and killed over 3,000. Senegal has registered four cases of the virus.

President Sall has decided to reduce to a strict minimum public officials travel overseas and has asked ministers not to undertake missions outside the country.

All official government events outside Dakar Such as a planned cabinet meeting have been canceled by the President. Women’s day celebration on Sunday has also been recommended to be suspended. 

The government recently approved over 2 million euros ($2.2 million) to aid the fight against the spread of the virus.

The four cases detected in Senegal, three are French nationals who travelled to the country and the fourth is a British woman who arrived from London.

Only Nigeria has registered another case of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa,

Akon, the Senegal- American singer has signed an agreement with the government of Senegal to build a cryptocurrency based economy city named Akon city. The agreement was finalized on the 17th of January of 2020.The singer initially announced plans to create a city in the west African country, which will use his own cryptocurrency called the Akoin for currency, at the Cannes Lions advertising festival in 2018.

In reference to the statement released in 2018, the Akon city will be built on the land that was given to Akon by Macky Sall, the president of senegal. The three square miles of land, near the country’s capital is located “ within five minute “of the Blaise Diagne International Airport.

Presently in development, Akon Crypto City is the first of its kind, 100 percent crypto-based city with Akoin at the center of transactional life. Akon said that he hoped that the city would be the first of many that uses cryptocurrency   – a digital currency based on blockchain, which is a set of digital records that track transactions chronologically and publicly.

 The Singer said “If it works, we will scale it out to all the other countries in Africa so all the cities are connected. It’s going to be a 50- to 100-year project, most likely. I probably won’t even live to see it finished. But for the project in Senegal, we have a 10-year deadline for that city to be built out.” 

Before Akon City, Akon was behind a project known as Akon Lighting Africa, with the goal of providing the means to harness and utilize solar power to various African nations. Solar power will also be a defining feature of Akon City, described in a recent Travel and Leisure story as an “eco-tourism destination” that will be run completely by solar power and other forms of renewable energy.