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Yohane Banda: “I have healed my rift with Madonna”

The father of Madonna’s adopted son has healed his rift with the superstar, MailOnline can reveal.

‘There was a rift and it has now been healed.’

Madonna took son Rocco, daughter Lourdes and adopted daughter Mercy to David’s home village of Lipunga, close to Malawi’s border with Zambia to see his family and receive his tribal name.

Yohane said any tension disappeared as soon as he clapped eyes on his son whom he had not seen since he gave him up for adoption at 13 months in 2006 when his mother died.

‘I am extremely positive about Madonna. I can do nothing but praise her,’ he told MailOnline.

‘I am happy. As far as I am concerned, I was told by Madonna that the boy will come back to me once he has been educated.

‘Nothing has changed in that respect. David was allowed to come here and explore, he said he would come regularly to the village.

‘It is encouraging, and it is what I have known all along, even though everyone else told me he wouldn’t come back.’

For Yohane, it put his mind at rest to see the ‘happy and harmonious’ family up close for the first time since Madonna, 57, was fighting film director Ritchie over whether Rocco, 15, should live in London or New York.

‘They were a joyful, happy family,’ he added. ‘They were very close.’

The brothers, who are said to be particularly close, were both given traditional names. David was named Sezangakhona and Rocco, Zwangendawa.

Mercy, meanwhile, had not forgotten the language of her birth and was playing with the children in the village.

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Madonna in Malawi visits hospital she has supported

Madonna in Malawi on Sunday visited the construction of a children’s wing at a hospital that her charity is funding in this southern African country’s largest city, Blantyre.
The pop star has been in Malawi for a week and is to meet President Peter Mutharika and health minister Peter Kumpalume. Madonna went to visit Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital to view the pediatric unit where construction started in May 2015 and which is expected to open in early 2017.
“This new facility is the first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit in any Malawi hospital. It will have an enormous impact on saving the lives of children,” said Madonna, in a statement to The Associated Press. “In addition to raising the quality and availability of health care, we are also preparing for the future by training more Malawian medical staff in specialized pediatric care.”
Answering questions from the press, Madonna said that she does not yet have a name for the new children’s wing.
“We don’t have a name,” she said, “but we have a building and we have dreams and they are going to be manifested very soon.”
Madonna is accompanied by her two children adopted from Malawi, David and Mercy, and her son Rocco. Madonna said she will continue to work to get the unit the staff and equipment needed.
“It’s going to be my responsibility to make sure that this place has the equipment and is fully operational on a regular basis,” she said. “So I have a big job ahead of me. Wish me luck.”
Asked if she has any more projects for Malawi, she said: “I would like to do one thing really well than many things half-assed, as they say in America.”
The children’s unit will include Malawi’s first pediatric intensive care unit, three operating rooms dedicated to children’s surgery, a day clinic and a 50-bed ward. It will enable Queen Elizabeth hospital to double the number of surgeries for children and will provide critical pre-operative and post-operative care.
Raising Malawi was founded in 2006 by Madonna to address the poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s orphans and vulnerable children. Raising Malawi partners with local organizations to provide Malawian children and their caregivers with critical resources including education and medical care.

Madonna in Malawi
Madonna in Malawi
Madonna in Malawi

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Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection on UK’s Biggest Selling Albums of All Time List

60 years ago this month saw the birth of the Official Albums Chart – the UK’s official weekly snapshot of popularity dedicated to one of the most influential art forms of our time.

To mark the chart’s historic milestone and kick off July’s month-long anniversary celebrations, OfficialCharts.com can unveiled the 60 biggest selling albums of all time in Britain, as compiled by the Official Charts Company.

Here’s the complete list:

POSITION – TITLE – ARTIST – YEAR – HIGHEST POSITION ON CHART
1 GREATEST HITS – QUEEN – 1981 – 1
2 GOLD / GREATEST HITS – ABBA – 1992 – 1
3 SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND – BEATLES – 1967 – 1
4 21 – ADELE – 2011 – 1
5 WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY – OASIS – 1995 – 1
6 THRILLER – MICHAEL JACKSON – 1982 – 1
7 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – PINK FLOYD – 1973 – 2
8 BROTHERS IN ARMS – DIRE STRAITS – 1985 – 1
9 BAD – MICHAEL JACKSON – 1987 – 1
10 GREATEST HITS II – QUEEN – 1991 – 1
11 RUMOURS – FLEETWOOD MAC – 1977 – 1
12 THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION – MADONNA – 1990 – 1
13 BACK TO BLACK – AMY WINEHOUSE – 2006 – 1
14 STARS – SIMPLY RED – 1991 – 1
15 COME ON OVER – SHANIA TWAIN – 1997 – 1
16 LEGEND – BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – 1984 – 1
17 BACK TO BEDLAM – JAMES BLUNT – 2004 – 1
18 URBAN HYMNS – VERVE – 1997 – 1
19 BAT OUT OF HELL – MEAT LOAF – 1977 – 9
20 1 – BEATLES – 2000 – 1
21 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER – SIMON & GARFUNKEL – 1970 – 1
22 DIRTY DANCING – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – 1987 – 4
23 SPIRIT – LEONA LEWIS – 2007 – 1
24 CRAZY LOVE – MICHAEL BUBLE – 2009 – 1
25 NO ANGEL – DIDO – 2000 – 1
26 WHITE LADDER – DAVID GRAY – 1998 – 1
27 25 – ADELE – 2015 – 1
28 TALK ON CORNERS – CORRS – 1997 – 1
29 SPICE – SPICE GIRLS – 1996 – 1
30 THE FAME – LADY GAGA – 2008 – 1
31 A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD – COLDPLAY – 2002 – 1
32 LIFE FOR RENT – DIDO – 2003 – 1
33 ONLY BY THE NIGHT – KINGS OF LEON – 2008 – 1
34 BEAUTIFUL WORLD – TAKE THAT – 2006 – 1
35 HOPES AND FEARS – KEANE – 2004 – 1
36 THE JOSHUA TREE – U2 – 1987 – 1
37 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS – JEFF WAYNE – 1978 – 5
38 SCISSOR SISTERS – SCISSOR SISTERS – 2004 – 1
39 BUT SERIOUSLY – PHIL COLLINS – 1989 – 1
40 X&Y – COLDPLAY – 2005 – 1
41 JAGGED LITTLE PILL – ALANIS MORISSETTE – 1995 – 1
42 TUBULAR BELLS – MIKE OLDFIELD – 1973 – 1
43 THE MAN WHO – TRAVIS – 1999 – 1
44 TRACY CHAPMAN – TRACY CHAPMAN – 1988 – 1
45 PARACHUTES – COLDPLAY – 2000 – 1
46 GREATEST HITS – ABBA – 1975 – 1
47 GREASE – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – 1977 – 1
48 I’VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU – ROBBIE WILLIAMS – 1998 – 1
49 X – ED SHEERAN – 2014 – 1
50 COME AWAY WITH ME – NORAH JONES – 2002 – 1
51 GRACELAND – PAUL SIMON – 1986 – 1
52 THE SOUND OF MUSIC – ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING – 1965 – 1
53 LADIES & GENTLEMEN – THE BEST OF – GEORGE MICHAEL – 1998 – 1
54 TANGO IN THE NIGHT – FLEETWOOD MAC – 1987 – 1
55 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP – EMINEM – 2000 – 1
56 SWING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING – ROBBIE WILLIAMS – 2001 – 1
57 PROGRESS – TAKE THAT – 2010 – 1
58 EYES OPEN – SNOW PATROL – 2006 – 1
59 NEVER FORGET – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION – TAKE THAT – 2005 – 2
60 AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE – REM – 1992 – 1

Madonna's Immaculate Collection album

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Madonna to visit Malawi

Pop diva Madonna is coming to Malawi on Sunday July 10 to inspect a 50-bed pediatrics ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the commercial capital Blantyre, the first dedicated pediatric intensive care unit in the country that her charity organisation, Raising Malawi, has been building.

Sarah Ezzy, director of the charity Raising Malawi, said Madonna is building a two-storey free-standing 50-bed paediatric surgical ward which will also have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“The new facility, which will be completed by the end of the year, will have three operating theatres for surgery in children, a 50 bed ward, a day clinic, and the country’s first ever paediatric intensive care unit,” Ezzy said.

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Madonna meets the First Lady of Kenya

Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya! Learning about her Beyond Zero Campaign which targets eliminating maternal and child mortality in Kenya and hoping to join forces to promote Female Empowerment! Around the World!

Madonna with Margaret Kenyatta

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Madonna’s Instagram: Madonna in Kenya

Sitting with Mama Sofie, We are Humbled!

Madonna in Kenya

Hugging Mama Sopfie. This Amazing Woman lives in a 10 by 10 dwelling in Kibera with her 14 children-2 adopted. Her husband killed in a political uprising. She’s starting her own business with the help of @shofco. God Bless Her!

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