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Jailed MP Bobi Wine’s music rents the air in Kampala

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The music of jailed member of Ugandan parliament, Bobi Wine, is reportedly reverberating in the country’s capital, Kampala.

Many top Ugandan DJs have agreed to play Bobi Wine music at the top of every hour in protest at the detention of the Afrobeats star and opposition politician, reports BBC’s Joseph Ngigi, who said he has heard Wine’s songs being played.

Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was elected to parliament last year – and is proving a popular opponent to President Yoweri Museveni.

He was arrested earlier in the week amid violence in the run-up to a by-election in the north-west of the country where he and the president were campaigning.

He appeared at a military court in the northern town of Gulu on Thursday on charges of unlawfully being in possession of ammunition and weapons. His lawyers said that he had been severely beaten.

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His brother Eddy Yawe told the BBC he had managed to see Wine on Friday after he had been transferred to a military barracks in Kampala.

He said his brother had recounted how he had been brutally tortured by a group of soldiers, including on his genitals, and that they had injected him several times with an unknown substance.

The army has not commented on the allegations.

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South African singer Tyla clears air on race controversy, accepts being a black woman

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Grammy award-winning South African singer, Tyla, has cleared the air on a recent controversy surrounding her race as being either a coloured or a black woman.

The “Water” crooner, who made the clarification during an appearance on New York City’s Power 105.1 radio morning show, “The Breakfast Club”, hosted by controversial hosts, Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Jess Hilarious, accepted that she was truly a black woman rather than coloured.

During the interview, the hosts probed the singer about her racial identity as a coloured woman from South Africa, to which her management asked that she not touch on the topic.

During the last leg of the conversation which mostly focused on her global crossover and musical growth, Charlamagne switched gears abruptly from discussing Tyla’s work-life balance to her identity.

“School me on these debates that they be having about your identity as a South African Coloured person. What does that even mean?”

“I have never denied my blackness, I don’t know where that came from. I’m mixed with black/Zulu, Irish, Mauritian/Indian and coloured.

“In ‘Southa’ I would be classified as a coloured woman and other places I would be classified as a black woman. Race is classified differently in different parts of the world,” Tyla was quoted as saying.

Writing on her X handle after the interview, she said:

“I don’t expect to be identified as coloured outside ‘Southa’ by anyone not comfortable doing so because I understand the weight of that word outside SA.

“To close this conversation, I’m both coloured in South Africa and a black woman. With that being said, Asambeee,” she added in Zulu which means “let’s go.”

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Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ breaks US record with one billion streams

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Nigerian Afrobeats sensation, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has broken another music record after his hit song, “Calm Down”, became the first African song to earn one billion on-demand streams in the United States.

According to American Music Stats Company, Chart Data, “Calm Down” earned over one billion on-demand streams in the US in a new compilation of streams on different musical genres.

Since its release in 2022, the single has garnered attention even with its remixx featuring Selena Gomez, soaring to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat rarely seen for Afrobeats tracks.

The single was also the first Afrobeats song to top the American radio chart, making it the first song in its category to achieve this and in turn, making Rema the first African artiste to achieve such feat.

“This is phenomenal for the Afrobeats community and Africa at large,” Chart Data wrote on X.

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