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The African Power Players Named in Paradise Papers Leaks

The paradise papers are a snapshot of a global elite living outside the rules

The Paradise Papers consist of 13.4 million leaked documents detailing how the global elite hide their wealth in offshore tax havens. Like the Panama Papers before it, the research into the database was coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists alongside dozens of partner publications. The bulk of the documents come from the law firm Appleby, based in Bermuda—the picturesque island with lax tax laws that give the Paradise Papers its name.


On their site, the ICIJ have compiled an interactive list of many of the power players found in the documents. And while there are some notable African names on the list, it's a truly global roster of bigwigs from former Canadian Prime Ministers, to Trump associates and most notably the Queen of England.

As the ICIJ warns on their site:

There are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts. We do not intend to suggest or imply that any people, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly. Many people and entities have the same or similar names. We suggest you confirm the identities of any individuals or entities located in the database based on addresses or other identifiable information. If you find an error in the database please get in touch with us.

Check out some of the names of those implicated below and hit the link to take you to their profiles on the ICIJ site:

Sam Kahamba Kutesa

Sally Kosgei

John Mahama

Hakainde Sammy Hichilema

Bukola Saraki

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ahmad Ali al-Mirghani

Hosni Mubarak

Mohammed VI of Morocco

John Agyekum Kufuor

Lansana Conté

Jacob Zuma

Laurent Gbagbo

Jaynet Désirée Kabila Kyungu

José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos

Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua

Emmanuel Ndahiro

James Ibori

Attan Shansonga

Kofi Annan

Karim Wade

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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