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AKA Slams Police Violence Amid the Ongoing University Student Protests

South African rapper, AKA, has called out the South African police for firing at students during ongoing fees protests at the University of the Witwatersrand.

South Africa hip-hop artist AKA has slammed the South African Police Service (SAPS) for the violence meted out to protestors during the ongoing university student demonstrations. This comes after the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba, a bystander who was fatally shot by the SAPS during protests this past Wednesday. The protests, which began this past Tuesday, are in response to the financial exclusion of students at the University of the Witwatersrand. Despite this fatality, SAPS continues to use the same dispersal methods.


Read: Police Kill One Person Amid Ongoing Student Protests in South Africa

AKA took to twitter to share a thread supporting the students on the ground while pointing out that political factions actually did not matter as police shoot at anyone. The "Finessin" rapper pointed this out as, historically, there have always been tensions between different student bodies which are usually affiliated with major political parties. This year's leading student representative council (SRC) is the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA), the original ANC student body South African Student Congress (SASCO) and the main opposition, the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Council (EFFSC).

AKA has been engaging with student affairs since the #FeesMustFall movement of 2015/2016. He reportedly donated 100 000 Rands to the University of the Witwatersrand in 2019. His annual #FeesMustFall concert, which was supposed to take place at the beginning of last year, was reportedly postponed. According to IOL, other South African celebrities have joined the calling out of violence against student protestors including television actress and rapper, Boity Thulo, the current Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Abigail Musida, Kwesta and AKA's longtime rival, Cassper Nyovest.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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