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Bobi Wine Re-Arrested and Charged With Treason In Civilian Court

After being released from military court, Bobi Wine was immediately taken back into custody.

Shortly after a military court freed him, Bobi Wine, was once again arrested on and charged with treason in a civilian court, reports BBC Africa.

The musician and MP, previously faced a treason charge in military court before they were reduced to unlawful possession of a firearm. Wine's lawyers said that the artist had been tortured and badly beaten when he appeared in court for the first time last week. Uganda's president Museveni denied such claims on Monday, calling them "fake news."

After being released by the General Court Martial on Thursday, where the charges against him were dropped, Wine was immediately taken into custody once again and taken to the Chief Magistrates Court, where he was once again charged with treason as a civilian.

His court session was aired live on local news station, NBS TV.


The arrest has caused an international outcry. Several protests have occurred in Uganda since last week in support of the artist, during which journalists have been beaten.

On Wednesday international artists and public figures, including Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Chris Martin, Brian Eno, Wole Soyinka and more, signed and released a letter condemning the imprisonment of the artist.

Check here for our previous coverage on the Bobi Wine case.



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Emerging Artists: Submit to Be a Part of MIDEM Talent Exporter

The new program will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

MIDEM, the music world's leading conference and trade fair that takes place in Cannes, France, has announced their new accelerator program for emerging artists across the globe.

The MIDEM Talent Exporter will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

"This live matchmaking format will shine a light on the most promising export-ready talent," a message from MIDEM explains, "and connect them with today's finest international talent buyers, including agents, promoters, festivals, media, PR, curators, music editors and A&R. They will also gain access to 10 music supervisors with the specific objective of building concrete business partnerships."

MIDEM Talent Exporter is born out of the Midem Artist Accelerator, a talent discovery and mentorship program that OkayAfrica has had the opportunity to be a part of. In the past artists like AKA, Bez, Moonchild Sanelly, Tshego, La Dame Blanche, Kyan, and other have been part of the program.

As MIDEM explains, the program gives artists the opportunity to "meet international business partners, be scouted by international festival bookers, find an international booking agent, find local promoters, find local PRs, get your music placed in film, TV, gaming, sign publishing and/or sub-publishing deal(s), sign recording deal(s), integrate music playlists, be spotted and highlighted by international media & journalist," and more.

Emerging artists can submit now for MIDEM Talent Exporter 2020.

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Austrian-Nigerian Designer Kenneth Ize Makes Spectacular Debut at Paris Fashion Week

The designer topped off his debut by having supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the runway.

Last night, Austrian-Nigerian fashion designer Kenneth Ize debuted at Paris Fashion week and put on an undeniably spectacular show.

The designer wowed with his Autumn/Winter '20 collection and then topped it all off by having international supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the run way last and bring the show to a close.

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Watch Ami Faku Break Down Her Song ‘Imali’: ‘Many people never get the break they need’

South African soul artist Ami Faku speaks about the inspiration behind her hit 'Imali' on Apple Music's Song Stories.

Ami Faku's hit single "Imali," which is a collaboration between the Eastern Cape-born artist and the duo Blaq Diamond from Durban, is an undeniable hit.

For the latest episode of Apple Music's Song Stories, Ami Faku breaks down the inspiration behind the song.

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