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'No Part of My Body Was Spared,' Bobi Wine Recounts Torture By Ugandan Troops

The artist and politician took to Facebook to recount the torture he endured at the hands of military troops, and thank his supporters.

Ugandan lawmaker and pop star, Bobi Wine has spoken out about the events that led to his arrest on August 13 and the state of his health for the first time, in an open letter entitled "What Exactly Happened in Aura? My Story!"

The artist who is currently in the United States seeking medical treatment for injuries he sustained while in military custody, took to Facebook to share a post, detailing his own account of what happened during the bi-election rally in Aura. He recounted the events prior to his arrest, which left his driver Yasin Kawuma dead, gave an update on his health, and thanked his many international supporters for the well wishes he's received.

"I am sorry I have taken a bit long to write to you about the trials and tribulations, for which you all stood with me," wrote Wine. "It's been tough days, as I recover form the physical and mental trauma I endured. I am overwhelmed by your support and words of encouragement. I cannot pay you in any other way except by sticking to those values that bind all of us together-justice, equality and human dignity."


He went on to describe the abuse he suffered at the hands of military officers while in custody. "They beat me, punched me, and kicked me with their boots. No part of my body was spared. They hit my eyes, mouth and nose. They hit my elbows and my knees. Those guys are heartless," he added.

The Ugandan government continues to deny Wine's claims, with President Yoweri Museveni calling them "fake news."

Wine originally faced a charge of unlawful possession of firearms following his arrest, after police claimed they found three guns in his hotel room. Wine denied that the guns were his, and says that it was an attempt by the military to frame him. I was told that three guns had been assembled and said to have been found in my room! I could not believe that the state would torture a Ugandan so bad and then frame him with possession of guns!"

The charge was eventually dropped, however, the singer is now being tried for treason in a civilian court, along with 32 others who were arrested after the by-election rally—many of whom he says were also tortured by troops, leading some to sustain permanent injuries.

"My next communication will be a vote of thanks to the world for the overwhelming support and comradeship," Wine added. I will also talk about what I think we must do together to continue this struggle for liberty and freedom."

Wine is set to reappear in court on October 1.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.

Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz features on Alicia Keys' latest album titled, ALICIA.

Platnumz' influence is clear as the song, titled "Wasted Energy," is a far cry from what is usually expected from the "If I Ain't Got You" singer.

Taking cues and influence from reggae, afropop and the bongo flava that the Tanzanian star is known for, "Wasted Energy" speaks of a lover in a relationship with someone who intentionally ignores their needs and desires.

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