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Bobi Wine Supporter Allegedly Killed by Ugandan Police During a Demonstration

The death comes after chaos ensued when the Ugandan police fired teargas and live ammunition to disperse a crowd of Bobi Wine supporters.

One person has been reported dead after Ugandan police reportedly attempted to disperse a crowd of Bobi Wine's supporters, according to the BBC.

The incident took place yesterday in the capital city of Kampala where the musician-turned-politician was planning to resume his consultative meetings at the Pope Paul Memorial Community Centre in Ndeeba, a neighbourhood in Kampala.


The Daily Monitor reports that Ugandan police attempted to bar Bobi Wine from entering the venue because he had allegedly "not fulfilled some of requirements agreed upon at an earlier joint meeting with Electoral Commission officials and police".

In an attempt to "restore order" amid a disgruntled crowd that had begun demonstrations, the police allegedly ran over and killed one of Bobi Wine's supporters. The police have, however, denied allegations that they intentionally knocked down the supporter.

Bobi Wine has argued that he had in fact written to the Ugandan police informing them of his intention to resume with his consultative meetings in preparation for his 2021 presidential bid.

While the police acknowledged that they had indeed received the letter, police spokesperson Fred Enanga went on to say that, "I have to get a response from the director of operations, which I have not seen. When I see it, I will give a position from police as required by the law."

The opposition leader has also accused the Ugandan police of continuously disrupting any planned gathering of his supporters.

Since confirming that he would be running against longtime President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 elections, Bobi Wine has been arrested on numerous occasions with several of his supporters and followers of the People Power Movement, including fellow musician Ziggy Wine, having been killed last year allegedly due to political motivations.

Bobi Wine, along with other public figures, members of the media and activists including Stella Nyanzi have been targets of the Ugandan government's crackdown on political dissent.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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