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Egyptians are Calling for President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to Step Down

Protesters took to the streets of Suez and Cairo to demand that al-Sisi resign.

This past weekend, more than 200 protesters took to the streets in the port city of Suez and the Tahrir Sqaure in Cairo. The BBC reports that these protests are in response to a series of videos which were posted online by businessman and actor, Mohamed Ali, and showed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi allegedly spending state resources on luxury accommodation while the country struggles with poverty. While the protests continued well into yesterday, Al-Sisi has since dismissed the corruption allegations against him and referred to them as mere "slander and lies".


President al-Sisi took over from Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in a military coup six years ago. Since al-Sisi came to power, he has cracked down heavily on any political dissidents and issued a nationwide ban on protests. However, with rising costs that are a direct result of al-Sisi's 2016 decision to cut subsidies and implement tax reforms in order to reduce the country's deficit, these protests may be rare but not surprising.

Mohamad Elmasry, the chairperson of the media and journalism programme at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies spoke to Aljazeera and said that, "Millions of people have watched his videos, while his anti-Sisi hashtags have gone viral." Elmasry added that, "This is something that is a legitimate threat to the el-Sisi government - if it wasn't a legitimate threat, then el-Sisi wouldn't have come out and responded directly to Mohamed Ali at last week's youth conference."

Thus far, at least 220 have been arrested for participating in the protests as well as filming the events and posting them online, according to The Guardian.

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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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