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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.


Mubarak, who served as Egypt's fourth president, took up office in 1981 and ruled for three decades. After widespread anti-government protests which engulfed predominantly Muslim countries and became popularly referred to as the Arab Spring Uprising, Mubarak was forced to resign in 2011.

Shortly after the uprising that led to his ousting, Mubarak was then charged with inciting the deaths of at least 850 protesters during violent clashes with Egyptian police and security forces. Although he was initially sentenced to life in prison in 2012, a retrial dismissed the charges and the statesman was freed in 2017, according to France24.

Egypt has since had a volatile political landscape. While Morsi was the country's first democratically-elected president, he served less than a year in office before he too was ousted by a military coup following continued protests by frustrated Egyptian citizens. The military coup, which had been led by General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, then saw the military chief become the country's next president.

Aljazeera's Jamal al-Shayyal reports that Mubarak is set to be buried today with the funeral taking place at an eastern suburb in the capital city of Caro. Speaking about the Mubarak's legacy, al-Shayyal adds that, "For sure his passing is something that will remind people of the situation in Egypt as well as the political legacy that he left behind, which is one that has allowed for the current military regime to continue in its ruling."

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Price to Pay: The Complicated Relationship Between Ambitiouz Entertainment and South Africa’s Music Scene

Through all the horror stories shared by artists, it's impossible to overlook Ambitiouz Entertainment's contribution to South African music.

One of the biggest South African songs at the moment boasts a lineup of artists that blend styles for a smooth collaboration. With verses for the heads and a catchy hook for the radio, "Price to Pay" by Miss Pru DJ features the duo Blaq Diamond and Lesotho-born rapper Malome Vector.

A quintessential Ambitiouz Entertainment song, "Price to Pay" feels like 2016/2017 all over again, even if it's for just above five minutes. When Ambitiouz started circa 2015, a majority of its hip-hop artists—Emtee, Saudi, Sjava, FiFi Cooper, and others—were doing trap rap, mostly in native languages. Even A-Reece, who raps almost exclusively in English now, threw a few SePitori phrases in his rhymes. Singles such as "Tshela" and "Smokolo" released by the rapper Priddy Ugly under Ambitiouz were his first experiments with adding native languages in his verses beyond hooks.

While streaming "Price to Pay" and other songs released by Ambitiouz Entertainment, however, one wonders if, years from now, Malome Vector and Blaq Diamond will be sharing horror stories of working with the label, just like many of its previous signings.

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