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Tanzanian Comedian Idris Sultan Arrested ​for 'Cyber-Bullying' President

Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan is in police custody after a video of him laughing at an old photograph of President John Magafuli was shared on social media.

Popular Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan was recently arrested and placed in police custody for allegedly "cyber-bullying" President John Magafuli. Sultan's arrest comes after a video of him laughing at an old photograph of President Magafuli was shared on social media.


According to Standard, Sultan's lawyer commented on his arrest but did not divulge very many details save for, "The police claim Idris used the internet to harass the president."

Tanzanian law reportedly states that: "A person shall not initiate or send any electronic communication using a computer system to another person with intent to coerce, intimidate, harass or cause emotional damage."

This is not the first time that Sultan has been arrested on charges of cyber-bullying President Magafuli. Last year, he was accused of contravening the country's Cybercrimes Act after he posted a photo on social media where he had face swapped an image of the president on his 60th birthday with a caption that read "We swapped roles for a day so that he could enjoy his birthday in peace".

Sultan maintained that his intentions had not been malicious and even had the Minister of Natural Resource and Tourism, Hamis Kigwangalla, promising to bail him out should it be necessary.

Many on social media have condemned Sultan's arrest citing a crackdown on freedom of expression in the country. As a result, there is now a rallying cry to have Sultan released under the banner #FreeIdrisSultan.





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Listen to Ami Faku's New Single 'Lala Ngoxolo' Featuring Emtee

Ami Faku's new single 'Lala Ngoxolo' featuring Emtee is a much-needed song for the difficult times in which we all find ourselves.

Ami Faku recently released her latest single "Lala Ngoxolo" featuring Emtee. The song starts the year off on a soothing tone for the difficult times in which South Africa (and the world) finds itself amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. Ami Faku is best known for her emotionally evocative songs and "Lala Ngoxolo" certainly keeps to that standard.

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Peep MTV Base’s Hottest MCs New Wave 2021 List

Here's the full list of MTV Base's annual list of the hottest South African new wave MCs.

In recognition of the new wave, MTV Base, since last year, follows up their main Hottest SA MCs List with Hottest MCs New Wave.

As is always the case every year, the list was decided upon by a panel of insiders who are clued up on South African hip-hop.

This year's panel members were: DJ Nikki Newlands, music curator Kabelo Makhudu, DJ Zan D, writer Misa Narrates, event MC and presenter Uncle Vinny and journalist Jade Kelly. The panel was hosted by MTV Base presenter and rapper Tshego Koke.

Below is the final list:

MTV Base’s Hottest MCs New Wave 2021 List

1. Blaq Diamond

2. Touchline

3. Lucasraps

4. Dee Koala

5. 25K

6. Indigo Stella

7. Maglera Doe Boy

8. Tumi Tladi

9. Hanna

10. Benny Chill

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South Africa Mourns Passing of Jazz Legend Jonas Gwangwa

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