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Koffi Olomide Could Face Jail Time for Assault & Battery of His Dancer

Police showed up at the 60-year-old Congolese Rumba star's residence in Kinshasa, DRC to arrest him for an alleged assault at the Nairobi airport Tuesday morning.

UPDATE: Congolese music star Koffi Olomide (Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba) apparently hasn’t learned his lesson since serving a 3-month suspended jail term for assaulting his producer in 2012.


A Kinshasa judge is deliberating whether to press charges against Olomide for reportedly assaulting one of his female dancers after a video showing the  Congolese megastar kicking a woman, identified as Pamela, in the stomach at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi last Friday went viral, BBC reports.

The incident cut the musician and three of his dancers' Kenyan trip short Saturday and led to their immediate deportation after spending the night in police custody.

Kenyans on Twitter weren’t having it. They tweeted up a shitstorm, calling for his immediate arrest and deportation.

Initially, Olomide denied the assault, and his attorney claimed the artist was manhandled by police.

But under mounting pressure from social media, Olomide issued an apology in a Facebook post Monday, referring to the incident as a “moment of madness.”

Once again I would like to apologize to my friend(s), brothers, sisters, fans and especially to the WOMAN and CHILDREN, I beg you to give me your forgiveness. ‪#‎KoffiOlomide‬

Olomide may have thought the hot situation would cool off, but that’s until police showed up at his residence in Kinshasa, DRC to arrest him for the alleged assault, Tuesday morning.

His lawyer, Landry Tanganyi tells the BBC that it's unnecessary to detain Olomide overnight as he poses no flight risk, but the 60-year-old singer has been ordered to stay at a police station.

According to Daily Nation, word from Kinshasa is Congressman Zakarie Bababaswe filed a petition on behalf of the Congolese people to have the Rumba ace punished for the incident. And in a televised press conference Bababaswe spoke on the matter, questioning why Olomide was “still walking scot-free and yet there was video evidence that he assaulted his dancer in Kenya?”

Apparently, Olomide and the Bababaswe were former friends who had a falling out over song lyrics that dissed the congressman.

The attorney-general ordered the singer’s arrest, and the news has been celebrated by those who feel strongly about protecting women’s rights. The full details of Olomide's sentencing remain unclear at the moment.

Olomide’s concert at Zambia’s Agricultural And Commercial Society for its 90th anniversary has been cancelled in response, and he has been replaced by his musical rival Werasson.

Moral of the story: Keep your limbs to yourself. And turn a friend into an enemy, it could come back to kick you.

Hello koffiphils and Koffillettes. May the righteousness of man be just and fair.
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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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