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The Stories You Need To Know: South African Prisoners Get Strip Show, Ugandan Musician Arrested, And More

Popular reggae star Bobi Wine has been arrested, for reasons that aren’t clear.

UGANDA–Popular reggae star Bobi Wine has been arrested for reasons that aren’t clear. The artist is independently campaigning for a vacant seat outside Kampala in a by-election that is due to take place on Thursday. Read the full story here.

NIGER–Fifty-two immigrants were found dead in the deserts of central Niger. Immigrants travel through the desert on their way to Libya and cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Read the full story here.

SOUTH AFRICA–Pictures of strippers giving a strip show to prisoners in the maximum prison Sun City surfaced yesterday. The Department Of Correctional Services confirmed that the event was part of Youth Day celebrations. 13 Correctional Services officers now face action for the incident. Read the whole story here.


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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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