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Protesters Have Returned to the Streets of Togo Despite Growing Military Threats

Hundreds have taken to Lomé, Togo to protest the presidency of Faure Gnassingbé, despite growing military and police threats. #TogoDebout

Demonstrations have resumed on the streets of Lomé, Togo in protest of current president President Faure Gnassingbé.

Several have taken to the capital to demand that the long-standing president—whose family has been in power for over 50 years—resign amidst head police and military presence. People are also pushing for limitations on the presidential term limit.

A government ban on weekday protests was lifted over the weekend in Lomé, while restrictions are still in place in the opposition stronghold, Sokodé, where security forces disbanded large gatherings with gun shots.

Anti-government protests first started back in August. The government put a block on the internet in September in response to public demonstrations. In the past three weeks, 17 people have died and hundreds have been injured since the protests sparked back up, reports BBC Africa.

Togolese Twitter users are currently sharing footage from the protests, using the hashtag #TogoDebout

Interview

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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