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R. Kelly is Reportedly Planning to Flee to Africa Amid Investigation

As investigators continue to find more evidence against him, it has been reported that the singer is planning to flee to Africa.

In the wake of mounting allegations of sexual assault and abuse against singer R. Kelly, and recent docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, it is rumored that he is allegedly planning to flee the United States and come to the African continent. According to Angela Martinez during The Breakfast Club on Thursday, investigators received a tip from an anonymous individual, revealing the singer's intentions to flee.


While nothing can be confirmed at this point, it is not far-fetched to consider that R. Kelly may, in fact, flee to Africa, and more specifically, South Africa, as he has established some ties in the country following his performance during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and two other appearances thereafter.

Charlemagne tha God, during the same episode of The Breakfast Club, said:

"You think you can just pull up in Johannesburg and Nigeria and be welcomed with open arms? They got the internet too, and they know what's going on. His brothers in Africa will whoop his ass."

Listen to the clip below:

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However, with many South Africans having been equally appalled by the docu-series and the numerous accounts of abuse by women and joined the #MuteRKelly movement, it is unlikely that they will welcome him with open arms should he decide to go there. In addition, multiple celebrities, such as among others, actress Pearl Thusi and singers Jimmy Nevis and Kabomo have publicly come out and spoken against R Kelly.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is also currently in talks to prevent R. Kelly's music from being played by all their radio stations.

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Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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Amapiano Pioneer DJ Stokie Shares His Journey In New Documentary ‘iPiano eSoweto: The DJ Stokie Story’

Pioneering amapiano deejay, Stokie's newly released documentary 'iPiano eSoweto' details his musical journey through his lens and that of friends, peers and fans.

DJ Stokie is often credited as one of the first few deejays to play and popularise amapiano in Soweto back in the popular genre's burgeoning days.

The 24-minute documentary titled iPiano eSoweto, named after his 2020 song of the same name, uncovers Stokie's journey and the role he played on amapiano's rise from a township genre to a worldwide phenomenon.

"I think for me it's a takeover, man. People are dancing to amapiano… So Stokie is a game changer" are the words that open the documentary. They best describe the genre's current status and Stokie's impact on its growth.

On iPiano eSoweto, Stokie's wife and deejay friends recount his transition from being a vinyl-playing deep house deejay to building a reputation for playing "exclusive" or "private school" 'piano. They also share some of their earliest memories, going around townships for shows and getting paid as little as R40 (less than $3).

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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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