News Brief

South Africans are Angry at DJ Cleo for Showing Support to Convicted Rapist Brickz

DJ Cleo posted a picture of himself and Brickz on social media and South Africans are not here for it.

South African musician DJ Cleo, real name Cleopas Monyepao, has come under heavy fire after he posted a picture of himself embracing disgraced musician Brickz, real name Sipho Charles Ndlovu. Brickz is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for raping his 16-year-old niece - a rape he still denies.


A soccer match organised by a non-profit organisation to aid in the rehabilitation of inmates, reconnected DJ Cleo and Brickz. In a recent tweet, DJ Cleo then posted a picture of himself and Brickz (clad in his prison uniform) with the caption: "We all run our own races, he fell along the way...but the race is not over."


Now, while South Africans are somewhat divided, the majority of them are angered by the post.

READ: The Daily Nightmare of Being a South African Woman Shows No Signs of Ending

Those in support of DJ Cleo have claimed that he is simply showing support for his friend. They have gone on to say that people make mistakes and they deserve second chances. The said 'mistake' being the rape of a minor of course, a minor who now becomes a part of some of the highest rape statistics in the world.




The majority who have come out and condemned DJ Cleo have highlighted the nonchalance that South African men in particular exhibit when it comes to rape. They have also lamented how normalized rape has become such that men can easily and freely liken it to a mere ''fall'' or accident.

Whilst Brickz may be serving his time in prison, he has been more willing to talk about how "musically untouchable" he is than showing remorse for raping his own niece.





DJ Cleo once again took to social media following the backlash and apologized saying that his tweet has been "so misunderstood" and that he was not sympathizing with a rapist. However, he went on to slam actress Nomzamo Mbatha for having taken a picture with kwaito artist Arthur Mafokate (a known woman abuser) and asked rapper Boity Thulo (who publicly condemned DJ Cleo) why she didn't show the same outrage with Mbatha.

So basically, DJ Cleo is really not apologizing but instead asking South Africans: Why can't I take a picture with a problematic (insert "convicted" in this case) individual just like everybody else?

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

Keep reading... Show less
Music
(Youtube)

The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Fireboy DML, Juls, Adekunle Gold and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Keep reading... Show less
Film
Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty.

Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

We talk to the Lagos-based digital artist about his work with Olamide, Phyno, Falz and more.