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Tanzanian Comedian Idris Sultan Is Being Held By Police for Face-Swapping Photos of the President

Playfully photoshopping pictures of the president can apparently get you arrested for a cybercrime.

Popular Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan was reportedly arrested today in Dar Es Salaam. His crime? Face swapping the president. On Wednesday, Sultan posted two photos to social media—one has President Magufuli's face on the likeness of Sultan's body and the other has Sultan's face on a person sitting in a chair with Tanzania's presidential seal. The post has over 5,000 likes.


President Magufuli celebrated his 60th birthday on Tuesday and Sultan captioned the photos "We swapped roles for a day so that he could enjoy his birthday in peace." According to The Kenyan Star, following the posting of the photos, an Instagram account believed to belong to the city's Regional Commissioner reposted one of them with a caption instructing Sultan to report to any police station in Dar Es Salaam. He did so on Wednesday and relatives say he has not returned since.

Sultan's

lawyer informed the BBC that the one-time winner of Big Brother Africa was being held under the Cybercrimes Act. The Act makes it illegal for anyone to impersonate another person digitally. If convicted, Sultan could face up to seven years in prison. Many rights advocates are calling the event an attack on freedom of expression.
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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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