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Zimbabwean Comedian Gonyeti was Allegedly Abducted and Beaten

This comes after the comedian produced several skits criticizing both the police and the government.

Samantha Kureya, who is known by her stage name Gonyeti, is a Zimbabwean comedian whose skits have been critical of police brutality and the Zimbabwean government. According to Zimbabwe's News Day, Gonyeti was allegedly taken from her home in Mufakose by masked and armed men who reportedly beat her and members of her family.


Gonyeti was eventually found by one of her colleagues in a nondescript bush in the capital, Harare. According to the BBC, the colleague of the comedian alleged that Gonyeti was not only badly bruised when he found her, but had also been forced to drink sewage water. Taking to Twitter, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Nelson Chamisa, accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of having been behind Gonyeti's alleged abduction and assault.

Just last week, several MDC supporters were violently dispersed by the police in Harare after a planned anti-government protest was cancelled following a ban by the High Court.

Comedians and artists have always faced varying consequences for criticizing the government or the police. Veteran musicians such as Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo, had their respective protest songs "Wasakara" and "Corruption in the society", banned from being played in the country altogether. Mapfumo was eventually exiled to the United States in 2004 but returned last year. Another Zimbabwean musician, Raymond Majongwe, recorded his popular album Dhiziri kuChinhoyi in South Africa, after recording studios outright refused to have any part in the project for fear of retaliation from then President Robert Mugabe.

In the wake of anti-government protests calling for President Mnangagwa to step down amid mounting socio-economic issues, Zimbabwe is becoming increasingly intolerant of political dissidents.

Focalistic Shares Visuals For ‘Ke Star (Remix)’ Featuring Vigro Deep and Davido

Watch the music video for 'Ke Star (Remix)' by Focalistic, Vigro Deep and Davido.

After sharing the remix to "Ke Star" last week Friday, Focalistic has followed-up with the song's visuals. The video show performance scenes by the two musicians flanked by dancers. The visual is stunning as everyone who appears is dripped up, and the dancers make sure the viewer never takes their eye off the screen.

The remix for "Ke Star" is hopefully a move that kickstarts Pitori Maradona's continental dominance. Amapiano as a sound has proven popular in many parts of the continent and some parts of the world. Davido is one non-South African musician who has embraced the sound which can be heard in his latest album A Better Time.

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A-Reece Shares A New Song ‘MORNING PEACE’ From His Upcoming Mixtape

Listen to A-Reece's new song 'MORNING PEACE' featuring Jay Jody.

A-Reece has let loose yet another song from his upcoming mixtape Today's Tragedy, Tomorrow's Memory. "MORNING PEACE" features Jay Jody (you might know him as PJay), one half of the duo B3nchMarQ and A-Reece's brother.

"MORNING PEACE" is a song in which the two rap about the desire for morning peace in the context of a romantic relationship. "I don't wanna wake up to no drama early morning again/ I'd rather wake up to you naked," raps A-Reece on the song's hook.

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The 20 Best South African Songs of the Month (February)

Featuring Nasty C, Focalistic, Kabza De Small, Blxckie, Jobe London and more.

Here are the South African songs and music videos that caught our attention this month.

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