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Kesha has shared a heartfelt message of gratitude to those "supporting survivors and telling their stories".

The Tik Tok singer, 33, has been engaged in a legal battle with producer Dr. Luke - real name Lukasz Gottwald - since 2014, when she accused him of infliction of emotional distress, gender-based hate crimes and discrimination.

She also alleged the producer was “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally” abusive towards her.

In her latest post, the star appears fresh-faced as she stares directly into the camera, alongside a caption that reads: "Thanks to everyone who is supporting survivors and telling their stories. They see you and appreciate it more than you could ever know."

While she offered no explanation as to what prompted her post, it comes after Luke was nominated this year for another Grammy for his work on Doja Cat's Say So, under his pseudonym Tyson Trax, resulting in widespread outrage directed at the Recording Academy.

Among those who spoke out about the nomination was fellow musician and rape survivor Fiona Apple, who told The Guardian: "Really, Dr Luke is nominated? They had (Kesha) up there singing Praying, and now they're gonna go: 'Oh, but it's Tyson Trax!'"

 

This Utrecht festival of international music and culture is presenting a series of video reports on their online TV channel as part of the “Reports from Other Continents” project. The series will travel to the DRC to the town of Sake, where the inhabitants heal their trauma through traditional folk dance.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the director, producer and human rights champion Horeb Bulambo Shindano went to meet the musician Baeni Mukuba who had the brilliant idea of organising a weekly folklore show to free the inhabitants of Sake from their trauma. The featured video is about a young group from two families from Sake, a town located 30 km west of Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the past 20 years, the people of Sake have been forced to leave their town for fear of conflict. As with other parts of eastern Congo, many Sake women have been raped, and many children have been abducted to join armed groups. These atrocities meant that the population of Sake were living in a state of psychosis and permanent trauma. To remedy this, Baeni Mukuba launched his own remedy: a weekly public traditional folklore show to heal the wounds of the town in his own way.

Although this ritual is not explicitly mentioned, we can imagine that the Ekongo dance, a parade of war, plays a part through its expression of bravery and the supple yet frantic rhythm of its jumps and movements. The instruments also play a very important role: four djembes, two of which play sono and two others that play accompaniment, with the musicians clad in outfits made partly of animal skin. By embodying courage, this liberating dance tells the story of a people who are victims of conflict and whose only way to survive is through dance and music.

Note that other reports from other continents will be published in the coming weeks on the YouTube channel and on The Guess Who? website.

 

 

Dr. Dre has slammed his estranged wife's request for $2 million (£1.4 million) a month in spousal support, insisting her monthly expenses total less than $300,000 (£219,000).

Nicole Young is fighting for a bigger share of Dre's finances after alleging she was pressured into signing a prenuptial agreement prior to their 1996 wedding - before the hip-hop icon became a billionaire.

She previously demanded $2 million a month in temporary spousal support while the exes attempted to reach a settlement in court, and now Dre, real name Andre Young, has hit back.

In new documents obtained by TMZ.com, Dre presents the prenuptial agreement that Young claimed he ripped up shortly after she'd signed it, which states that Young doesn't waive her right to spousal support.

This means that even if the prenup holds up in court, she can expect a hefty monthly sum.

But it won't be $2 million a month - as Dre's attorney has filed a declaration stating that Young's actual monthly expenses come to an estimated $293,306 (£214,752).

Dre's lawyer Laura Wasser adds that Dre has voluntarily paid for all of Young's expenses since they split.

Young also requested an additional $5 million (£3,680,575) to cover attorney's fees, but Dre claims he's already paid nearly a million dollars to Young's attorneys, more than he's paid his own lawyers.

The prenuptial agreement, which Dre has always denied ripping up, also states that any property accrued during the marriage remains separate.

Nicole, who filed to end the 24-year marriage in June, shares two adult children with Dre.

 

“Vengo Ganao” features production from London-based duo Village Cuts, the excellent guitarist Patrick McMahon aka Mahon Sounds and Colombian champeta legend Louis Towers.

Village Cuts has organised a transatlantic meeting between Africa and the Caribbean through the prism of London club culture. This DJ/producer duo, formed in 2018, is setting the dancefloor alight in promotion of new global underground sounds such as champeta, a genre belonging to the folklore of Afro-Colombian music. They are keen to pull it into the modern world, and have partnered with one of its legends, Louis Towers, to do so. The aim was to showcase the talents of the Black Atlantic to a European audience, especially via champeta, a genre from the Afro-Colombian communities of the Caribbean coast, which is experiencing something of a boom right now.

For their debut on Galletas Calientes Records, the duo have dropped a double-title 45 with Colombian champeta legend Louis Towers (“el único papa rasta”) and British virtuoso guitarist Patrick McMahon aka Mahon Sounds. The first track, released in December, has an 80s Congolese electro-soukous style, while “Vengo Ganao” is based on Towers’ Afro-Colombian vocals and transports us to a sunny beach in Barranquilla, where a Caribbean sound system sets the mood.

Although they’ve never before set foot in the promised land of champeta, the duo have managed to feel their way into the genre their use of West African rhythms called “despeluques” (translation: frenzy) and an unprecedented use of one of the most distinguished samples of the Yamaha SK5, the “perreo” – that famous synthesised barking sound typical of Afro-Caribbean music. But beyond its specific characteristics, champeta remains a philosophy first and foremost, one that links Colombia to Africa and shows us the strength of a coastal Africanism that has become a real cultural and musical reference.

The track is available on all streaming platforms and the double-title will be released on 45-rpm vinyl in January via Galletas Calientes Records.

Listen to Village Cuts, Louis Towers and Mahon Sounds in our Songs of the Week playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

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