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London youths who made ‘drill music’ jailed for planning gang attack



Five London gang members who made ‘drill music’, a niche form of hip-hop that glorifies violence and has been linked by police to a surge in knife crime, received jail sentences on Monday for planning an attack on a rival gang.

The young men from the Notting Hill area of west London, aged between 17 and 21, were arrested last November armed with machetes, baseball bats, masks, balaclavas and gloves.

They initially told police the items were props to make a drill music video, but later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit violent disorder. They had been embroiled in a feud with a gang from nearby Shepherd’s Bush.

The court was shown seven drill music videos, which prosecutors said demonstrated how the group had been promoting violence.

One song called “No Hook” included sounds of gunshots and lyrics about shooting and stabbing such as “Ching (stab) Splash (stab) aim for his lungs,” police said.

The five received sentences ranging up to three-and-a-half years.

Prosecutors are also seeking criminal behavior orders that would ban the men from making drill music for three to five years. A hearing on that issue will be held on Friday.

An increase in knife crime pushed London’s murder rate over that of New York in February and March, for the first time in modern history. [nL5N1RG3LU]

Some social workers have disputed the link between drill music and gang violence, saying cuts in youth services due to fiscal austerity measures are likely to be a more direct cause.

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BBC Endorses DJ Switch; Calls Her A Superstar



DJ Switch

Ghana is on the move as the world’s number one News broadcaster has endorsed Ghana’s youngest Disc Jockey DJ Switch.

DJ Switch who won Ghana’s TV3 Talented Kids in 2017 has been appreciated by BBC

BBC tweeted; Can you believe DJ Switch only started DJ-ing about a year ago? Check out this Ghanaian superstar in action.

See tweet below!!!

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My New Sensational Artist Is Wendy Shay : President Nana Addo



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Ghanaian new female songstress Wendy Shay born Wendy Addo who was in her first interview with Dr Pounds on Hitz Hightable revealed although people are comparing her to Ebony Reigns she isn’t worried about it.

During the interview, Dr Pounds said; I heard you met the President actually when was that?

When Shay the replied and said it was a Monday(Whereby KUBILIVE updated you on this news immediately she released photos of her and the president).

During the interview, Dr Pounds asked her to tell the nation what her conversation and the President was and the Uber Driver hitmaker said it was personal.

Dr Pounds then went on to say, since you mentioned his name in your song what was his take on that.

Wendy Shay revealed, actually it the president’s personal person who told him about it and during their conversation the president made an impressive statement by saying “You Are My New Sensational Artist”.

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Akufo-Addo is lucky; Anas nearly disgraced him : Kennedy Agyapong



Kennedy Agyapong

But for God’s intervention, ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, would have exposed and disgraced President Akufo-Addo with his Number12 documentary on football corruption, Mr Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central has observed.

He said President Akufo-Addo was lucky the investigations were truncated else he could have been exposed and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) would have taken advantage, spin the issues and denigrate the president.

Speaking on Oman FM’s political talk programme – Boiling Point – on Thursday night, Mr Agyapong asked New Patriotic Party (NPP) members to thank God for intervening for President Akufo-Addo.

Mr Agyapong had been out of town for some weeks and only returned this week to continue his campaign of lifting the veil on Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

On the political talk programme Thursday night, he called on NPP members to rally behind and support him [Agyapong] in the fight against Anas and that when a member of the NDC [a doctor] who knows the truth recently offered to defend former GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, the NDC summoned him to the party headquarters and advised him to stay away since Nyantakyi was an NPP man.

Mr Agyapong argued such moves saddens him when he reflects on what pertains within his party the NPP, adding that members of the NPP are rather rejecting one of their own and cannot come together.

Per the information and evidence I have gathered, if President Akufo-Addo after watching the video, became scared and tried to influence Anas with money, the journalist would have disgraced him, the NPP maverick lawmaker said

“He [Anas] was going to show the thing to Nana, to put fear in him so that Nana Addo will pay, but the man [Nana Addo] didn’t” falter,’ he alleged.

Mr Agyapong said Anas truncated the investigations because the BBC was mounting pressure and that instead of focusing on football corruption, because of Nyantakyi’s plently and ‘loose talk’, the whole investigation was gradually turning to focus on President Akufo-Addo and his government, something he said Kweku Baako himself, Anas’s mentor had publicly admitted in many radio and television discussion programmes.

Reiterating his allegations of fraud against the ace journalist for which he has been sued for defamation, Mr Agyapong said Anas, for instance, investigated 55 customs officers and only showed the video of 11, insisting that those who were able to pay him, were not shown in the video.

He insisted $150,000 was demanded from Kwesi Nyantakyi because a friend from Roman Ridge [Accra] approached him [Nyantakyi] and said Anas was ready to drop the documentary if he paid him, “I dare Anas and Kweku Baako to come out and deny this,” Mr Agyapong said.

After that he approached a lawyer and the lawyer collected $100,000 from Nyantakyi to be given to Anas but Anas refused to take the money and as of now, Nyantakyi has not even received the money back [money still with the said lawyer].

This, according to Mr Agyapong was as a result of Nyantakyi’s ‘loose talk’ such that even when he was releasing the money, he passed some comments which Anas got to know about. That is why Anas allegedly refused to accept the money besides the fact that the $100,000 was not up to the $150,000 demanded.

Mr Agyapong said already, from the Number12 documentary, even though it was evidently clear that President Akufo-Addo did not condone with Kwesi Nyantakyi, the NDC was spinning it in an attempt to denigrate the President.

He insisted he [Agyapong] has his reputation on the line and that if he had no evidence to back his outbursts against Anas, he would have kept quiet.

He said throughout his recent international trip through America and other areas, “everybody is waiting for ‘Who watches the watchman’.”

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