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South African police arrest 120 illegal migrants after gang-rape case sparks xenophobic protests – The Telegraph

South African mobs have burnt down the homes of illegal migrants as they seek to avenge the gang rape of eight women in an attack which shocked the nation.

Thousands of angry residents from the Kagiso township, west of Johannesburg, beat illegal mine workers, commonly known as “zama zamas”, with machetes and clubs on Thursday. It comes amid rising xenophobic violence in the “Rainbow Nation”.

Most of the illegal miners come from neighbouring countries and work in unsafe conditions in the abandoned mineshafts that surround Johannesburg.

Locals blamed foreign migrants for the gang rape of a group of models who had travelled to the abandoned mines, near West Village, Krugersdorp, to shoot a gospel music video last week.

As they were filming, the assailants emerged out of the bush and fired warning shots into the air. The models were ordered to lie down at gunpoint and then taken one by one into the bush to be raped.  

Police have arrested more than 120 people in connection with the sexual assault of eight women in Kagiso


Police have arrested more than 120 people in connection with the sexual assaults


Credit: AP

One of the victims said she pretended to have a miscarriage after she was violated to avoid being raped again.

“I had no way out but to lie, because they were picking us up one by one. There were others who were raped by six to 10 men,” she told local press.

Another victim recalled how some of the younger boys were forced to rape the women by older gang members, or risk being beaten themselves.

Women protest outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court where some of the men arrested for the gang rape of eight women appeared on Aug 1


Women protest outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court where some of the men arrested for the gang rape of eight women appeared on Aug 1


Credit: AP

The shocking case has sparked a wave of anti-migrant sentiment in South Africa, which has a long history of xenophobia against African immigrants.

The police said illegal migrants who travel to the area in search of informal work from neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Cameroon were behind the attack. Since the incident, more than 120 people have been arrested.

The government is facing increasing pressure to deal with illegal immigrants. It has warned around 160,000 Zimbabweans who have temporary work permits that they must leave South Africa by the end of the year unless they get a formal permit.

The visas were issued in 2009 to Zimbabweans working illegally in South Africa. The move was seen as a gesture of goodwill while former president Robert Mugabe drove Zimbabwe into the ground with disastrous economic policies.

The visa, which was initially granted for a five-year period, had been extended twice. The sudden U-turn is believed to be a show of force by South Africa’s government which is keen to demonstrate action against illegal migrants.

The UN warned in July that the country “is on the precipice of explosive violence” due to anti-migrant discourse from senior government officials.

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‘The soundtrack to this year’s multi-cultural gem’ – Trenchtown line-up released for Electric Picnic – Offaly Live

Trenchtown is much more than a festival arena, it is a way of life! And it has just announced the amazing line-up for this year’s Electric Picnic

Reggae, Roots, Ska, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and Rocksteady lay the soundtrack to this multi-cultural gem.

The oasis in the woods is home to three stages and celebrates a melting pot of Jamaican, Irish, Caribbean and African fusion. 

By day, Trenchtown brings the sunshine, and by night it brings the heat, with a nod to Kingston’s legendary street parties, the KINGSTON 12 ARENA lights its fyah and the flames ‘bun deep into the small hours. 

Trenchtown is filled with music, art, dance and interactive performance, transporting its visitors with sights, sounds and tastes and invites them to sample a slice of Ireland’s new, emerging and evolving culture, paying homage to its roots and influences while proudly championing a completely homegrown entertainment line-up for 2022…

Ireland’s no.1 reggae ambassador CIAN FINN has blazed a musical trail from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica and beyond.

His 2015 debut album This Applies featured a performance alongside Max Romeo, among other reggae royalty.

Before releasing his debut solo album, Cian fronted the band Intinn, an Irish dub and dancehall collective that made a big enough impression to earn them spots on the same stages as The Wailers, The Skatalites and UB40.

This year, Cian presents his latest offering, his sophomore solo album –  ‘When We Were Young’. Ten powerful tracks journeying from the melodic to heavy hitting basslines, all best enjoyed live ‘inna da dance.

The Light Runners

THE LIGHT RUNNERS feature some of the best reggae musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Denmark and Ireland and are a rare treat with a backstory as exciting and interesting as their music.

Band members have fled dictatorships, spent years touring the world with soukous bands and even led gospel choirs. Staying true to ‘Roots Reggae’ the band are in the studio recording their debut album that preaches ‘One love, peace and harmony’ in a time of fake news, war, migration, and xenophobia, sending a message of solidarity and unity.

The Light Runners have become synonymous with hypnotic hooks and fluid vocal harmonies with a distinctly African flair, a live show not to be missed.

Veteran Dublin sound system WORRIES OUTERNATIONAL have been promoting reggae and dancehall music at home and abroad for over two decades.

The crew’s legendary club nights ‘Dancehall Styles’ and ‘Reggae Fever’ provided a focal point for the scene in the capital for many years, earning them a loyal following in the process. Six selectors make up the current line-up, each of whom bring their own style and flavour, while staying firmly rooted in the Sound System tradition.

A typical Worries session includes a crucial mix of roots, revival, digital and dancehall styles, served up with an infectious energy.

Friday nights on RTÉ 2FM are all about DJ WAX. His playlist selection bounces across the airwaves carrying the freshest Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, RnB and prominently introduces new Irish acts among a host of global chart topping artists. 

Also performing across the weekend is Dublin’s all dayer party specialists SIM SIMMA, Dublin based original Ska band THE SKATUESQUES, broadcaster, producer and DJ STEVIE G will be joined by REA BRIZY, while Ireland’s original Rasta Soundsystem crew REVELATION SOUND will be powering up Trenchtown’s AFRIKAYA stage, joined by WORLD BASS CULTURE and many more guests…

Elsewhere in the tropical wonderland, take time to chill, kick back and feel the sand under your feet on TREASURE BEACH. Explore the art and cuisine on offer, sample blue mountain coffee from Jamaica, food from the Caribbean, and global music from all corners of our emerald Isle.

Join the interactive Dance and Drum workshops, and get ready to shake your batty to the carnival atmosphere with pop-up performances from HAPPY CITY SAMBA BAND, TOP 8 STREET DANCE CYPHER, BABYLONS INFERNO and so many, many more…

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‘A way of life’ – Trenchtown releases incredible line-up for this year’s EP – Kildare Live

TRENCHTOWN has proudly announced over fifty amazing acts for this year’s Electric Picnic!

Reggae, Roots, Ska, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and Rocksteady lay the soundtrack to this multi-cultural gem.

The oasis in the woods is home to three stages and celebrates a melting pot of Jamaican, Irish, Caribbean and African fusion. 

By day, Trenchtown brings the sunshine, and by night it brings the heat, with a nod to Kingston’s legendary street parties, the KINGSTON 12 ARENA lights its fyah and the flames ‘bun deep into the small hours. 

Trenchtown is filled with music, art, dance and interactive performance, transporting its visitors with sights, sounds and tastes and invites them to sample a slice of Ireland’s new, emerging and evolving culture, paying homage to its roots and influences while proudly championing a completely homegrown entertainment line-up for 2022…

Ireland’s no.1 reggae ambassador CIAN FINN has blazed a musical trail from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica and beyond.

His 2015 debut album This Applies featured a performance alongside Max Romeo, among other reggae royalty.

Before releasing his debut solo album, Cian fronted the band Intinn, an Irish dub and dancehall collective that made a big enough impression to earn them spots on the same stages as The Wailers, The Skatalites and UB40.

This year, Cian presents his latest offering, his sophomore solo album –  ‘When We Were Young’. Ten powerful tracks journeying from the melodic to heavy hitting basslines, all best enjoyed live ‘inna da dance.

THE LIGHT RUNNERS feature some of the best reggae musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Denmark and Ireland and are a rare treat with a backstory as exciting and interesting as their music.

Band members have fled dictatorships, spent years touring the world with soukous bands and even led gospel choirs. Staying true to ‘Roots Reggae’ the band are in the studio recording their debut album that preaches ‘One love, peace and harmony’ in a time of fake news, war, migration, and xenophobia, sending a message of solidarity and unity.

The Light Runners have become synonymous with hypnotic hooks and fluid vocal harmonies with a distinctly African flair, a live show not to be missed.

Veteran Dublin sound system WORRIES OUTERNATIONAL have been promoting reggae and dancehall music at home and abroad for over two decades.

The crew’s legendary club nights ‘Dancehall Styles’ and ‘Reggae Fever’ provided a focal point for the scene in the capital for many years, earning them a loyal following in the process. Six selectors make up the current line-up, each of whom bring their own style and flavour, while staying firmly rooted in the Sound System tradition.

A typical Worries session includes a crucial mix of roots, revival, digital and dancehall styles, served up with an infectious energy.

Friday nights on RTÉ 2FM are all about DJ WAX. His playlist selection bounces across the airwaves carrying the freshest Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, RnB and prominently introduces new Irish acts among a host of global chart topping artists. 

Also performing across the weekend is Dublin’s all dayer party specialists SIM SIMMA, Dublin based original Ska band THE SKATUESQUES, broadcaster, producer and DJ STEVIE G will be joined by REA BRIZY, while Ireland’s original Rasta Soundsystem crew REVELATION SOUND will be powering up Trenchtown’s AFRIKAYA stage, joined by WORLD BASS CULTURE and many more guests…

Elsewhere in the tropical wonderland, take time to chill, kick back and feel the sand under your feet on TREASURE BEACH. Explore the art and cuisine on offer, sample blue mountain coffee from Jamaica, food from the Caribbean, and global music from all corners of our emerald Isle.

Join the interactive Dance and Drum workshops, and get ready to shake your batty to the carnival atmosphere with pop-up performances from HAPPY CITY SAMBA BAND, TOP 8 STREET DANCE CYPHER, BABYLONS INFERNO and so many, many more…

Trenchtown is much more than a festival arena, it is a way of life.

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‘A way of life’ – Trenchtown releases incredible line-up for this year’s EP – Kildare Now

TRENCHTOWN has proudly announced over fifty amazing acts for this year’s Electric Picnic!

Reggae, Roots, Ska, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and Rocksteady lay the soundtrack to this multi-cultural gem.

The oasis in the woods is home to three stages and celebrates a melting pot of Jamaican, Irish, Caribbean and African fusion. 

By day, Trenchtown brings the sunshine, and by night it brings the heat, with a nod to Kingston’s legendary street parties, the KINGSTON 12 ARENA lights its fyah and the flames ‘bun deep into the small hours. 

Trenchtown is filled with music, art, dance and interactive performance, transporting its visitors with sights, sounds and tastes and invites them to sample a slice of Ireland’s new, emerging and evolving culture, paying homage to its roots and influences while proudly championing a completely homegrown entertainment line-up for 2022…

Ireland’s no.1 reggae ambassador CIAN FINN has blazed a musical trail from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica and beyond.

His 2015 debut album This Applies featured a performance alongside Max Romeo, among other reggae royalty.

Before releasing his debut solo album, Cian fronted the band Intinn, an Irish dub and dancehall collective that made a big enough impression to earn them spots on the same stages as The Wailers, The Skatalites and UB40.

This year, Cian presents his latest offering, his sophomore solo album –  ‘When We Were Young’. Ten powerful tracks journeying from the melodic to heavy hitting basslines, all best enjoyed live ‘inna da dance.

THE LIGHT RUNNERS feature some of the best reggae musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Denmark and Ireland and are a rare treat with a backstory as exciting and interesting as their music.

Band members have fled dictatorships, spent years touring the world with soukous bands and even led gospel choirs. Staying true to ‘Roots Reggae’ the band are in the studio recording their debut album that preaches ‘One love, peace and harmony’ in a time of fake news, war, migration, and xenophobia, sending a message of solidarity and unity.

The Light Runners have become synonymous with hypnotic hooks and fluid vocal harmonies with a distinctly African flair, a live show not to be missed.

Veteran Dublin sound system WORRIES OUTERNATIONAL have been promoting reggae and dancehall music at home and abroad for over two decades.

The crew’s legendary club nights ‘Dancehall Styles’ and ‘Reggae Fever’ provided a focal point for the scene in the capital for many years, earning them a loyal following in the process. Six selectors make up the current line-up, each of whom bring their own style and flavour, while staying firmly rooted in the Sound System tradition.

A typical Worries session includes a crucial mix of roots, revival, digital and dancehall styles, served up with an infectious energy.

Friday nights on RTÉ 2FM are all about DJ WAX. His playlist selection bounces across the airwaves carrying the freshest Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, RnB and prominently introduces new Irish acts among a host of global chart topping artists. 

Also performing across the weekend is Dublin’s all dayer party specialists SIM SIMMA, Dublin based original Ska band THE SKATUESQUES, broadcaster, producer and DJ STEVIE G will be joined by REA BRIZY, while Ireland’s original Rasta Soundsystem crew REVELATION SOUND will be powering up Trenchtown’s AFRIKAYA stage, joined by WORLD BASS CULTURE and many more guests…

Elsewhere in the tropical wonderland, take time to chill, kick back and feel the sand under your feet on TREASURE BEACH. Explore the art and cuisine on offer, sample blue mountain coffee from Jamaica, food from the Caribbean, and global music from all corners of our emerald Isle.

Join the interactive Dance and Drum workshops, and get ready to shake your batty to the carnival atmosphere with pop-up performances from HAPPY CITY SAMBA BAND, TOP 8 STREET DANCE CYPHER, BABYLONS INFERNO and so many, many more…

Trenchtown is much more than a festival arena, it is a way of life.

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