July 28, 2017
#Culture | In the midst of 2 hot African collabos, who cares R Kelly leads a sex cult?

During the first months of 2017, the big news about Fally Ipupa and R Kelly dropped on the internet. This was an exciting info because, here is another indication of Fally’s international success as he can now rub elbows with an RnB superstar, the one and only R Kelly. Fally had probably wanted this exclusive collabo since “Hands Across the World”, One8’s project reuniting a bunch of great African acts, Ipupa included, in a song with R Kelly.

Nidja, Fally Ipupa’s track featuring Robert Kelly, made the “Tookos” album released in July 2017. The song is a slick mix of Rumba & Blues, showing how excellent Kelly still is. Indeed, the RnB crooner peeled off fantastically every sharp string of a warm guitar as it blurred into heavy hip hop beats. And it is always sexy, “Give it to me all night long” both Fally and Kelly regurgitated at some point throughout. But Kelly was soft, not arrogant as if he made a concerted effort to only be a supportive act and let Fally shine. It all worked well, and although “Nidja” is one of the last tracks on the “Tookos” tracklist, it is undoubtedly one to look out for.

What’s shocking is the fact that 10 days after the release of Fally’s album, one of its main attractions, Robert Kelly was exposed for allegedly holding multiple women against their will in an "abusive cult." Kelly is said to have brainwashed the women, who live in his properties and he controls their lives, while these women profess their undying love for Mr. Kelly. Sex scandals about R. Kelly should not be a surprise anymore because everybody knows he loves women and likes them young. He is not known to be in a committed relationship with one woman and was accused on 14 child porn counts back in 2008.

Again, allegations of Kelly’s habit of abusing young women and girls have been public knowledge for years. Why would Fally feel so unbothered by this behavior that he would do a song about sexing a woman with R. Kelly, considering the following?

According to 2015 reports, Minova, a town in Fally’s homecountry –DRC-, is the site of one of the darkest episodes of sexual violence in a country that the UN has called the “rape capital of the world”, a place where one study estimated that 48 women are raped every hour. The DRC star even has a personal story about rape as his own half-brother raped the singer’s niece, his brother’s own daughter. But Ipupa did do his best to support the victims of rape in his country. He even provided an ambulance to a hospital caring for rape victims.

Fally may not want to care about Kelly’s personal life but if you were his raped niece, would you find it okay for your uncle to sympathize with someone who seems to have no respect for women?
But again, rape, genital mutilations, and many other forms of abuse are still the norm in Africa. It’s sad but close to that, what Kelly is alleged to be doing to these women isn’t the worst.

This is probably why, Davido also thought it would be a great idea to have Kelly “the great” on the remix of his hit song “If”. Rolling Stone described Davido’s music as “the difference between dance music's up-tempo beats, R&B melodies and hip-hop's effortless swag. Yet it's all incorporated through a sound that is distinctly African, with rhythms that prove to be more compulsively danceable than most things making waves on the Hot 100.”

Kelly’s added verses on “If” made a bomb remix released this past June. It was more shocking, with a lot more sexual connotations than in “Nidja”. Above sex, R Kelly also talks about taking drugs, “we roll it up and we smoke it up 'til we kiss the sky”. He also admits to be dangerous and it is not hard to imagine the savage in him on this one.

But amidst the talks about that remix, nobody remembered the fact that R Kelly is being questioned for his sexual behavior in real life for more than 10 years.

According to culture critic Jamilah Lemieux, R. Kelly is getting away with his alleged behavior because he has the support of African American women who cry a government led conspiracy against black men.

From an African perspective, people don’t care because it doesn’t seem that horrible compared to what is known to be going on in Africa. Africans don’t care because they have other things to worry about.

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