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Kanye in Uganda: Recording in a Tent, Giving Yeezys

West and family are visiting Africa until Friday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2018 10:05 AM CDT
Kanye West smiles as he listens to a question from a reporter in the Oval Office with President Trump on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Kanye West has met with Uganda's president during a visit to the East African nation and given the 74-year-old leader a pair of white sneakers. President Yoweri Museveni said he and the American rapper held "fruitful discussions" on Monday about promoting tourism and arts, reports the AP. Uganda's presidency released photos of a hoodie-wearing West meeting Museveni at the State House and exchanging gifts. West and wife Kim Kardashian West have been vacationing in a national park in Uganda. He's trying to finish his ninth album, Yandhi, and is recording music in a tent, reports Quartz. West previously delayed the album, which was due in September, saying it needed an energy he could only find in Africa.

While excited tourism officials see the visit as an endorsement of the country's tourism potential, some Ugandans wryly pointed out that Museveni cracked down on hoodies earlier this year when, in a bid to fight rising crime, he announced that motorcycle riders could no longer wear them. The president, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, has been at the center of unrest in recent weeks as Uganda's large youth population increasingly expresses frustration over unemployment and accuses Museveni of being out of touch. Uganda's government has been criticized over its treatment of a local pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker, Bobi Wine, who alleges torture by security forces. The government denies it.

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