The artist is at the forefront of the protest movement against his country's regime.
Eyewitness accounts charge that government forces dropped upwards of 30 bombs in the country's southeast, destroying schools, churches, and medical facilities, according to Amnesty International.
Two weeks after a disputed election, police clashed with unidentified gunmen and youth opposition members set two state buildings on fire in Brazzaville.
Sassou Nguesso's political opposition has accused him of cheating for reelection, insisting that independent counts showed that he did not secure the 60 percent of the vote that the official count awarded him.
It's no coincidence that protests this year in the Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and South Africa came at a time when Africa's youth population is booming.
In 2015, keeping power by force went out of fashion for some East and Central African leaders, who instead found ways to stay at the top legally -- but not without a fierce opposition.
Following violent protests, a constitutional referendum held in Congo passed by a landslide, lifting restrictions on President Denis Sassou Nguesso standing for another term — after 32 years in charge.
Protesters Shot and Killed in Congo Republic Demonstrating Against Attempts to Extend President's 32-Year Rule
President Denis Sassou Nguesso, a 71-year-old former military commander, has ruled Congo for all but five years since 1979. On Sunday, the country will vote on constitutional reform to remove an age limit on the presidency and abolish term limits.
Yet another government trying to cut access to information.