Africa

Congolese musician in jail, accused of assault on dancer

The lawyer for a popular Congolese musician says he has spent two nights in jail in Kinshasa under provisional arrest after being accused of assaulting a female member of his band.

Tony Mwaba Kazadi said Thursday that rumba musician Koffi Olomide was put in jail Tuesday for intentional assault. He said an investigation is under way and a hearing must be held soon.

Footage posted on social media last week showed Olomide kicking a female dancer at the airport in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Many Kenyans called for his arrest. Kenya deported him Saturday.

Olomide apologized for the incident Sunday in Congo.

Olomide, who has toured in Africa and Europe, is popular for a style of music called "soukous," in which dancers rhythmically shake their hips in seemingly erotic routines.