A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire

AJ Holmes & The Hackney Empire are a 6-piece out of London playing a blend Afropop and soukous coupled with British sensibilities. The good people at Ghetto Bassquake released their Radioclit-produced "Fraudian Slip" late last year. Now, The Hackney Empire's back with their sunshine fueled 8-track LP which features collaborations with Sierra Leone's Papa Milo & Folo Graff, Nigerian/London grimester Afrikan Boy and congolese MC Kastro. Stream it below!

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Former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja Has Died

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja has reportedly passed away at age 82. The Nigerien government has announced a three-day national mourning period.

ABC News reports that former Nigerien President Mamadou Tandja reportedly passed away this past Tuesday. The exact cause of death is unclear but reports indicate that the 82-year-old had been battling age-related illnesses for several years. The former head-of-state succumbed to his illness(s) in a hospital in Niamey, Niger. According to VoA, the Nigerien government officially called for the nation to enter into a three-day mourning period.

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