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Afika NX Dances Across The Streets Of Brooklyn In 'C'est La Vie'

South African-American rapper Afika NX blends Caribbean melodies and a highly-addictive beat in his latest music video for "C'est La Vie."


Photo by Izzy Filippini.

South African-American rapper Afika NX comes through with his latest foot-stomping single "C'est La Vie," a track that propels the MC's bold bars with the use of Caribbean-infused melodies and a highly-addictive beat. "The song is for anyone who's ever been broke in New York City," Afika NX tells Okayafrica via e-mail. "We wanted to make something fun, and communicate to people that money should never define you or limit your enjoyment of life. I'm a huge Missy fan, and a huge Busta fan, and there's definitely some Afro-Caribbean influences in there."

The single's Gabriel Garcia Rosa-directed music video follows Afika NX and crew of dancers as they bust some pretty impressive moves across the streets of Brooklyn. "We made that video in one day — just got together a bunch of creative people in Brooklyn to see what we could come up with in an afternoon. It's got hip-hop dance, West African dance, Afro-Caribbean rhythm, absolutely sick choreography. It's low budget and fun — just like the message of the song and just like it should be. We love it."

Stream our premiere of Afika NX's "C'est La Vie," from the NYC-based rapper's forthcoming EP, below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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