Africa In Your Earbuds


Voices of Black is a Providence, RI production duo comprised of Baba Ali and Jules Born. The two craft innovative electronic concoctions that have been featured alongside labelmate and friend Nicolas Jaar as well as in fashion house Yves Saint Laurent ads.

For Africa In Your Earbuds #13, Baba Ali — whose father grew up in Nigeria as a relative to the Kuti family — gives us a slow burning excursion into "how Africa often exists in the mind as a concept... [as] an idea in the same way that one would consider blackness."

The mixtape's first 15 minutes are low-key and pensive, patiently building to a captivating Afrofuturist progression. On his choice of cuts Baba states,

"I sourced music from the African diaspora and also artists that are considered to exist outside of any perceived sphere of "African" existence or identity. The result was a musical journey across the globe —starting in South Africa, to Paris, Minnesota, Peru, Nigeria, Germany, NY, Brazil, and then finally, Japan."

Stream and download AIYE # 13: Voices of Black below! And a big up to Underdog for hooking up the cover art!


Abdullah Ibrahim - Ishmael

Al Quetz aka Quetzal - Stolen Land (The Imf Vs Africa)

Nomo - Nocturne

Faraón Bantú - Westbound Train (feat. Quantic)

Tony Allen - Asiko

Faraón Bantú - Macaco Mata el Toro (Batata Remix) [feat. Nova Lima]

Henrik Schwarz & Amampondo - I Exist Because of You (Henrik Schwarz Live Version)

Push/Pull featuring Buster Phott - Zulu Man (We're One Nation)

Push/Pull featuring Rebal 3 - Bang the Drums

Barbatuques - Num Deu Pra Credita

kaoru inoue - Kamui Fuchi [feat. D.G (Loveight)]


News Brief
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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."

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