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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #3: QOOL DJ MARV - 'REACH'


Head to a Qool DJ Marv set and you'll witness an array of selections that span at least three decades of American music. In a given night, Marv can toggle through renaissance jazz, R&B, golden era hip-hop, funk, and reggae tracks, to name a few, in an astonishingly fluid manner.

A Philly-born New Yorker, DJ Marv's diverse sounds have helped him carve a niche in local and international circles. A veteran beat selector, Marv's had noteworthy stints abroad in Manchester and Berlin, as well as donned the stage with the likes of A Tribe Called QuestDe La SoulThe Roots, Erykah Badu, George Clinton and P-Funk, Busta Rhymes and more — dude's got quite the track record.

With Africa In Your Earbuds #3: REACH, Qool DJ Marv delivers a 52-minute deep house mix inspired by his experiences at Croatia's SunceBeat and The Garden music festivals. He threw us names like Larry Heard, Tony Humphries, Lil Louis & The World, Theo Parrish, Karizma, DJ Spen, and Osunlade as major influences on what he calls his "Africa dipped piece of musical information."

On the title of his mix, Marv explains:

From a multidimensional wide-angle lens perspective, REACH can mean the reach of Africa's rhythms, global, or REACH can mean my hand reaching for yours for the solidarity soul shake. REACH is a directive to reflect and envision, then go for yours with pride. Blood, DNA, or internet wires, we are one - uthando (= affection).

New Yorkers: catch Qool DJ Marv live at Harlem's Red Rooster every Thursday evening from 7pm-12 midnight and every Saturday afternoon from 10:30am-4:00pm. And big up to Underdog for the (always) dope artwork!

Listen and DOWNLOAD Africa In Your Earbuds #3: Qool DJ Marv - 'REACH' below!

Tracklist

Uthando (Shun Tyger Evasion Remix) - Deejay Echo Deep ft Mam Mahlaba (South Africa)

Mirror Dance (Yoruba Soul Remix Featuring Oveous Maximus) - Afefe Iku (Kenya)

Envision (Ame remix) - Osunlade

Prayer Drumz (Drummapella Main) - DJ Sabelo (South Africa)

Wilile (Antonello Coghe & Rancido African Mystery Mix - Mixed By Louie Vega) - Boddhi Satva Pres. Mangala Camara (Central African Republic)

Money (King Britt Mix) - Zaki Ibrahim (South Africa)

Roho Yangu (Feat. Mfalme) (Jihad's Movement Mix) - Morra DeRey & the Heavy Quarterz (South Africa)

Cries of the Son (Zulus at Work Ethnic Time Mix) - Mali the Deejay (South Africa)

Pride (Main Mix) - Osunlade presents Nadirah Shakoor

We Are One (Feat. Hugh Masekela /Louie Vega Eol Mix) - Black Coffee (South Africa)

Wires (The Parrish Mix) - Owiny Sigoma Band (Kenya)

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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