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Video: DJ Spoko 'Cucumba'

Watch an African dance music video from South African kwaito producer DJ Spoko.


South African producer DJ Spoko's been fermenting his own "bacardi house" production style for years now, honing his engineering skills under shangaan electro mastermind Nozinja and, most famously, helping craft the drum pattern behind DJ Mujava's massive hit "Township Funk." He's now readying the release of his Ghost Town EP from indie boutique label True Panther. Watch a video for Spoko's jolting percussion-heavy "Cucumba" below and check out his previously featured remix of Sun Airway and Grave Mix.

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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