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Audio: LV Members Form SwamiMillion [EP Download]

Listen to + download the new two-track single 'Sours' from UK production duo SwamiMillion, also known as two-thirds of LV.


If introducing new production unit SwamiMillion conjures up images of some kind of future-telling, blinged out entity, you might not be too far off in your assumptions. Their 2-track debut release Sours is reminiscent of a voyage into the sonic future led by robots rocking custom grills. The duo is comprised of Si Williams and Will Horrocks, two thirds of UK-based electronic production powerhouse LV — the group that just so happened to top Okayafrica's Best Albums of 2012 list with their excellent Sebenza release.

SwamiMillion marks a departure for Williams and Horrocks, as they explore an edgier hip hop sound with dislocated pulsing synths and out of place snares — all designed with the intention of creating beats that hit you in places when you least expect them to. If you're intimidated by such wanton experimentation, don't be; the two-track Sours album bangs from front to end, even if it's not quite the journey you expected to go on. Stream and download Sours below as a name-your-price available from the group's new imprint Alter-Id.

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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