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Alec Lomami 'Mélancolie Joyeuse' EP [Download]

Download DRC producer/rapper Alec Lomami's standout EP.


Like we hinted at yesterday, DRC producer/rapper Alec Lomami's long-awaited Mélancolie Joyeuse EP is a joyful combination of electronic afro-pop sounds, hip-hop kicks and English/French/Lingala melodies — all sprinkled with some well-chopped samples from the likes of Miriam Makeba, Outkast, Mike Jones, Watch The Throne and many more. Stream and download the EP below or on Alec's bandcamp, it features Well$, Congolese disapora rappers Sammus & Badi Banx and production by Federico Mejia (of Youth South) and SoulstarzmuseeQ.

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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