African Music at New York's CMJ Festival

It's that time of the year again in New York City when virtually every band in existence migrates to Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn to play the CMJ Music Marathon. Being an American "college music" festival (that's College Music Journal), its waves of showcases and concerts are generally fronted by Northern indie acts. But that's not to say Africa isn't represented, below are a few select events featuring music from the continent:

- Society HAE's Afrika 21 Showcase with Nomsa Mazwai (South Africa), Kahli Adbu (Nigeria), Sheba (Ehtiopia), Chief Boima (Sierra Leone), Lamin Fofana (Sierra Leone) and Frei of The Ahficionados (AFRIKA21) at The Dekalb Market. They even made a mix!

- Planet Hip Hop, hosted by Nomadic Wax and World Hip Hop Market, featuring The Reminders, Omar Offendum, Masla One, Krussia, Rahzemos, JMNI, Babaluku, Koyaki, and DJ Boo at 200 Hudson Street.

- Ayshay and Awesome Tapes From Africa are DJing the Altered Zones party at The New Museum.

- DJ/Rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz showcase with Atropolis, Gun Selectah, Mexicans With Guns, and Toy Selectah at Public Assembly.

- Hindi Zahra will be playing the France Rocks NYC showcase at Hiro Ballroom.

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments! All flyers and more info on the showcases below.


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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.

Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.

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