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Audio: Congo Beat Making Lab 'Cho Cho Cho'

African hip hop project Congo Beat Making Lab releases their first track, "Cho Cho Cho," which you can listen to and download here.


It's been a little while since we've updated you on the UNC Chapel Hill Beat Making Lab project taking place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but today we have a treat to refresh your memory. The brainchild of UNC professors Apple Juice Kid and Pierce Freelon, the Congo Beat Making Lab is the result of the two bringing the curriculum of their popular UNC course of the same name to Yole!Africa, a Congolese non-profit dedicated to bringing arts education to youth in the city of Goma. Along with providing a crash course in beatmaking, the partnership also found the two setting up a full studio in Goma for students to continue working on their music. The project's first official track "Cho Cho Cho" is a straight banger. Stream it below and if you'd like to own a copy for yourself while supporting the Beat Making Lab, you can purchase the download here with half of the proceeds going to the Lab directly.

>>>Stream/Download: Congo Beat Making Lab "Cho Cho Cho"

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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