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Exclusive: Congo Beat Making Lab's Afro-Moombahton 'Zenga'

Stream an exclusive of Congo Beat Making lab's afro-moombahton single "Zenga."


Congo Beat Making Lab is set to release Amani Goma EP — the culmination of the tracks recorded by Pierce Freelon and Apple Juice Kid with young artists and students in Goma, DRC through their Beat Making Lab curriculum. "Zenga," the second single off Amani Goma, is a sun-tinged afro-moombahton concoction featuring Congolese maverick guitarist Flamme Kapaya, produced by Apple Juice Kid. Stream it below, check out their previous stomper single "Cho Cho Cho," and look for the full Amani Goma EP dropping tomorrow! Below that, watch a behind-the-scenes episode of Congo Beat Making Lab.

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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