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Afrikan Boy Stands Up For Immigrants In 'Border Business'

Afrikan Boy tackles immigration issues and discusses his experience performing at a refugee camp in Calais with his latest single "Border Business."


Afrikan Boy boldly addresses the on-going issues facing migrants in his latest release "Border Business." The rapper highlights the social and financial struggles that surround immigration by delivering his rhymes from the perspective of a Nigerian immigrant in London, "I'm still a refugee, slave to the currency that deceives me" raps Afrikan Boy. He goes on to express the hardships of having an unfavorable, low-paying job and describes feeling like an outsider in his new home. “When immigrants come to the UK, most of them are willing to work jobs that British citizens like myself are not willing to do. The lyrics to 'Border Business' are just about representing that point of view," mentions the afro-grime MC. The song is colorful and upbeat despite its heavy subject matter and ends on an optimistic note, "never be afraid to live your life, life is a blank check and I'll sign it how the fuck I like."

Afrikan Boy recently performed at a refugee camp in Calais, France which currently holds 4,000 displaced persons from various countries. He spoke about the experience in an interview with Noisey and gave some background on the origins of "Border Business." "I wrote "Border Business" around 2008 / 2009 and it came up on an EP called What Took You So Long that I made when I was studying for my degree. I didn't write it as a response to the current climate. I wrote it because the situation has always been happening. Music has always been my visa. If I hadn't made music then I wouldn't have been invited to come to Calais to play and then write more music that relates to that situation. Music has always been my school of discovery and it is my source of connection," says the rapper. Listen to the track below, for more from Afrikan Boy, check out his latest album The ABCD.

Update 11/30: Watch the Calais-shot music video for "Border Business" 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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