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Here's a Raw Afro-Electronic Mix From Odile Myrtil

"Ezili II is a musical world tour that reconciles the Caribbean and African identity," she tells us.

Odile Myrtil is a Montréal-based singer, DJ, and artist exploring experimental club music. She's also a resident of the city's Moonshine Collective, which features acts like Pierre Kwenders.

In her latest mix, Ezili II, Myrtil presents a dark electronic excursion into the sounds of the Caribbean and West Africa.

The mix, which we're premiering today, kicks off with a raw & aggressive section and then seamlessly blends into increasingly laid-back tracks from the likes of Olamide and others. Most notably: it was inspired by a Haitian Voudou spirit figure.


"Ezili II is a musical world tour that reconciles the Caribbean and African identity," Odile Myrtil tells OkayAfrica. "The first half starts on a high energy BPM, featuring my favorites tracks by musicians of the Afro Diaspora I love, like Cooly G and Roska."

"The second part is slower paced, providing a sexy, low-key and fun island vibe to sail on, with tracks from Olamide or Shannon, an amazing MC from Martinique. I really wanted to embody in sound the complex personality of Haitian Vodou loa Erzulie, a mother figure that represents vengeance, rage and also freedom."

Get into the 56-minute mix below and grab Moonshine Collective's latest drop, SMS For Location, Vol. 2, here.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.