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Alec Lomami's 'Ambience A Gogo' Mixtape Is Essential Listening

Alec Lomami’s latest mix is a tapestry of soundscapes—from heavy trap to fast-paced afrobeats, rumba and plenty of remixes.

Kinshasa rapper and DJ Alec Lomami’s latest mix, Ambiance A Gogo, is a tapestry of soundscapes of contemporary music from the continent.


It features heavy trap to fast-paced afrobeats, rumba and some notable remixes—look out for the rework of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

In an e-mail to OkayAfrica, Lomami describes Ambiance A Gogo as “a mix of bangers that will make you dance and a foretaste of what you’ll be hearing from my DJ sets.”

Lomami decided to be a DJ because he only heard Anglophone African music in the US, where he's currently based. “So I thought, fuck it, I should transition from AUX cable extraordinaire to your next favorite push button DJ,” he says. “I could try to put all this music, regardless of language genre and region, out there. Ambiance A Gogo was born.”

The mix features music from artists such as Biz Ice from Congo, Jovi from Cameroon, Anbuley from Ghana, Fabragas Le Metis Noir from DRC, Maleek Berry from Nigeria and Nasty C from South Africa, among others.

Listen to the mix above.

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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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