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Audio: DJ/Rupture Remembers DJ Mehdi


Jace Clayton, aka DJ/Rupture, wrote up a thoughtful tribute to recently deceased French-Tunisian producer DJ Medhi. Though most people know Medhi's work through his Parisian-electronic Ed Banger affiliations, he actually made his name producing beats in the heydays of French underground hip-hop. DJ/Rupture chose to concentrate on one such beat "Tonton Du Bled" — Mehdi's 1999 Algerian-influenced track which he crafted for Paris rap crew 113. The tune is an absolute gem that confidently embraces the multi-continental, Afro-Arab and French, identity of its creator. Listen below and read DJ/Rupture's illuminative full post. RIP DJ Mehdi.

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113, "Tonton Du Bled" (Prod. by DJ Mehdi)

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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