Orchestre Poly-Rythmo New 'Cononou Club' Single, 'Pardon'

Strut Records releases Orchestre Poly-Rythmo single "Pardon," off Cononou Club, the group's first new album in over 20 years.

Strut Records has released another great afro-funk song. The single, "Pardon," is off of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo's first new album in over 20 years. Cononou Club is upbeat and shows that time (20 years in fact) hasn't diminished the group's ability at all. Check for a full review of the album on Okayplayer in a few weeks. Produced entirely on vintage analog recording equipment, the album is due out April 12th.

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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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