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Sierra Leonean Star Bajah Drops A Dancehall Riddim For Broken Hearts

In his new single “Breaking My Heart,” Bajah laments the role that technology’s playing in modern love.

Bajah. Photo by Vanessa Wruble.


Sierra Leonean star Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew) is an old school romantic. In his new single “Breaking My Heart,” the singer & rapper laments the role that technology’s playing in modern love.

The song, produced by the Brooklyn's Teleseen, pairs a 90s dancehall riddim and ‘afrobeats’ influences with Bajah’s West African delivery.

“Breaking My Heart is a song about missed connections in the digital age of romance,” Bajah tells Okayafrica. “Things can be misunderstood and we can just miss each other because of the way we are communicating… when you are traditional and romantic.”

“Sometimes that is not what is winning in the end and the nice guys and girls are having their hearts broken. The idea came in the studio when I was with Gabriel and Brooklyn Shanti, they had the same experience and it was the inspiration for the song,” the singer adds.

Stream and purchase “Breaking My Heart” below, out via Someplace Called Brooklyn. Vinyl 7”s are available here.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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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