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Sierra Leonean Rapper Bajah Features On Brooklyn Shanti's 'A Great Night'

Sierra Leonan rapper Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew) guests on Bengali-American musician/producer Brooklyn Shanti's "A Great Night."


Photo via Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew

Sierra Leonean rapper Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew) is a longtime favorite on the site. Last month we premiered a clip of Freetown's own performing "Party Robot" live with Talib Kweli and Res (which will feature on Kweli's Prisoner of Conscious live album). On his latest effort, Bajah adds his signature rapid delivery to a new track from Bengali-American global/tropical bass/dancehall producer/emcee Brooklyn Shanti. "A Great Night," which also features BK's TinaKristina, sees Bajah promise spiritual meaning over a nocturnal wave of drum hits, electronic pings, and echoing guitars. The song is the vocal remix of "A Great Day," the fourth single off Brooklyn Shanti's recent Bedstuyle. The remix debuted at a TEDx event last month in which Shanti spoke on the elements behind his new album, and brought out several of the artists featured (including Bajah and TinaKristina). The trio hit the studio shortly after to record the track. Look out for a video to come soon. Until then, listen to "A Great Night" below, and see Bajah, Brooklyn Shanti and TinaKristina perform it live at TEDx here.

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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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