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Bateleur x Spoken Word Poet Toast Coetzer At Cape Town's Secret Soirée

Cape Town six-piece Bateleur were joined by spoken word poet Toast Coetzer at their Secret Soirée show.


Photo by Anton Scholtz. Thanks to Charlotte Carter (This White Ou Likes Kwaito) for the image.

While this one is more on the post-rock side of things, we still wanted to shed light on South African band Bateleur's improvisations. Though known for their instrumental bliss, the experimental six-piece were joined last weekend by spoken word poet Toast Coetzer. The performance took place in a living room in Observatory as a part of the Secret Soirée series of "secret and intimate crowdfunded house concerts in the living rooms of fans." The intimate session was recorded in true takeaway show fashion by Aletta Gardner. Watch the dreamy eight minute video below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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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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