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Blitz The Ambassador On Art + Bob Marley 'Soul Rebel' Cover In Paris

Blitz the Ambassador meets with Sierra Leonean songstress Mariama on her 'Take Me to Paris' series. The two discuss art and play a cover of "Soul Rebel."


Taking a break from being an "African in New York," Blitz the Ambassador's travels recently led him to Paris, where the Ghanaian emcee met with Sierra Leonean-born songstress and host of Take Me To ParisMariama. The fourth episode in the short video series finds Blitz and Mariama at Le Comptoir General, a museum dedicated to the former French colonies– specifically how the French government continued to interfere with their independence. The clip's first half sees the two discussing the correctness (or lack of) the term "ghetto art" and lessons that the music community could (or might not need to) learn from the World Cup. The Parisian soiree closes out with a take on Bob Marley's classic "Soul Rebel," which Blitz lends some rhymes on. Watch the talk and acoustic session 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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