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1973 Nigerian Psych-Rock Blo 'Chapter One'

Mr Bongo reissues Nigerian psych-rock band Blo 'Chapter One.'


Just as we're gearing up for Luaka Bop's Onyeabor mania, another reissue courtesy of 1970s Nigeria might have to take speaker priority. Nigerian trio Blo is considered by many to be the first psych-rock band to emerge (whatever that means...) from the continent. Taken together, the names Berkely ‘Ike’ Jones (guitar), Laolu ‘Akins’ Akintobi (drums), and Mike ‘Gbenga’ Odumosu (bass) result in not only an acronym (Blo), but also a pioneering fusion in afro-psychedelic funk. The definitive Blo release Chapter One (1973, EMI) is now seeing new life as the latest Mr Bongo reissue, a real deal vibe in a world that can always use a bit more authentic psychedelia. Blo's Chapter One reissue is out now on Vinyl LP/CD via Mr Bongo. Listen to standouts below, including the particularly chilled "Time to Face the Sun," later sampled by LA-based producer Madlib.

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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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