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Buraka Som Sistema's Branko, Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack Join Forces On 'Let Me Go'

Branko brings zouk bass into R&B territory with the help of South African vocalist Nonku Phiri and LA producer Mr. Carmack.


Buraka Som Sistema co-founder Branko has been readying the release of his debut solo album Atlas, a project that aims to channel the Lisbon producer's global club influences and pop sensibilities through several cross-genre collaborations with artists from across the world. For "Let Me Go," Branko flew down to South Africa where he connected with SA vocalist Nonku Phiri (aka JungFreud) and L.A.-based beatmaker Mr. Carmack at Cape Town's Red Bull Studios. The result of their collaboration is a striking track that brings zouk bass drum patterns into R&B territory with the aid of flourishing synthesizers and Nonku’s smooth Venda and English vocals — if you're not familiar, we highly suggest you check out her debut solo single and collaboration with Card On Spokes and Okmalumkoolkat. Revisit Branko's previous Atlas single "Eventually" while we wait for the album to drop September 4 on Enchufada. Pre-orders are available now.

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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