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Chief Boima Remixes Underground System's 'Bella Ciao'

Chief Boima reworks afrobeat Band Underground System's "Bella Ciao" for their 5-track "Bella Ciao Remixed" EP out August 5th.


This past February, Brooklyn based afrobeat band Underground System released Bella Ciao, a two-track EP that boosted the hectic rhythms, blazing horns and genre-splicing elements that the band is known for. Now, the 10-member group is prepping the release of Bella Ciao Remixed (via Ropeadope Records), a 5-track EP featuring reworked tracks from Brooklyn-based trio Archie Pelago, Underground System’s own band leader Peter Matson and Das Racist alum Kool A.D & Kassa Overall (aka Kool & Kass). Globe trotting beatmaker Chief Boima also appears on the EP, giving his own slowed down, bass-heavy rendition of the title track. Adding an explosive drum pad line and looping the female frontline chant into a hypnotic circle, Boima creates a down and dirty scorcher ready for dance floors across the world. The full-length Bella Ciao Remixed EP drops August 5th and can be pre-ordered/purchased on iTunes. Until then listen to Chief Boima's "Bella Ciao" rework below and for more from Boima check out his Africa In Your Earbuds mix he did for us a while back.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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