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Chimurenga Renaissance Pays Tribute To Nina Simone With 'Speak The Truth For Free'

Zimbabwean rapper Chimurenga Renaissance (of Shabazz Palaces) shares a hip-hop tribute to Nina Simone entitled "Speak the Truth For Free."


Zimbabwe's Chimurenga Renaissance aka Tendai 'Baba' Maraire — one half of Seattle-based hip-hop outfit Shabazz Palaces — pays tribute to the legendary Nina Simone with "Speak the Truth for Free," a reworking of a live version of her 1967 ballad "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free." The 4-minute track stays pretty true to the original version, with Simone's musical prowess shining through on the first half of the song accompanied by understated electric piano and guitar riffs. Chimurenga Renaissance follows, delivering an expressive verse with the declaration "speak the truth for free, my soul can't be bought." Listen to the track below, and be sure to catch Shabazz Palace live at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 5.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

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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