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Introducing Pharrell-Groomed Nigerian-American Duo Christian Rich

Nigerian-American production duo Christian Rich produced for Drake, Childish Gambino and Earl Sweatshirt, now share new song, 'Toronto'.


Christian Rich, the production duo consisting of Chicago-born Nigerian twins Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan, is most likely an unfamiliar act to many music fans out there despite their impressive track record, which boasts production credits for some of today's biggest hip-hop acts. Protégés of visionary producer and global tastemaker Pharrell, Taiwo and Kehinde have spent most of their career behind the scenes, contributing their sound to hip-hop heavy hitters like Raekwon, Lil' Kim and Clipse since early 2003. Most recently, Christian Rich contributed production to Drake's chart-topping album Nothing Was the Same, Childish Gambino's definitive sophomore LP Because the Internet and Earl Sweatshirt's critically acclaimed official debut Doris.

Over the past year, the twins have been stepping out from behind the production desk and into the spotlight, with a slew of DJ gigs around the world and an eight-month post as creative directors for the Red Bull Sound Select project. They have also been steadily releasing new original material and re-works to their Soundcloud and will be performing at this year's WMC in Miami. Amidst all this, the duo just released a new track, entitled "Toronto." The syrupy new beat, has been described by the duo as created "with the idea of preparation." It's hard to determine what this cryptic description may be alluding to but one could guess that, after over a decade of paying their dues, the producers are prepared to make huge steps in the near future. This uplifting new track seems fitting for the new chapter in the already successful careers of Christian Rich.

Christian Rich will lecture and perform a set for the WMC Native Instruments event at SOHO House Miami on March 24. Check their Twitter, for more information. Listen to the duo's "Toronto" below.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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