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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #24: CHRISTIAN TIGER SCHOOL

Download an airy Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape from Cape Town-based "psychedelic/dream hip-hop" production duo Christian Tiger School.


Luc Veermeer and Sebastian Zanasi are Christian Tiger School, a self-described "psychedelic/dream hip-hop" production duo out of Cape Town. The pair's beats usually match ethereal synth melodies — like in standout "Carlton Banks" — with classic era boom baps.

The two hold the reins in Africa In Your Earbuds #24 delivering an airy mixtape marriage of "their main influences," the South African electronic underground and North American hip-hop. Featured artists include TumiCard On Spokes and Die Antwoord precursor group Max Normal, as well as standards from A Tribe Called Quest and Jean Grae. "It was a lot more than throwing a bunch of beats together," Christian Tiger School tells us, "we wanted to put something out that had an African point of view [but was] quite offbeat and obscure as well."

Stream/download AIYE #24: Christian Tiger School below. Big thanks to Underdog for the cover graphics.

TRACKLIST

1. White Nite - If You Want It (South Africa)

2. Card on Spokes - In You Go (South Africa)

3. The Real Estate Agents - Famon Nigiri (South Africa)

4. Hipe - Celebration (South Africa)

5. A Tribe Called Quest - Steve Biko (U.S.A)

6. Jean Grae ft Phonte (Prod. by 9th Wonder) - The Time Is Now (Born in South Africa, but resides in U.S.A.)

7. Dank ft. Okyanis Kizi - Ocean Girl (South Africa)

8. Tumi (Prod. by Prof. Logik and Drana L) - Take It All (Tumi is South African. The rest are from the U.S.A.)

9. Max Normal - Good Old Fashion Loving (South Africa)

10. Tight Mike - Medicinal Chant (Canada)

11. Nicolaas Van Reenen - Wrestlemania (South Africa)

12. Christian Tiger School - Ableton "Beat the Clock" remix competition (South Africa)

13. Bateleur - Thanks, India (South Africa)

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: SAUL WILLIAMSTUNE-YARDSMATHIEU SCHREYERBLK JKSALEC LOMAMIDJ MOMAAWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICAPETITE NOIROLUGBENGA, RICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA.

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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