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Player Xchange: Just A Band x Go Dreamer

Download our new Player Xchange series song feautring Kenya's Just A Band and ATL's Go Dreamer.


In our Player Xchange series we link up artists from across our Okayplayer channels with emerging Okayafrican diaspora acts to create an original song recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks. In this second installment, we paired Kenyan futuristic-pop group Just A Band — the gang behind Kenya's first viral hit — with ATL's shape-shifting rapper Go Dreamer. The two came out of the studio with "Digitize Me (Conventional Oven)," a fuzzy, beatboxed gem that blends Dreamer and JAB's unconventional quirks. Watch a behind-the-scenes video chronicling the creation of the song and download "Digitize Me (Conventional Oven)" below.

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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