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Introducing Cape Town Beatmaker Damascvs

Stream hazy Cape Town producer Damascvs debut album.

Damascvs is the beatmaker moniker of Luca Stefano, a Cape Town-based producer who's been layering hazy synths on top of chopped-up drums for roughly a year now — "before that I was making beats for rapping over," he told us. We first saw him live at glowLDB's kickoff party in Cape Town's CBD where he kept the dancefloor mesmerized with a combination of earthy beats and new-age rap remixes.


The producer recently dropped his debut album A View/Her Dove. It's a body of work that sonically encapsulates the producer's ideas about music as a spiritual undertaking, from the astral bounce of “Thunja" to the deep-water splurges of “Tom Delancy." Damascvs successfully explores vast tonal qualities to both dance and meditate to. The album features collaborations with Yusif Sayigh from the rock band The Great Apes and Ross Dorkin from pop ensemble Beatenberg (both also Cape Town-based), though the beatmaker confesses he's “not going out of [his] way to collab with people [he] doesn't know already." Stream A View/Her Dove below and buy it on Bandcamp.

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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