Johannesburg Experimental Rap Project Explores The Post-Colonial African Condition

Johannesburg-based experimental prog rapper Death To The Dendrites explores the post-colonial African condition on his debut EP.

Limericks For The Amusement Of Civilians is the debut EP from a mysterious newcomer in Johannesburg. Prog rapper Death To The Dendrites, who says he'd like to remain anonymous, told Okayafrica his vision was to create an experimental rap project which "speaks to the nuances of the post-colonial African condition." In creating the record, the emcee teamed with a JHB-based producer working under the moniker FauxCast. Much of the writing for the five-track EP, a brilliant synthesis of future-sounding beats and enlightened rap, was done in the inner cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, where Death To The Dendrites tells us he observed "the newfound consumerist culture and all its consequences."

According to the rapper, "I feel like African intellectuals today are in a place where we're forced to sell our plight as a novelty. We're in limbo between futurism and a rediscovery of our history. We know that our paradise is anywhere but here and now. We're fighting to cure ourselves whilst denying our sicknesses. The record explores these notions with allegorical references to them. Using rap as a medium for academia by and for black people."

Keep up with Death To The Dendrites on Facebook and Soundcloud, and download his debut EP, 'Limericks For The Amusement Of Civilians,' here.

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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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