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You Need to Hear This South African Version of 'Maradona’

Listen to Eternal's version of Niniola's hit "Maradona" featuring Amanda Faku.

South African producer and artist Eternal's cover of Nigerian singer Niniola's hit single "Maradona" has gone viral.


The cover features Eastern Cape born vocalist Amanda Faku, who was a contestant on The Voice SA last year. She sings her vocals in IsiXhosa.

The song peaked at number 1 on the Top 40 charts on one of South Africa's biggest radio stations Metro FM.

The cover has a broader bassline, and has a South African house flavor.

"When I first heard Niniola's 'Maradona,'" says Eternal, who is currently signed to the indie label Vth Season, "I fell in love with the instrumentation immediately. It's been an exciting process recreating the sound. Thank you to Amanda Faku who did a great job on the Xhosa vocals, and thank you to Raphael Benza and the team at Vth Season for helping me execute my vision to perfection."

Listen to the cover 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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