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Femi Kuti Live In New York City

Photographer Craig Carpenter captures the magic at afrobeat torchbearer Femi Kuti's two back-to-back shows at Brooklyn Bowl.

Femi Kuti and his band the Positive Force held it down this week at Brooklyn Bowl for two back-to-back shows that sublimely showcased his modern interpretation of Fela's classic afrobeat sound. Okayafrica sent photographer Craig Carpenter to capture the magic on stage and behind-the-scenes as Femi and his group prepared to hypnotize the New York City crowd with their electric blend of saxophone melodies, guitars, blazing percussion and alluring dance moves. Scroll through our photo gallery from Femi Kuti's shows at Brooklyn Bowl above.


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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