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Freshlyground Announces North American Tour Dates

Freshlyground is coming to North America. At the end of June they will play their first major tour in the United States and Canada. The band, whose members come from across Southern Africa, have played all around the world, but are just starting to gain momentum in the United States. Their latest album, Radio Africa (2010), comes on the heels of global recognition for Nomvula (2004) with the hit “Doo Be Doo” that landed the band an MTV Award for Best African Act.


Ma’ Cheri (2007) was the album that continued the group’s prominence in the world, often lauded for its exciting live shows and as an example of an integrated band in post-Apartheid South Africa. Shakira collaborated with Freshlyground on the official anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” which they both performed at the pre-tournament concert in Soweto.

The band has announced 12 shows for their North American Tour.

June 24, Northampton, MA

June 25, New Haven, MA

June 26, New York City, NY

June 27, Boston, MA

June 28 and 30, Montreal, CA

June 30, Chicago, IL

July 2, Toronto, CA

July 6, Washington, DC

July 8, Quebec City, CA

July 9, S. Burlington, VT

July 10, Pasadena, CA
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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