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You Should Really Check Out Garçons' New Single 'Pedigree'

An afrobeat-inspired modern groove.

Garçons are a new duo coming out of Canada comprised of Nigerian-rooted singer-songwriter Deelo Avery and producer/director Julian Strangelove.

The Ottawa-based group, who blend influences from R&B, soul and funk, is readying the release of their sophomore EP. Its lead single "Pedigree" is a standout track crafted out of afrobeat guitars and hazy keyboards that nods to Deelo's Nigerian background while weaving in modern R&B and pop elements.


"The inspiration behind this song came from our love for classic Afrobeat music during the 1970s," Garçons mention. "Growing up in Nigeria, Deelo (singer) was exposed to Fela Kuti and other afrobeat artists from the day he was born. His music constantly played in his house, on the TV and everywhere on the radio. It runs in his blood, hence the name 'Pedigree.' It was fun to start there with those elements of funk, jazz and soul, and develop that into something with our own little original touch."

The single comes paired with a lighthearted and contagiously fun music video directed by Julian Strangelove which follows Deelo as a school janitor.

Get into the new single and video from Garçons below and stream/purchase it everywhere here.

Pedigree - Garçons youtu.be

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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