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Audio: Jacaranda Muse 'Let You Go'


Jacaranda Muse sidestep genre pigeonholing and reductive stylistic arguments to produce a form of music “drawn from many cultural sources,” boasts their Parisian record label Heavenly Sweetness. The band is made up by a quartet of musicians from Zimbabwe: Donald Chifamba (cello), Filbert Marova (mbira and keyboard) and brothers Vimbai (saxophone) and Tinashe Mukarati (percussion). After an impressive coming out performance at the Harare International Festival of the Arts the foursome crossed paths for the first time with Antoine Rajon from Heavenly Sweetness. The rest, as they say, is history. "Let you go," a bittersweet love song, is the first single off their debut LP, September Sun, due for release in October. “It was the one song that best represents our sound” says Donald Chifamba.

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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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