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Watch Janka Nabay & Sleepy Doug Shaw Perform A Sierra Leonean Classic On The Back Of A Chrysler LeBaron

Watch Janka Nabay and Sleepy Doug Shaw perform a Sierra Leonean classic on the back of a Chrysler LeBaron for Luaka Bop's 25th Anniversary.


Luaka Bop has been celebrating their 25 years with a string of curated events at New York City's MMuseumm. On the first night of the festivities earlier this week, Sierra Leonean bubu king Janka Nabay and Sleepy Doug Shaw (Highlife/White Magic) rolled up Cortlandt Alley on the back of a Chrysler LeBaron to perform an introspective cover of highllife and palm wine singer/guitarist S.E. Rogie's (1940-1994) hit "My Lovely Elisabeth." NYC's Reverend Rufus Cannon, who opened up Luaka Bop's unforgettable Atomic Bomb! RBMA shows earlier this year, was also in attendance.

Luaka Bop's 25th anniversary events will continue tonight at MMuseumm, you can check out the full schedule over at their site, and will culminate this weekend with a performance from Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor in Central Park featuring SinkaneMoney MarkHot Chip‘s Alexis TaylorPharoah SandersJamie LidellPeaking LightsDead Prez, and the South Africa-based Mahotella Queens. Watch Janka Nabay and Sleepy Doug Shaw's back-alley rendition of "My Lovely Elisabeth" 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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