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Hear New Tracks From Just A Band & Dirty Paraffin In 'Ten Cities'

Stream new songs from Kenya's Just A Band & SA's Dirty Paraffin off Sounway Records' upcoming 'Ten Cities' compilation.


For their upcoming Ten Cities compilation, Soundway Records brought a pack of electronic producers and musicians from five European cities (Berlin, Bristol, Kiev, Lisbon, and Naples) to record original tracks with artists in five cities across Africa (Cairo, Johannesburg, Lagos, Luanda and Nairobi). The end result is an extensive, 17-track collection of cross-continental collaborations that includes input from 50 musicians and producers. Below, we get a taste off the album with a double premiere of Kenyan future-pop group Just A Band & Lisbon duo Octa Push's club-ready"Boom Boom Boom," plus SA's Dirty Paraffin loose and wavy "Choborops" featuring Hannes Teichmann — which includes some elite verses from the always-noteworthy Okmalumkoolkat. The Ten Cities compiliation — which will also include work from Perera Elsewhere, BLK JKS' Tshepang Ramoba, Djeff, Moonchild, and more — is up for pre-order now and due November 17 from Soundway Records. Stream Just A Band and Dirty Paraffin's tracks 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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