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Lamin Fofana Shares 'Another World,' An EP About African Migration In The Mediterranean

Brooklyn-based Sierra Leonean electronic producer Lamin Fofana shares 'Another World,' an EP about the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.


Brooklyn-based Sierra Leonean electronic producer Lamin Fofana is sharing the self-released Another World. The new 3-track EP is lead by "Lampedusa," a billowing production about the ongoing Mediterranean migration crisis built on a minimalist synthesizer melody. It also includes the atmospheric title track "Another World" and upbeat closer "Plume (Realist Mix)."

"With this piece, I want to convey a certain mood, a feeling of being adrift at sea somewhere between catastrophe and paradise," Lamin explains via e-mail. "We live in a complex world today, and depending on the lens you look through, the possible futures shift. The future can look dim and uncertain - because at the present things are not going so well for the people of planet earth."

"I was thinking of the thousands of African migrants braving winter storms and twenty foot waves in overcrowded rickety vessels crossing the Mediterranean Sea and hoping to reach Europe, while European governments are deliberately letting them drown or locking them up to deter others from coming. It's depressing and shameful what's going on."

Stream and purchase Lamin Fofana's Another World EP below, available now through bandcamp.

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Interview: Sango's ‘Da Rocinha 4’ Is a Polished & Grinding Take On Baile Funk

We speak with the Seattle-based DJ and producer about his new album and the music bridges connecting Brazil, the US and the world.

It's a common joke in Brazil: once three or more Brazilian people gather together, they will start a WhatsApp group. The producer and DJ Kai Wright, who goes by the alias Sango, is well aware of that. While he is giving this interview through a Zoom call, a sound notification pops from his computer. "Do you hear that?" he says, amidst laughs. "It's WhatsApp, this album was made through WhatsApp groups."

Once and for all, Sango is not Brazilian. "I am an ambassador for that sound, but I am a Black American," he says. "That sound" is baile funk, the most prominent Brazilian electronic and popular music of the past decades. Born in Michigan and based in Seattle, Sango became a beacon for a new strain of baile funk around 2012, when he released the album Da Rocinha—a suite that he revisits in his new release, Da Rocinha 4.

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