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Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg Announce The 'Johannesburg' EP

Hear the lead single from Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg's South African-inspired EP.


Mumford & Sons have shared that they'll be releasing a collaborative EP with Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg. 

The forthcoming Johannesburg EP will include 5 songs inspired by the British band's recent tour in South Africa that feature "afrobeat rhythms, Esau Mwamwaya [of the Very Best] and Baaba's voices and languages, over Western songwriting," according to Marcus Mumford. The EP was recorded at the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Johannesburg over  two all-day and all-night sessions. 

Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall was featured on Baaba Maal's The Traveller, which came out earlier this year. Revisit our interview with Baaba Maal about that album, which was produced by The Very Best's Johan Hugo.

Stream "There Will Be Time," the lead single from Johannesburg and watch the EP's trailer below. Check out the EP's track list underneath and all additional info on the release here

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Johannesburg Track List

1. There Will Be Time (ft. Babaa Maal)

2. Wona (ft. Babaa Maal, the Very Best & Beatenberg)

3. Fool You've Landed (ft. the Very Best & Beatenberg)

4. Ngamila (ft. Babaa Maal & the Very Best)

5. Si Tu Veux (ft. Babaa Maal & the Very Best)

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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