PARISSOWETO: A French-South African Playlist Exchange Project

Listen to an 11-track curated playlist from new French-South African playlist exchange collective PARISSOWETO.

PARISSOWETO is an online music exchange project between France and South Africa with a mission to promote independent music from both countries. The newly formed collective provides curated playlists and artist write-ups, in both English and French, with the aim of showcasing alternative French and South African acts that may be relatively unknown and confined to their local scenes due to a lack of exposure.

The project's founder, Jannike Bergh, is originally from South Africa and moved to France just over four years ago. It was there that she came up with the idea to reconcile her two worlds by enacting a musical exchange between Paris and South Africa that would help SA's unsung musicians gain exposure in France as well as introduce the French underground scene to a South African audience.

When we asked about how she views the cultural link between these two countries, Bergh commented, "For some reason, I think the two countries are intrigued by one another…. South Africans seem to have a great amount of respect for France, especially because institutions like the Alliance Française and the French Institute of South Africa do so much to emphasize the importance of arts and culture, and to enable those exchanges." The name PARISSOWETO is in fact a reference to a 1987 album of the same title by the South African mbaqanga group The Mahotella Queens. In our brief interview with Jannicke, she went on to list a multitude of shining examples that display South Africa and France's rich cultural connection in the arts. From the many French cultural institutions with a focus on South Africa, to the signing of Tumi and DOOKOOM to a French record label, the continued growth of this exchange is apparent and Bergh excitedly exclaims, "And it just keeps on growing. There’s something happening here, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. But I like it!"

PARISSOWETO have just recently released their first playlist, which features an eclectic compilation of songs by French and South African artists, ranging from hip-hop, to psychedelic rock, West African-inspired blues, post rock and free jazz. It includes tracks from SA's BCUC, Raheem Kemet, Aidan Martin, Medicine Boy, Wild Eastern Arches and Buckfever Underground, as well as French acts CHROMB!, Dirty Deep, GreenShop, Fat Supper and Mars Red Sky. Check it out below.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.

Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.

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