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Revivalist's African Jazz Issue: Tony Allen and the Beat of Afrobeat


Today, Revivalist, our Okayplayer Jazz channel, launches their latest issue, and it's focus is entirely on the transatlantic jazz of Africa.  To kick off the issue, team Revive has put together an in-depth story on the legendary Tony Allen - best known as Fela Kuti's drummer. Allen was instrumental in helping to develop the unique sound of Afrobeat that Fela is credited with having invented.  Both Allen and Kuti were also, it turns out, great students of American Jazz which heavily influenced their own sound.  Tony Allen - now in his 70's - is still known as one of the best drummers alive.  Head over to Revivalist to check out the full story, packed full of amazing video footage as well.

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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