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DJ Xpect Remixes Sauti Sol's 'Sura Yako'

DJ Xpect drops an official 'afroelectro' remix to Kenyan afro-pop quartet Sauti Sol's hit "Sura Yako."


NYC-based producer DJ Xpect recently spun his new remix to Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol's "Sura Yako" while setting off a New Year's Eve party in Naivasha, Kenya. As you might remember, "Sura Yako," the fourth single off Sauti Sol's upcoming Live and Die in Afrika LP, was launched with a lipala instagram dance competition. DJ Xpect's remix keeps those original dance floor tendencies but gives the song an electronic pulse adding uptempo horn riffs and short-looped vocals throughout. Xpect first heard "Sura Yako" while exploring the Kenyan music scene on his recent visit and decided to infuse a bit of his own afroelectro style into the single. Sauti Sol are coming off a recent win at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best African Act last year. Listen to the official "Sura Yako" remix and stream Xpect's brand new Aaliyah "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" rework 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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