Listen To Sun-El Musician’s Sophomore Album ‘To The World & Beyond’

South African deejay and producer extraordinaire, Sun-El Musician drops 'To The World & Beyond', the follow-up to his widely successful 2018 debut, 'Africa To The World'.

After two years of working on it, Sun-El Musician has finally released his highly anticipated second studio album, To The World & Beyond. The musician told Apple Music:

"This album is a continuation of my debut album Africa to the World, and is focused on telling a story of healing and hope through dance music".

To The World & Beyond is a double album which hosts a total of 31 tracks, including the previously released "Ubomi Abumanga," "Uhuru," "Mandinaye," "Never Never," "Garden" and more.

Sun-El has built himself a formidable reputation of being dedicated to making good music, and the features on the album are testament; from artists signed to his label, EL World Music like Simmy, Sino Msolo, Mthunzi, Azana, Claudio x Kenza, and Nobuhle, to frequent collaborator Ami Faku alongside Msaki, Black Motion, Kwesta, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Zolani Mahola (of Freshly Ground), Kenya's Sauti Sol, Nigeria's Niniola, Mannywellz and a whole lot more equally talented vocalists.

The album's cover art shows a portrait of Sun-El dressed in traditional regalia with the galaxy in the background. Perhaps, portraying the title of the album and the mission he has been on since his debut—exporting South African electronic house music.

"The first disc is basically continuing the sound of my first album, soulful and downtempo; and disc two is where I'm trying to be experimental, still on a dance tip, but more uptempo and looking for sounds," he told Apple Music.

Sonically, the music sounds like the perfect soundtrack for a road trip along the countryside or the coast with friends and family, which is ironic considering the title.

Sun-EL Musician - To The World And Beyond Virtual Concert www.youtube.com

An hour before the release, Sun-El hosted a themed, well-curated and executed virtual album launch where he played a set of some of the songs on the album and had some of the featured vocalists perform them.

Stream To The World & Beyond on Apple Music and Spotify.

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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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