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Tracka de Day: Gazelle ft. Teba "Chic Afrique"

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This is our first official post on the Cape Town based electro-roots act Gazelle, but the group  are by no means newbies, breaking onto the scene in 2008 with "She Did Me." Headed by artistic visionary Xander Ferreira, and DJ  Nick Matthews, Gazelle produces funky- electro-disco with crooner vocals topped with a rich sense of style and strong political stance.  Xander uses the same repetition of imagery and over exposure that African dictators use to iconify themselves - but he uses it to poke fun. Today's Tracka de Day is his latest cinematic effort, which includes Kings, Queens, a Sangoma and the Tokolosh (look it up).

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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