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Tumi & French Trio Chinese Man Team Up On 'Once Upon A Time'

Joburg rapper Tumi Molekane lends his poetic skill to French trio Chinese Man on 'Once Upon a Time.'


After collaborating back in 2012 on moodlifter "Ta Bom," Joburg titan Tumi Molekane and France's electro-zen trio Chinese Man have released the video for laid-back jam "Once Upon A Time." The master storyteller (and former Tumi and the Volume frontman) lets his politically conscious lyrics ("liberate the land but forgot the man") ebb and flow above a sweet mix of djembes, scratching and a killer brass line. French animator/filmmaker Christian Volckman's human/animal figures morph in and out of each other in a surrealist visual aid to the De La Soul-nodding track. The video marks the release of the group's Once Upon A Time EP, out today via their Marseille-based Chinese Man Records. Watch Tumi and Chinese Man in "Once Upon a Time" below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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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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