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Video: Desert Rockers Terakaft Drop New Album "Aratan N Azawad"

The initial tone of Terakaft's guitars reminded me of Lynyrd Skynyrd mixed with Fela Kuti, but as the rhythms and melodies developed I was immediately transported from the Southern United States and Lagos to the Sahara desert. I remained there for the duration of my listening experience, but felt more connected to this style of music than I ever had before because of the Mali-based band's wide-ranging influences. Terakaft is releasing their new album Aratan N Azawad (Children of the Azwad, World Village) on June 14th so stay tuned. Check out the video below for an intro to Terakaft's sound and to the band members and read their ultra interesting extended bio courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors.


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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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