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Video: Muthoni the Drummer Queen “Welcome to the Disco” (+ Instros + Acapella)

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Muthoni the Drummer Queen - I just want you to know, that if I would never ignore your calls or texts. The same can’t be said for the unlucky soul who serves as the inspiration for The Drummer Queen’s ire in her new single “Welcome to the Disco.” The Nairobi native has the type of breakneck momentum in her music that makes it both persuasive and impenetrable. Thus far I’ve seen her music described with about 400 different chains of fused genres, and all of them fail to capture her style. I mean, I can say the words electro-Afro-rock-hop, but Muthoni’s music seems far too irreverent for labels. I’ll put it this way, she’s an above average singer, a damn good drummer, and the rapper Nicki Minaj should have been.

Enjoy “Welcome to the Disco” in all of its various forms, in particular the hilarious official video (above).  Then grab the mp3, or download the instrumental or acapella.

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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