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Video: SMOD Takes Shots at Corruption with "Les Dirigeants Africains"

Dictators of the world, Malian hip-hop trio SMOD has a message for you. Your days of corruption and theft are coming to an end. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a number of your buddies all over the world are getting the boot (I’m looking at you Gbago), so watch yourselves. Luckily for the rest of us SMOD’s message comes in the form of a laid back track off their self-titled, debut album.  So Qadaffi, get your shit together. The rest of us are going to kick back and listen to SMOD’s new single.


Interestingly, SMOD is also entirely produced by Manu Chao, who originally connected with the group through their frontman Sam, who is the son of Malian music stars Amadou & Mariam (you might remember Manu Chao produced their breakthrough album Dimanche a Bamako). So says the press release, "SMOD’s album fuses hip hop, folk and blues music with traditional Malian styles. It is a politically-conscious album that addresses inequalities across African history via impassioned French lyrics. French rap sensation Keny Arkana is featured on the track, 'J’ai Pas Peur Du Micro.'"

To hear a stream of the entire project, check it out HERE.

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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