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Watch Stogie T Pay Tribute to His Freedom Fighter Mother In ‘Son of a Soldier’

“Son of a Soldier” is a moving track in which Stogie T details being raised by a freedom fighter.

Cutting edge South African lyricist Stogie T just released the visuals for his song “Son of a Soldier."


The track, which is taken from his 2016 self-titled album, sees the rapper paying homage to his mother, who was part of Umkhonto Wesizwe, the armed wing of the ANC during the fight against the oppressive apartheid government.

“Son of a Soldier" is a moving song, in which Stogie T details being raised by a freedom fighter: “Every evening she was cleaning the Kalashnikov," he raps.

The video, which was shot at the Johannesburg Art Museum, is minimalistic, showing Stogie rapping to a backdrop of historical women figures like Winnie Mandela and Maya Angelou, among others.

Watch “Son of a Soldier" above and revisit our analysis of why Stogie T is the only veteran rapper whose music still matters today.

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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