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Wax On: Shangaan Shake — DJ Rashad & Spinn + RP Boo


Wax On is a new series in which we highlight new Afrofuturist — modern African electronic — vinyl releases, in our first installement we feature DJ Rashad & Spinn and RP Boo's Shangaan remixes.

Chicago finally comes to Shangaan thanks to Honest Jons' December release of Shangaan Shake: DJ Rashad & Spinn/RP Boo. This latest addition of Shangaan remixes is an uncanny fit — Chicago footwork style seamlessly mixes with its distant and unrelated relative, Shangaan Electro, both with their 160 bpm speed and complex use of drum machines.  On the A-side DJ Rashad & Spinn go to town on the Tshetsha Boys with a hard, speedy bass while RP Boo goes halftime-banger-feel on some exquisitely chopped Shangaan Electro vocals on the B-side.  African-Diaspora collective-consciousness at its most contemporary. The release also boasts locked groove stabs for all you mix masters out there.

R.P. Boo Meets Shangaan Electro (clip) by Honest Jons

Rashad and Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys (clip) by Honest Jons

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Photo by Rachel Seidu.

#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.

It has been reported that security forces in Nigeria have opened fire on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Several reports from various media outlets have confirmed this incident after numerous images and videos emerged on social media. The footage reveals protesters running away from security forces as they fire live rounds into the crowds while others have been shown to be injured. No fatalities have as yet been officially confirmed by mainstream media. Protesters have continued mass demonstrations against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been now been "rebranded" by the Nigerian government to a new unit termed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

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