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Video: Vieux Farka Touré at World Cup 2010 Kick-Off Concert in South Africa

Watch footage from Vieux Farka Touré's performance at the World Cup 2010 kick-off concert in South Africa

Soccer isn't the only thing that's benefiting from all of the media coverage coming out of South Africa this month. Millions of viewers worldwide have also been exposed to some to some of Africa’s most talented musicians -- especially those who were featured in the kick-off concert, including Angelique Kidjo, Amadou & Mariam and Vieux Farka Touré to name a few.


Touré is the son of legendary Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, and is most recognized by last year's critically-acclaimed album Fondo.

Weeks before the World Cup, I had a chance to see Vieux Farka Touré in concert at the Transatlantic Festival in Miami.  Not only is Vieux one of the best guitarists I've seen, but he clearly has the makings of an international star (not to mention his comedic prowess). Below is a pic of us after one of his pranks.

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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