Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

Also out There

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MUSIC From a Niger village close to the Malian border, Les Filles de Illighadad's first studio album, Eghass Malan (Sahel Sounds) is a beautifully resonating piece of work. Certainly among the first Tuareg women musicians to come to wider acclaim, the guitarist/vocalist Fatou Seidi Ghali leads her trio through rhythmically swirling songs that carry their own wonderful energy.

Cornershop, the British duo whose 'Brimful of Asha' still delights, has scripted the theme tune to Remaniacs - a very smart indeed anti-Brexit podcast. 'Demon is a Monster' (Ample Play) is a funk-grooved classic that really shows that Remainers have the best tunes.

Univers-Île (InFiné), showcases Jeremy Labelle from La Reunion and his synthesis of Creole maloya music, guest performers and digital surprises to an impressive effect. Labelle's sound palette is expansive and deserves to be heard.

FILM Dee Rees's moving drama Mudbound superbly captures a time and place - dirt-poor rural Mississippi before and after the Second World War. Wives and 'coloureds' should know their place - including returning servicemen - and those acting otherwise face vigilante violence. Strong portrayals, a slow fuse, and lots of rain.

In Trophy a South African landowner fences in 1,500 rhino, removing their horns to protect them from poachers, and, he hopes, to sell to fund their upkeep. Another breeds animals to dot around a 'natural' outdoor setting - while from indoors US tourists shoot at them. Shaul Schwarz's film considers the irony of farming and hunting the 'big five' African mammals, to protect them from poachers and farmers. …

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