Mavis Staples Announces New Album Co-Written With Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Shares First Single


first_imgFollowing a tour announcement with Bob Dylan this morning, vocalist Mavis Staples has announced a new album and released the title track, “If All I Was Was Black.” The tune comes from her upcoming If All I Was Was Black, a collection of originals arranged by Staples and Jeff Tweedy, and is due out November 17. The Wilco frontman penned 11 songs from the upcoming album, with three co-written by Staples. The album is focused on the ongoing racial conflicts in the United States, and how they affect her.“I’ve always thought of art as a political statement in and of itself – that it was enough to be on the side of creation and not destruction. But there is something that feels complicit at this moment in time about not facing what is happening in this country head on,” explains Tweedy. If All I Was Was Black is their third collaboration together, following 2010’s You Are Not Along and 2013’s One True Vine, and is inspired by “the love I have for Mavis and the desire to be part of some kind of positive change.” Mavis Staples continues, “We didn’t make the songs point to a specific person. If you follow the lyrics it’s about yesterday and today.”In the title track below, Tweedy wrote the music to the lyrics by Mavis. If All I Was Was Black is set to drop November 17 on Anti-Records, and was written to “bring us all together as a people. That’s what I hope to do. You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving. These songs are going to change the world.” Listen to her message below:last_img read more

Brazil Busts Rio Gang Made of Police, Councillors


first_imgBy Dialogo December 28, 2010 Brazilian police have busted a feared criminal gang which killed at least 50 people and counted more than a dozen officers and some municipal councillors in its ranks, officials said on 22 December. Twenty-five members of the 34-strong gang were arrested the day before on warrants based on wiretaps that found the organization sold weapons to drug dealers in a nest of Rio slums that was cleared by police and soldiers last month. The two local councillors of the Duque de Caxias neighborhood were suspected of running the para-police outfit, while the 13 policemen arrested were part of its “muscle” thought to have carried out hits. “The gang worked like a real criminal enterprise, with roles defined for each member. There were managers and hitmen,” the police chief in charge of the arrests, Alexandre Capote, told media. The gang was one of several comprising police officers that operate in Rio’s notoriously violent and lawless slums. They started activities in late 2006, as militias that forced out local gangs then took over to run extortion rackets. The Duque de Caxias outfit is suspected of killing 50 people, and earning 150,000 dollars a month by illegally selling television cable connections, gas and land to residents, Capote said. According to a former captain in Rio’s elite police unit, the Special Operations Battalion, police-manned militias are present in more than 100 of the city’s 250 worst slums.last_img read more

Uganda’s Lawrence Ndugga on hunt for greener pastures


first_img Tags: Bul FCHighlands Park FCLawrence Ndugga Ndugga (left) during his brief stint in Cyprus (Photo by Agency)JOHANNESBURG – Uganda’s U-23 midfielder, Lawrence Ndugga has traveled to South Africa seeking greener pastures.The former BUL FC player is understood to have departed for Johannesburg based side, Highlands Park Football Club where he will undergo trials.Nduga has been featuring in the Botswana Premier League with Shooting Stars FC for the last two years after joining them from Nkwazi FC of Zambia.At shooting stars in Botswana, Ndugga has registered 5 goals and 8 assists in the two seasons he has been there.He has previously played for Kira young, Bright stars FC and BUL FC in the Startimes Premier League, Uganda. He also had a semiprofessional stint with Cyprus Club, Mormenekse F.C during the 2016/17 season which did not last long.Upon arrival in South Africa, Ndugga was optimistic about passing the trials at Highlands Park FC;“All i s well since i arrived here at Modderfontein Park, above all have already adjusted to the weather here. I just pray i pass through these trials.” Said Ndugga in a Facebook post.In case the trials become a success, Ndugga will join other Ugandans in the South Africa top tier including Dennis Onyango ( Mamelodi Sundowns),  Geoffrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs) and Allan Kateregga( Cape town city).Highlands Park currently sit 12th on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) 16 team log.Comments last_img read more