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These African Athletes Are Making Waves at the World Athletics Championships

Here are some of the standout African athletes competing in the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

The 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships are currently underway in London.


The biennial event sees top athletes from across the globe competing in a number of sports—most notably long and short distance running.

Team South Africa has had major success over the weekend and their winning streak is on track to continue. South African long jumper Luvo Manyonga became the world champion on Saturday when he landed an 8.48m leap. Fellow South African athlete, Rushawl Samaai earned the bronze medal.

All eyes are on world record holder Wayde van Niekerk as he goes for the world double in the 200m and 400m finals later this week.

Caster Semenya earned the bronze medal in the 1500m and she's expected to take the gold in the upcoming 800m finals.

Kenyan marathon-runner Geoffrey Kirui won gold in the men’s marathon on Monday, adding to his country's record as the most successful nation in the event. Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola came in second, while Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu earned the bronze.

Unfortunately, not all African athletes are faring quite as well. A food poisoning scare has forced several competitors, including Botswana's star sprinter, Isaac Makwala, to withdraw from the games. Makwala was considered Niekerk's biggest competitor.

Nigerian sprinters Yinka Ajayi, Patience Okon-George and Margaret Bamgbose all qualified for the women’s 400m semi-finals on Monday, but did not make it to the finals.

Senegal was noticeably absent from this year's games, despite being a home to some of the most well-trained athletes on the continent.

 

 

 

 

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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