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Alikiba Becomes the First East African Signed to Sony

Tanzanian superstar Alikiba becomes the first East African to ink a deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

Africa continues its musical world domination as Tanzanian superstar Alikiba becoming the first East African to ink a deal with Sony Music Entertainment. He joins peers Davido and D'banj, who are also signees of the international label.


Riding the wave of his popular singles “Chekecha Cheketua” and “Unconditionally Bae,” a collab with Kenya’s Sauti Sol, the ever-trending #KingKiba closed the deal during an exclusive, global media audience session at Sony’s Johannesburg office Thursday.

“I’m really excited [about] the future of music from the African continent as it’s now the time for the amazing music and sounds from Africa to take over the world,” Alikiba says.  “I’m excited on where this amazing partnership will be able to take my music now to fans across the continent and across the planet,” “The King of Bongo Flava” continues.

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Amassing a legion of fans while consistently topping music charts, it’s unsurprising that Sony signed him.

As Sony puts it : “Amplifying Alikiba’s already significant digital footprint ... across the continent and into the world, is a truly exciting opportunity for us.”

Keep an ear out for Alikiba’s eagerly awaited EP to be released through Sony Music Entertainment Africa, and in the meantime watch his first single “AJE” at the top.

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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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