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South African House Meets D.C. Rap In Asheru's 'So Amazing' Video With HHP

Asheru releases the video for 'So Amazing,' with Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP), Harrison Crump and Omar Hunter El, off his 'Sleepless in Soweto' LP.


Socially conscious MC Asheru professes his love for South Africa in the video for the house-infused "So Amazing." Riding on guest spots from Motswako king Hip Hop Pantsula (aka HHP), Harrison Crump and Omar Hunter El, "So Amazing" is the final track off the D.C. rapper's 2013 record Sleepless In Soweto, which he wrote during his three years spent traveling between D.C and South Africa. Truly a Pan-African affair, Asheru’s latest features a slew of artists from the States, South Africa and Sierra Leone, with album cover visuals coming in from Nigerian-born artist Aniekan Udofia. In the words of the "So Amazing" MC, Sleepless in Soweto is “a living breathing document of solidarity between Africans & African Americans; tied together through the language of Hip Hop."

Produced/directed by Nicky Campos and shot in Johannesburg, the video opens with a party scene under (green screened) fireworks, as Asheru and co.'s smooth vocals glide over a popping house beat. HHP lends his syncopated flows and effortless dance moves to the party-track. Watch the video below and take a look at a behind-the-scenes clip here.

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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