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Stream Nigerian Afrobeat/Hip-Hop Artist Kahli Abdu's 'The Grind Theory'

In 2005, Jos, Nigeria native Kahli Abdu had two choices - stay at home and continue his steady rise in the local hip-hop scene with his close friends Jesse Jagz and M.I., or move to the U.S. with his mother and siblings, his mother having just accepted a promotion with Voice of America. Kahli chose to stay with his family, moving to a suburb of Washington D.C., where the grind of working a 9-5 while trying to make a name for himself in the U.S. music industry could only be consoled by the ultimate prize: a U.S. Green card, which Kahli did eventually earn.  Kahli is currently back in Nigeria working on his next album, and spending a lot of time with his old friends who are doing very well for themselves. He also plans to release a “Fela mixtape” in the next month, in which every song will sample the late afrobeat legend. In "Dutty Collar," produced by Jesse Jagz, Kahli expresses his distaste for corporate America and the “9-5.”  Listen to and download Kahli's entire album, The Grind Theory.


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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