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Audio: Talib Kweli, Zap Mama, Zolani, Jabulani+ Angélique Kidjo 'People Power'


350.org is using the voices of some incredible African artists to raise awareness about the climate crisis. For their Radiowave project, they've enlisted Marcina Arnold (South Africa), Marie Daulne (Zap Mama -Democratic Republic of Congo/Belgium), KGzm (South Africa), Angélique Kidjo (Benin), Zolani Mahola (South Africa), Busi Moreng (South Africa), Eugene Skeef (South Africa), Ahmed Soultan (Morocco), Jabulani Tsambo (Hip Hop Pantsula - South Africa) and Okayplayer fam Talib Kweli to "create a song that both tells the truth about how hard climate change is affecting Africa and that also inspires people to join together to create a brighter future for everyone." Stream and download "People Power" below!

Everyone is invited to remix the song to creatively reflect their community. All remixes will be entered into a contest and the top track will be featured on MTV International on Dec. 9. Click here for more information on the contest and the Radiowave project.

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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