Audio/Film: Alekesam Is Sal Masekela?

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We've talked about veiled future RnB-er of "African descent" Alekesam a few times — mainly for his standout jam "It's Not You It's Here". The man behind the track chose to remain anonymous but a recent announcement of a documentary of the same name brings it all to light.

Alekesam, the upcoming film (trailer above), follows Sal Masekela, son of icon Hugh Masekela, as he deals with the "accompanying issues of abandonment and addiction" stemming from his father's decision to move back to South Africa from where he'd been exiled. Is Alekesam Sal Masekela immertion into the art that made his father an icon? It would explain the hidden nature of the project. Plus, Alekesam backwards spells out Masekela (something we embarrassingly didn't catch before). Watch the trailer above and the "It's Not You It's Here" below.

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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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