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Sierra Leonean Rapper Bajah Features On Brooklyn Shanti's 'A Great Night'

Sierra Leonan rapper Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew) guests on Bengali-American musician/producer Brooklyn Shanti's "A Great Night."


Photo via Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew

Sierra Leonean rapper Bajah (of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew) is a longtime favorite on the site. Last month we premiered a clip of Freetown's own performing "Party Robot" live with Talib Kweli and Res (which will feature on Kweli's Prisoner of Conscious live album). On his latest effort, Bajah adds his signature rapid delivery to a new track from Bengali-American global/tropical bass/dancehall producer/emcee Brooklyn Shanti. "A Great Night," which also features BK's TinaKristina, sees Bajah promise spiritual meaning over a nocturnal wave of drum hits, electronic pings, and echoing guitars. The song is the vocal remix of "A Great Day," the fourth single off Brooklyn Shanti's recent Bedstuyle. The remix debuted at a TEDx event last month in which Shanti spoke on the elements behind his new album, and brought out several of the artists featured (including Bajah and TinaKristina). The trio hit the studio shortly after to record the track. Look out for a video to come soon. Until then, listen to "A Great Night" below, and see Bajah, Brooklyn Shanti and TinaKristina perform it live at TEDx here.

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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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