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Here's Your First Look At Idris Elba In The 'Beasts Of No Nation' Film Adaptation

Netflix unveils a release date and teaser trailer for the Idris Elba-starring film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala's 'Beasts Of No Nation.'


Yesterday, Netflix announced an official release date and unveiled a harrowing teaser trailer for its very first original film, Beasts Of No Nation. The screen adaptation of Nigerian writer and Ventures Africa editor-in-chief Uzodinma Iweala’s debut novel (which takes its name from a 1989 Fela Kuti record), the film tells the story of Agu (portrayed by Abraham Attah in his debut role), a young boy torn from his family and forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters in the civil war of an unnamed West African country. Idris Elba plays the part of the brutal Commandant who recruits Agu. The film, which was shot last year in Ghana, is written and directed by Emmy Award-winning True Detective director Cary Fukunaga.

Beasts Of No Nation will hit select theaters on October 16th, the same day it will begin streaming on Netflix– thus allowing the film to be eligible for Oscar consideration, whilst remaining the subject of a boycott by the four largest cinema chains in the U.S. According to Variety, Netflix is partnering with Bleecker Street and Landmark to open the film in 19 cities across the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.

Also announced this week, the film has been selected to screen in September at the Venice Film Festival (its world premiere) and the Toronto International Film Festival (its Canadian premiere).

Watch a teaser trailer 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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