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Beat Making Lab Ethiopia

Episode 1/6 of Beat Making Lab Ethiopia.


The sharply shot Beat Making Lab series returns to the continent with a new city and fresh face in Addis Ababa. This time around BML collaborated with the IntraHealth global health organization in an effort to use "hip-hop as a medium to spread awareness about health issues." Episode one introduces viewers to 21 year-old aspiring producer Gelila, student of classic academics by day and beats by night. Judging by the few sound snippets in the clip, there's a good chance Gelila will be the next Ethiopian name on our radar. We'll have to wait until the series progresses to find out what results musically from the lab, though this first part does quite the job of guaranteeing a vested interest in our protagonist's success. New episodes of Beat Making Lab's 6-part Ethiopia series will roll out every Wednesday at Noon EST.

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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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