BET Awards 2011 "Best International Act: Africa" Nominations

This year's BET Awards nominations are in and the lineup for Best International Act: Africa includes a nice variety of styles and countries.  Nigeria is represented by two nominees, R&B stars 2Face Idibia and D'Banj, who you might recognize from his recent collaboration with Snoop Dogg. Another nominee, D-Black is repping Ghana, while Fally Ipupa was nominated out of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Rounding out the 6 member nomination list are Angélique Kidjo of Benin (the only woman on the list) and Teargas, a 3-member group out of South Africa.  The show will air live on Sunday June 26th so tune in to see who wins! Get some more info on the nominees and the awards show here.


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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