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This Is the Best Music Video You'll See All Month

Cherrie boosts up Somalia & Mogadishu in her music video for "163 För Evigt," featuring Z.E.

Cherrie is a buzzing Somali-Swedish singer whose music we've previously premiered and featured in a Songs By Somali Singers & Rappers You Should Listen to This Summer.

The R&B artist recently dropped the amazing video for "163 För Evigt" ("163 Forever") and, despite her singing in Swedish, the track's been blowing up online across both sides of the Atlantic, being posted in several Instagrams, Tweets and everything in between.


"163" is the area code for Rinkeby, the largely immigrant populated Stockholm suburb where Cherrie grew up. "A lot of non-European immigrants live here, and the conditions and possibilities for people out here are less fortunate than anywhere else in the city," Cherrie t old Buzzfeed.

The song is a celebration of hope for all young people who struggle and try to come up everyday. " If I succeed, then you know we all can," Cherrie sings.

Cherrie's a true third culture kid: she was born in Norway but grew up in Finland before moving to Sweden. She's mentioned "her family were among the first African immigrants to move [to Finland], at a time when racial tensions were high."

And she reps Somalia hard.

Just take a look at the Somali flag waving proudly throughout the whole video or the very first line of the song in which she shouts out Mogadishu.

We all know it's been a horrible and tragic week for Somalia in the wake of the country's deadliest terrorist attack in Mogadishu.

To counteract all the sad news coming out of Somalia, let yourself vibe to this amazing video of a Somali artist owning her space and delivering one of the best music videos we've come across all month.

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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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