News Brief

Is George Weah President of Liberia Yet?

The former FIFA World Player of the Year is the frontrunner in the Liberian elections which took place Tuesday.

While social media is awash in rumors that international football star George Weah has won the Liberian presidency, there has not, at time of writing been any official announcement from Liberia's National Election Commission. In fact, it is highly unlikely, given the huge field of candidates for this year's vote, that any candidate was able to get 50 percent of the vote needed to become president—a result that would prompt a runoff election for later this month.


Liberians gathered at the polls on Monday to choose the successor to Africa's first elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. They had 20 total candidates to choose from. The main contenders were former footballer George Weah, who has run twice before and current vice president, Joseph Boakai, who was not publicly backed by Sirleaf.

Yesterday, rumors began spreading online that Weah—who chose Charles Taylor's ex-wife Jewel Howard Taylor as his running partner—had been announced as Liberia's next president.

Even Arsenal football club manager Arsene Wenger—Weah's former coach—congratulated him on his victory.

While the National Election Commission has announced that local vote tallying is finished, the official election results have not yet been announced. The Liberty Party, represented by candidate Charles Brumskine, reported fraud and irregularities during voting, while the African Union and ECOWAS commended the country for carrying out what they consider a peaceful election.

In order to win, one candidate has to receive more than 50 percent of the vote. It's likely that a run-off will occur between the top two candidates.


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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