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M.anifest. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Watch M.anifest Drop Fire Bars in New Freestyle on Tim Westwood TV

Veteran Ghanaian rapper M.anifest spits an impressive freestyle on Tim Westwood TV.

One of Ghana and the continent's most talented lyricists M.anifest recently dropped by Tim Westwood's show. And, as is the tradition on the famed UK DJ and cultural icon's show, an MC must prove themselves by, well, rapping.


M.anifest makes it look easy, flowing effortlessly over Drake's "Duppy Freestyle" instrumental. He's not playing with us, the first two bars ("Oh Father who art in heaven, does that mean you paint pictures?/ I do the same on earth and put my pain on scriptures") set the benchmark, and he maintains the same standard throughout. He displays comfort, confidence, great breath control, and spits lines that reference a wide range of topics and fields. He flows with ease, spitting every word with crisp clarity.

Read: Nasty C's Freestyle On Tim Westwood's Crib Session Is One For The Books

In the interview with Westwood, the MC discussed his upcoming EP, which has no release date yet, and features Burna Boy, Worlasi and Simi. He also spoke about being an immigrant in the west as an African and how the challenges you face build character, among other things.

Tim Westwood joins a long list of Ghanian artists who have appeared on Tim Westwood's show including Sarkodie, Kwesi Arthur, Stonebwoy and more.

Watch the full freestyle and interview below:

M.anifest freestyle - Westwood www.youtube.com


M.anifest on Ghana, Sarkodie, Burna Boy, Kwesi Arthur, conscience rap, music journey - Westwood www.youtube.com

Read: Stogie T Totally Spazzes On Sway In The Morning Freestyle

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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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