News Brief

The Stories You Need To Know: Madonna Opens Children’s Hospital In Malawi, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

MALAWI–Madonna opened a children’s hospital in Malawi on Tuesday. The hospital is called Mercy James, and is named after one of the pop star's adopted daughters. The hospital was funded by the singer's Raising Malawi charity, which she founded in 2006. Read the full story here.


SOMALIA–Seven head teachers have been arrested by Somali authorities. The teachers are accused of of meeting al-Shabab militants, and are said to have discussed changing the curriculum at private schools to favor the Islamist group's ideology. Read the full story here.

KENYA–Pope Francis has criticized Kenya’s powerful and wealthy individuals who are involved in land grabs. He accused them of hoarding land and even attempting to take playgrounds away from schools. Read the full story here.

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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