News Brief

The Stories You Need To Know: Somalia’s Internet Is Back After 3 Weeks, Tax Protests Hit Ethiopia, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

SOMALIA–After more than three weeks of outage, the country’s Internet is finally back. The disconnection, which the government labelled a “major disaster,” was caused by a commercial ship that cut an undersea cable. Read the full story here.


KENYA–Tech company Ushahidi faced backlash last week for the way it was treating a sexual harassment claim against a senior member of its team. The company has taken the criticism and placed the accused under suspension. Read the full story here and the company’s statement here.

ETHIOPIA–A recent tax increase, that affects small businesses in Ethiopia, has led to protests. Some small business owners in Addis Ababa are returning their business licenses. Read the full story here.

NIGERIA–Education rights activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has urged Nigeria to focus on improving its education system. This was after she learned that  nearly half of primary-aged children are not enrolled in school, during her visit to the country. 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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