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In Her Poem "How Many More?" Lula Saleh Explores the Hardships Faced by Refugees

This spoken word video on the refugee crisis asks, "How many more must die?"

DIASPORA—In a touching poem entitled, How Many More Must Die?, Lula Saleh—an Eritrean-Ethiopian songwriter and poet—explores the excruciating journey thousands of refugees attempt each day in search of a better life. The poem is accompanied by visuals of migrants on crowded speedboats—their faces weary and scared, scenes of cramped refugee camps and of children crossing railway tracks.


Throughout the poem, Saleh questions governments and people's desensitization to human suffering.

“They have no licenses when they arrive even when we entice them with the dreams we sell of picket fences, freedom of religion, and democracy. We tell them come, come here be free. But when it's too many of you refugees, we'll say go back, go back where you came from or stay in the water and die," she sings.

To listen to the poem in full, watch the video below.

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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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