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The SAMAs Rejected Reason’s Album Because It Was Only Released Digitally

In 2018, wtf?

South African rapper, Reason took to Twitter to share with his followers that his fourth studio album, Love Girls, was rejected by the South African Music Awards (SAMAs).


"It's 2018 and @TheSAMAs have rejected #LoveGirlsAlbum as an entry into #Sama24 because it was a DIGITAL release with no PHYSICAL COPIES?" the rapper tweeted.

This is really backwards of the SAMAs. As much as physical copies still sell in South Africa, mostly because of high bandwidth rates, it goes without saying that a lot of music fans consume music digitally.

Apple is even rumored to be doing away with downloads and prioritizing streaming in the near future, but we are still stuck on taking an album seriously only if it's released physically.

Reason then went on to explain why he decided to release the album only digital platforms and why it doesn't make sense for the SAMAs to discredit an album on that basis. And we couldn't agree more.

You can read the rest of his tweets 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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