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Rocky Dawuni's Video Tribute To 'Nairobi'

Ghanaian reggae singer Rocky Dawuni returns with an ode to Kenya's capital city and a general call for peace in the video for "Nairobi."


Ghanaian reggae singer Rocky Dawuni comes through with an ode to Kenya's capital city in his latest visuals for "Nairobi," one of the highlights off his Branches Of The Same Tree LP. The new music video, filmed by GoodMakers Films and co-directed by Ethiopian filmmaker Babbi and Cris Blyth, follows Rocky through the East African city as he runs into Kenyan artists and public figures like JulianiKenyan tycoon Chris Kirubi, the Secretary General of the Kenyan Red Cross Dr. Abbas Gullet, PR maven Gina Din and dub poet-musician Oneko Arika, who also features on the track.

Rocky Dawuni explains that "Nairobi" is a tribute to this "beautiful city in the sun" and a call for peace written as a reaction to the 2007-08 national crisis after the presidential elections. For more from the songwriter, revisit our behind-the-scenes gallery at his "African Thriller" shoot and catch him on his upcoming European tour dates (listed underneath). Branches Of The Same Tree is available now from Cumbancha. Watch the music video for "Nairobi," premiering with us today, below.

Rocky Dawuni 2015 Tour Dates

Aug. 28 Copenhagen, DK Loppen

Aug. 30 Reykjavik, IS Gamla Bíó

Sep. 4 Nuuk, Greenland Katuaq

Sep. 9 Cologne, DE Underground Cologne

Sep. 10 Recklinghausen, DE Haltestelle

Sep. 11 London, UK 229

Sep. 12 Aarhus, DK Club V58

Sep. 19 Pasadena, CA Levitt Pavilion

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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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