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Rusangano Family Turn The 'Lights On' Immigrant Identity Issues In This New Video

Irish-based grime trio Rusangano Family share their latest music video for "Lights Off" from their new album 'Let The Dead Bury the Dead.'


Rusangano Family—the Irish-based hip-hop trio comprised of MCs God Knows and MuRli and producer mynameisjOhn—put on for their new home country in their latest video for "Lights On."

Zimbabwean-born God Knows rhymes vigorously about immigrating to Ireland and learning to embrace his new home and, in-turn, himself. The rapper comes to terms with his new environment with lines like, “I just wanted to be Harlem, I just wanted to be London I just wanted to be Trench Town, now it's time to be Shannon, now it's time to be Limerick, get used to my surroundings." Meanwhile Togolese rapper MuRli name-drops his grime influences in between sincere lines about his family and overcoming life’s challenges.

The music video centers on a guy who’s having a bit of an odd day before he encounters the group performing in a quirky lounge. The visuals show the band members in various spots throughout their hometown, energetically delivering lines in pubs and in the city’s colorful streets over steely, bass-filled production.

Rusangano Family’s new album Let The Dead Bury The Dead is available now. Check out the music video for “Lights On” below.

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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