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RUTH NEGGA

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Ruth Negga is an Ethiopian-Irish, Oscar-nominated actress who had her breakthrough performance in the 2016 movie, Loving. The film, based on the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, follows her character’s fight to legalize interracial marriage in 1950s America. She has been acting for years, appearing in the movies, World War Z, Warcraft: The Beginning, The Samaritan and the AMC T.V series, Preachers. Since 2004, Negga has been honing her craft and built a robust TV career.  She was supposed to have a pivotal scene in the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, as an escaped slave named Celeste, but her scenes were edited out of the film, much to her disappointment.  The actress has landed herself on countless “Best Dressed” lists from Harper’s Bazaar to Vogue and is set to have a bright career in Hollywood. —MB
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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