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This Video Proves That Uganda Has The Best Break Dancers

Ugandan musician Silver Straw shares the lively breakdancing video for his latest single "Free Up," shot in Kampala.

Still from "Free Up" music video.


Swedish-based, Ugandan singer and producer Silver Straw decided to release his latest track “Free Up” after a conversation with his buddies about the political tension generated by the recent elections in Uganda.

“It was one of my friends who suggested that I make a feel good song that was about upliftment and unity in the country,” Silver Straw tells Okayafrica. "‘Free Up’ is all about choosing to not let your worries wear you down, as life is full of ups and downs. And enjoying the peace that comes when you acknowledge this truth."

For the song’s music video, Sliver Straw and director Grate Pest decided to showcase the undeniable talent on the streets of Nsambya, a neighborhood in Kampala, by enlisting one of the city’s dance masters and a group of his students to deliver their unique blend of “afrohouse, breaking, locking and traditional African dance,” as the singer tells us.

The dance crew flex their moves all over the city for the entirety of the 4-and-a-half-minute video, reminding us of the finesse and style that we were introduced to last year through Nas’ Ugandan break dance documentary Shake The Dust.

Check out Silver Straw’s music video for “Free Up” 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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