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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.

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According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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