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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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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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