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South Africans are Eagerly Awaiting the State of the Nation Address

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the 2019 State of the Nation Address this evening.

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is an annual address given by the president of South Africa. It speaks to where the country presently finds itself socially, economically and politically. It also speaks to the high-level objectives that the incumbent government has for the current year and years to come.


South Africans wait with baited breath as the 2019 SONA is set to be delivered this evening. What one would think is your run-of-the-mill address by the president is in actual fact quite a spectacle. The SONA comes with a lavish display of red carpets, couture fashion and even a gala dinner. It has many ordinary South Africans asking: just who do these politicians think they are?

However, the 2019 SONA is reportedly set to be the cheapest in over five years. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to give comment on unemployment, poverty and investment, among other pertinent issues.

In the past, the SONA has been a bona fide circus as politicians have come to blows and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have, in their characteristic fashion, disrupted the proceedings and been escorted out by security. The past SONAs have been a disgraceful display of political clout and a genuine disregard for the millions of South Africans watching.

South Africa is currently embroiled in an elaborate labyrinth of corruption that is being uncovered in the explosive Bosasa trial, headed up by the Zondo Commission of Inquiry. The sporadic arrests of politicians by the specialized crime unit, the Hawks, have left South Africans wondering whether there will be any of that drama at the SONA this evening.

South Africans share some of their feelings about the 2019 SONA on social media.








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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