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Angolan Duo Tchobari Blend Kuduro & Afro-House In 'Kwatsiru'

Angolan producer-MC duo Tchobari release debut album, 'Kwatsiru' named after their fusion of contemporary Angolan styles and sounds.


Before they were a group, Angolan duo Tchobari comprised of rapper Sarissari and beatmaker Tchoboly — were producing beats and working with artists such as R&B crooner/kizomba dancer Anselmo Ralph and kuduro sensation Game Walla. After working with varied local and global sounds, the two came together to carefully blend the kuduro world with kizomba, semba and other contemporary Angolan genres. Their combination results in an impressive and unique sound that Tchobari dub 'kwatsiru.' The name, which also doubles as the title of their debut album, Kwatsiru, marks a project two years in the making. The 15-track LP has been making waves across Angola and includes a mix of semba guitars, slow kizomba rhythms, afrohouse kicks and ndombolo beats. The duo has released music videos for three for album cuts "E Male," "Quem Mandou Me Nascer," and "We Love You Madiba." In "É Male,"the Luanda artists cruise on motorcycles, while a taste of Angolan nightlife is shown in "Quem Mandou Me Nascer." After the passing of Nelson Mandela, Tchobari also released their own tribute "We Love You Madiba." Watch all three videos from Kwatsiru, stream the release below and buy it on iTunes.

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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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