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Ugandan Transgender Web Series 'The Pearl of Africa' Releases Episode 3

'Pearl of Africa,' the new documentary web series on Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu, releases episode 3.


Over the last couple of weeks we've been sharing the story of Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu, whose decision to publicly transition in her home country serves as the basis for Swedish filmmaker Jonny von Wallström's forthcoming documentary feature, The Pearl of Africa. The doc offers a glimpse into the life of Cleo and her boyfriend Nelson as they navigate their relationship and her transition in a country that has gained notoriety for its state-sanctioned homophobia. In this week's episode, Cleo opens up about her upbringing and shares childhood anecdotes that she believed hinted at her true gender expression and identity. She also touches on her plans for gender realignment surgery, her fears surrounding the procedure and the mixed reactions she faced from her parents and family members when she first came out to them as trans. There are four more installments planned for the series, which we’ll be posting as they’re made available. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage and watch the third episode of The Pearl of Africa below. For more, follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.

>>>Watch Episode 1 of  The Pearl Of Africa

>>>Watch Episode 2 of  The Pearl Of Africa

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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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