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Ugandan Transgender Web Series 'The Pearl Of Africa' Ep. 5 Asks "Have You Had To Convince People You’re A Woman?"

'The Pearl of Africa,' the documentary web series on Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu, releases episode 5.


Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu, whose public transition and ongoing LGBTQI activism serve as the basis for Swedish filmmaker Jonny von Wallström‘s forthcoming documentary feature, The Pearl of Africa, discusses her stance within the fight for gay civil rights in the latest clip from the project. In this episode, Cleo uses the African-American civil rights movement of the sixties as an example of the struggle that gay activists can learn from and look to for inspiration. She also shares her belief that most of the homophobia she encounters stems from a place of ignorance and confusion-- a direct result of  the unwillingness of most Africans to openly engage in dialogues concerning gender and sexuality. "We are people who don't really talk about sexuality," she says. "And issues to deal with gender, are for the lack of a better word, almost rigid." It is also revealed that Cleo has been invited to a secret meeting with members of the Ugandan parliament. With only two more installments from the groundbreaking documentary left to air, we hope to see more of the activist work that Cleo engages in as she fights for LGBTQI equality . Stay tuned for our continuing coverage and watch the fifth episode of The Pearl of Africa below. For more, follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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