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This Short Film Gives New Life to M.anifest & MiCasa’s ‘Be My Woman’

A new short film from the Ghanaian MC and the SA house band.

In August, M.anifest and MiCasa released the Johannesburg-shot music video to their collaborative song, "Be My Woman."


The two acts are now sharing the short film version of the same video for the first time. This new version's been stripped off M.anifest and MiCasa's performance scenes from the music video, resulting in a short film that traces the lead model's journey from waking up in the morning to meeting up with M.anifest, who drives away with her in a vintage car.

"We are just trying a new approach to everything we are doing," says Makere Thekiso, the music video and short film's director in an email to OkayAfrica. "Art has no rules, and we figured let's cut a different version of the music video. Motheo Moeng (DOP) and I decided to try it as were shooting it on the day. The music underneath it gives a different feel. We tried not to overthink the whole process and just have fun with it. We also think films have a longer life span than music videos, and it can live in different platforms besides just music channels. M.anifest makes art and his approach to his music is very different so, visually, that is always the challenge."

M.anifest, in an email to OkayAfrica, says he enjoys collaborating with Thekiso and Moeng, "because they see beyond the music video."

"The song is a spark, the video is a visual pleaser, and this short film is tense and beautiful. It's another layer to the 'Be My Woman' body of art," says the rapper.

Watch the "Be My Woman" film, premiering below, and revisit our behind the scenes coverage of the shoot here.


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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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