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Tony Allen & Damon Albarn's 'Go Back' Video Pays Homage To The Lampedusa Refugees

Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen shares the video for "Go Back," the Damon Albarn-featuring song off Allen's 'Film of Life' LP.


Back in July we reported on "Go Back," the Damon Albarn-featuring/co-written first single off Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen's upcoming solo album Film of Life. Last week Allen revealed the video for the serene yet funky song, and, along the way, gives urgent meaning to the title of the record, which was produced by French trio The Jazzbastards, and, in addition to Albarn, features Nigerian singer Kuku. Living up to the very words "film" and "life," the video is a penetrating yet ultimately affirming portrait of the pained and the joyous shot in crisp black-and-white. Managing to be both mysterious and resonant, the video, like the song, beautifully honors not only the African refugees who wound up on the Italian island of Lampedusa; it perhaps pays respect to all refugees, whether literal or metaphorical. The dark beauty of the song, then, shines through and the video powerfully conveys its apparent theme of longing for the faded. Seemingly more reflective than his energetic 2006 album Lagos No Shaking (released by Albarn on his Honest Jon's label), Film of Life could very well amount to Allen's most impassioned work yet. Watch the "Go Back" video, which premiered over at the Guardian, below, and look for Film of Life in October via Jazz Village.

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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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