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Watch Tumi's Video For 'In Defence of My Art' Featuring Reason & Ziyon

Johannesburg rapper/poet Tumi shares the official music video for his new single "In Defence of My Art."


Right from its opening shot of a hooded Tumi sitting on a gun throne, the video for the Johannesburg rapper/poet's new single "In Defence of My Art," featuring Reason and Ziyon, makes a mark. Filmed in stark black-and-white, the Kyle Lewis-directed piece depicts Tumi as emperor, a king-artist not just defending his repertoire, but proudly flaunting it. The clip runs through shots of AK-47s, gas masks and plenty of military imagery to showcase Tumi's literal defense of his craft, involving the viewer in its strange mystery. Talking about the song with SABC News, Tumi mentioned that "It's really just about defending what you believe in, your own... your value system... the things that you've always stood for." With this video, then, Tumi confidently grounds this common struggle in a thrillingly frightening arena. Check it out below. "In Defence Of My Art" is available now and will feature on Tumi's upcoming third solo album, Return Of The King.

Interview

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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