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Video: Usher x Sinkane x The Afghan Whigs 'Runnin'"

Watch Sudanese-bred Sinkane perform his upbeat single "Runnin'" with Usher and The Afghan Whigs live at SXSW.


Photo by Phillip Di Fiore

Over the weekend at Austin's SWSX music festival our dude Sinkane — who crafted one of the very first Africa In Your Earbuds mixtapes — was called onstage by none other than R&B prince Usher and indie-rock pioneers The Afghan Whigs to perform "Runnin'," a song we premiered here almost a year ago. Usher and Sinkane ran amok onstage, both jumping, gyrating and shouting the falsetto croons to Sinkane's single — and, yes, Usher and The Afghan Whigs knew every word and drum fill. Watch it below, starting at the 23-minute mark via FADER Fort.

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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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