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Video: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 'Big Fat Dog'

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The Freetown video for "Big Fat Dog" is the centerpiece in a partnership between Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and the The World Food Program USA — who've linked up to bring attention to the urgent issue of world hunger, particularly in the Sahel region. In the band's words:

Hunger is an issue that continues to affect Sierra Leoneans and people across the African continent. For the third time in a decade, drought in the Sahel region of Africa is threatening millions of people with hunger. Meanwhile, conflict in Mali has forced at least 300,000 people to flee their homes, adding to the hunger crisis both in Mali and neighboring countries. The UN World Food Program (WFP) and its partners have launched a regional response to bring food assistance to more than 9 million people in eight countries.

"Big Fat Dog" can be found on SL Refugee All Stars' latest full-length Radio Salone. Check out our exclusive stream of selected cuts from that LP and learn more about the cause here.

 

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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