Kiwi Global Dance Octet Weird Together Share Accra-Shot Video For 'No Compromise'

New Zealand global dance band Weird Together share the Accra-shot music video for "No Compromise," off their Soundway Records EP.

Weird Together is the kiwi global dance octet who first caught our attention with their infectious, house-influenced "Karima's Story." Initially the studio project of Tokyo-based music journalist/TV presenter Nick Dwyer and Auckland-based producer/DJ Dick "Magik J" Johnson, the outfit became a full live band in 2012 with the addition of Karima Madut (vocals), Mavs Adegbite (percussion/vocals), Izak Chadderton (steel pan), Alesano Schuster (steel pan), The Gaza Tripp (guitar) and Yonier Cuevas Vega (MC). Last year the group signed with UK label Soundway Records, who put out their 5-track No Compromise EP in December. Last week the group shared the visuals for their title track, a bouyantly comic love story unfolding on Accra's bustling streets. Shot by Dwyer and producer/director/editor Tu Neill (the team behind Red Bull Music Academy's outstanding Japenese video game music documentary Diggin’ In The Carts), the piece shows Weird Together's Sudanese vocalist Karima Madut announcing the release of "No Compromise" on live radio and then dancing to the song's jumpy beats as a rambunctious admirer goes after her. The music video also features cameos from Ghanaian highlife greats Gyedu Blay Ambolley and Ebo Taylor. Speaking about the new clip, Dwyer tells Okayafrica:

"Accra is such a beautiful place, I've been there a few times now and each time I just fall in love that little bit more. A large part of that beauty is the spirit and humour of the people and we really wanted to capture that in the video. Ghanaians are just so warm, witty and love and live life to the fullest and the team we worked with on the video made it such a joy to shoot. We'd made one of the longest flights you could possibly do - Auckland - Accra and we were jet-lagged, it was hot & myself and Tu managed to both get food poisoning, so it wasn't the easiest shoot ever but everyone we met was so super cool it ended up being the funnest. It was also Karima's first time back in Africa since she left when she was a child so for her it was a very special trip and most of that down to the hospitality & generosity of the locals that the Accra is renowned for."

Watch Weird Together's "No Compromise" video below. The No Compromise EP is out now on Soundway Records. For more, see the group's '90s-esque clip for "Gban Gban Lewa," which Okayafrica premiered here in September.


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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