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Win Tix To The Roots Picnic [Giveaway + New Art + New Artists!]


The 5th Annual Roots Picnic is approaching more rapidly than a redneck trucker. The best summer-jam since Freaknik '89 is going down in the festival pier at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, PA on June 2 and 3. Don't believe us? Maybe this clip from last year's picnic will refresh your memory. Here's what you need to know:

LINEUP:

De La Soul, Wale, Kid Cudi, and Rakim are the headliners, along with The Roots, of course. Plus a gangload of other amazing performers (check the flyer for the full list), so yeah…it's gonna be all the way LIIIVE!!!

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Purchase your tickets soon (like, now?) via Ticketmaster.

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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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