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Electro (House, EDM...) Rap/Hip Hop

Nyege Nyege Tapes – Music for the Eagles

East African Underground shows a group of innovative artists throughout the region, trying to build a creative community and share their future-forward music, pushing boundaries.

From the Horn down to Mozambique – visionary music runs deep across East Africa. Artists Slikback, Kampire, KMRU, Otim Alpha, Aunty Rayzor, and Boutross, along with labels like Nyege Nyege, are pushing the boundaries of hip-hop, experimental electronics, dance, and sounds from throughout the region.

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Global

Music empowering African kids

Benin: Star Feminine Band

A group from Benin, originally from the surroundings of Natitingou and only made up of young girls aged between 8 and 15 years old who play and interpret their own repertoire. Their songs are mainly about the condition of African women, including forced marriage, excision, their dream of independence and their desire to become professional musicians.

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Uganda: Topowa – Never Give Up!

The inspirational journey of 12 young musicians from some of the toughest slums in Uganda, to some of the biggest music stages in the world. It’s a story of resilience and hope, carried along by a joyous, foot-stomping celebration of music and life. At the heart of this film: the power of music to change lives and a charity called Brass for Africa.

The documentary won “Best Music Documentary” at the Raindance Film Festival 2020, the UK’s largest independent film festival.

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Old African Music

The Cranes, everyone’s grandfathers

They came with guns, he only had a guitar.

Après plus de 40 ans d’absence, le groupe ougandais, gloire des annĂ©es Idi Amin Dada, est rĂ©apparu sur scène l’annĂ©e dernière au Nyege Nyege Festival, suite au travail et aux recherches d’un rĂ©alisateur nĂ©erlandais pour son documentaire sur la disparition d’un des musiciens.

Le groupe, formĂ© par 3 Ă©tudiants qui reprenaient Ă  l’origine les Beatles et les Rolling Stones, a exercĂ© son art de 1965 Ă  1975 et Ă©tait surnommĂ© le “Boys Band” du dictateur.

Le groupe s’agrandit, rĂ©intègre les styles musicaux “plus traditionnels et locaux” dans son rĂ©pertoire, puis la Rumba congolaise. Bien que leur musique fut jouĂ©e partout, un seul album a Ă©tĂ© enregistrĂ© (Ten Hits), qui devrait ĂŞtre bientĂ´t rĂ©Ă©ditĂ©.

Le documentaire “Bwana Jogoo: the ballad of Jessy Gitta” enquĂŞte sur la disparition et l’assassinat de Jessy Gitta Kasirivu, un matin de 1974, lors de sa violente arrestation par les agents du State Research Bureau (SRB), la police secrète d’Idi Amin. Bassiste et arrangeur du groupe, il eu la malheureuse idĂ©e de tomber amoureux d’une danseuse, qui plaisait aussi beaucoup au “PrĂ©sident Ă  vie” qui en fit sa 5ème Ă©pouse.