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Okayafrica Exclusive: Watch A Clip Of Nas's Global Breakdance Doc 'Shake The Dust'

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Breakdancing and b-boy/b-girl culture is widely considered a key element of hip-hop--a physical outpouring of rhythmic creativity that's lit the world for over 30 years. And as hip-hop's appeal and impact has spread across the globe, breakdancing has travelled too, striking up new movements in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America and beyond.

Now, a new documentary film bears witness to a cross section of global breakdance culture. Executive produced by none other than the legendary MC Nas, Shake The Dust takes viewers to Cambodia, Uganda, Colombia and other foreign climes as it showcases foreign dancers determined to develop their own skills and styles. The 84 minute film highlights dancers, rappers and DJs and was directed by journalist Adam Sjöberg, and earlier this week Okayafrica premiered an exclusive new clip that's an absolute must-see.

In it we meet Ugandan b-boy Fahadi Kiryowa, a young man who has made hip-hop an integral part of his life as he practices and performs outdoors and in run-down buildings. For Kiryowa, like so many other dancers, the breakdance culture has become a a kind of kinetic voice--a way of growing as an artist connected to the world but grounded in his homeland. Keenly-edited and full of gorgeous shots, the short scene is just a foretaste of the enlightening fun that courses throughout Shake The Dust.

BOND/360 will premiere Shake The Dust in theaters Friday, May 15th at Los Angeles's TCL Chinese Theater, with a limited national run to follow in select cities. Itunes and VOD subscribers will be able to watch it online beginning May 19th.

Watch the Shake The Dust clip and read much more about Shake The Dustvia Okayafrica.