Okayafrica quite simply represents Africa’s New Wave; with more than half the population in many African nations under 25, the bright continent is currently undergoing an explosion of vibrant new music, fashion, art and political expression. Okayafrica is the multi-faceted hub capturing the spirit of this unprecedented boom in youth culture, focusing on emerging and progressive artists, blending traditional aesthetics with a futurist lifestyle. Established Okayafrica web series include the Africa In Your Earbuds mixtapes–each mix curated by a breaking, critically acclaimed artist (tUnE-yArDs, Rich Medina, BLK JKS, Saul Williams & others)–and The Roots Of, a series tracing artists’ DNA back to the continent (Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Michael K Williams, Flying Lotus and others have already participated). For its Beta launch in July 2010, Okayafrica hosted The World Cup Finale party in Prospect Park, drawing over 20,000 people for a show featuring The Roots, Talib Kweli, and six new African artists (Blitz the Ambassador, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, Zakee, Janka Nabay, Dragons of Zynth, and cast members of FELA!). Okayafrica’s online store launched in conjunction with The Roots’ latest release undun in December 2011, and rolled out a new curated line in September of 2012.
Launched in 1999 by ?uestlove of The Roots, Okayplayer is the original progressive urban music site and maintains its position as the premier digital destination for music connoisseurs worldwide. Okayplayer delivers the full spectrum of groundbreaking music to your fingertips (and earphones) everyday.
Okayfuture represents the convergence of new electronic music with hip-hop and soul that often defies any one category. Chopped vocal samples, atmospheric landscapes, and heavy bass will often set the tone for featured music on this channel.
LargeUp is an exclusive journey into authentic Caribbean lifestyle. Brooklyn based selector/promoter, DJ Gravy and NYC/Kingston based photographer / artist, Martei Korley, lead the Large Up team capturing the unique sounds, styles, flavors, destinations and activities that define Island culture in the Caribbean and abroad.
The Revivalist is the leading online journal for the burgeoning jazz community. By illuminating the renewal of retro and classic music with that of new emerging genres, The Revivalist is the center of a cultural resurgence of live music. We are music innovators, musicians, and music lovers documenting and foretelling the stories of authentic and original music and how they have influenced today’s popular music.
In addition to our core team, Okayafrica would not be what it is without our top notch team of contributing writers, and photographers.
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Okayplayer is a trusted niche brand with a long history and loyal following. Our worldwide audience is constantly growing and comes to Okayplayer in hopes of discovering something new and exciting. We offer various options for advertising from banner ads on our website to interstitial ads on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Please contact us for more information on the opportunities we have available to you!
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