Featured

Introducing OkayAfrica On Apple Music

We're proud to announce our new partnership with Apple as a curator on Apple Music.

OkayAfrica is proud to announce its new partnership with Apple as a curator on Apple Music.


As the leading media company connecting a global audience to the African continent, OkayAfrica’s curated page will keep listeners on the pulse of the African music scene.

Selected by our editorial team and its wide network of contributors, DJs, artists, and musicians, the OkayAfrica curated page will showcase the many diverse styles and sounds coming out of the African continent.

Playlists will include selections of the hottest afrobeats sounds, dedicated mixtapes to Africa's many famous musical genres and artistic legends, as well as a weekly-updated playlist to keep listeners on top of what's new and cool across the African continent and its diaspora.

We'll be launching our Apple Music curated page with five initial playlists: an Afrobeats Starter Kit, a Power mixtape, a selection of our favorite Vintage African Records, the best current South African Hip-Hop, and our recurring Songs You Need to Hear This Week.

Explore OkayAfrica's channel on Apple Music here and make sure to follow us to stay updated on our selections!

Get a closer look at our initial OkayAfrica playlists on Apple Music below.

Afrobeats Starter Kit

Our Afrobeats Starter Kit is an introduction to the biggest afrobeats hits to date. These are the songs that have defined the genre taking over airwaves across the globe, from D'banj's "Oliver Twist" to Wizkid's "Ojuelegba" and everything in between. Check out the Afrobeats Starter Kit, featuring hit songs from P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Davido, SarkodieBurna Boy and many more.

Vintage African Records

From long lost Ghanaian cassette tapes to Northern & East African record digging finds, these are the Vintage African Records you need in your life. This playlist compiles our favorite vintage re-releases that have come out recently, including classics from Fela Kuti to lesser-known '70s Ghanaian disco, Zamrock, Zulu rock, Cabo Verdean dance grooves, Nigerian psych-rock, and more.

Mzansi Heat: South African Hip-Hop

This is our South African Hip-Hop mixtape, Mzanzi Heat, which takes a look at the best South African hip-hop tracks that dropped last year, as compiled by OkayAfrica's resident SA hip-hop wizard Sabelo Mkhabela. Take a listen below for bangers from Nasty C, Riky Rick, AKA, K.O and more.

#Power

These are songs about people in power and those fighting the power, to match OkayAfrica's editorial theme this month of #POWER. More importantly, we listen to these songs to inspire our own resistance in these very trying times. Listen ahead for new and classic revolutionary songs close to our hearts.

Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Here at OkayAfrica, we get hundreds of music submissions every day. Our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlist will highlight the best new African music with a weekly-updated round up of the top tracks that came across our desks. This playlist will be updated every Friday, so make sure to check back and follow us for new songs to jam to every week!

Explore OkayAfrica's Apple Music channel here

popular
Photo courtesy of 1-54/SUTTON.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

Keep reading... Show less
popular

This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Video still via YouTube.

10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.