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Mayra Andrade Covers Cesária Évora For Okay Acoustic

Cabo Verdean singer Mayra Andrade performs a pristine cover of the "Barefoot Diva" Cesária Évora's "Isolada" for Okayafrica TV.

Cabo Verdean singer Mayra Andrade is one of the leading voices championing and interpreting the sounds of her country's morna music for modern ears through her pop and reggae-influenced compositions.


In this episode of Okay Acoustic, Mayra performs a serene and hypnotizing tribute to Cabo Verde's queen of morna, the "Barefoot Diva" Cesária Évora. Mayra ran through a pristine and stripped-down rendition of the late Cesária's Voz D'Amor ballad "Isolada" accompanied by Thomas Naïm on acoustic guitar.

Watch Mayra Andrade's Okay Acoustic session for Okayafrica TV above.

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#BuyBlack: 25 Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out on Black Friday

Our 2017 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

This is our first gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the Okayafrica Shop.

It's yet another year when America officially begins the holiday season on Thanksgiving tomorrow—a "celebration" that, for most folks, is a great day to spend time with family and to eat your fill.

For those that venture into the mission that is Black Friday shopping (kudos to you), it may be worth taking that moment to put your money where your mouth is and spend your coins on black-owned businesses.

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Kommanda Obbs Favors ‘the African Dream’ Over Western Standards On His New Single ‘Mabelebele’

Listen to Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single.

The music on renowned Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single "Mabelebele" is largely inspired kwaito. For his vocals, the rapper opts for a more melodic style on the track.

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The Black Indie Artist You Need to Listen to This Month: Vagabon

Vagabon is special.

This new series will feature the most exciting independent and alternative artists from Africa and its diaspora. Black artists are complex and multidisciplinary. Twice a month, we'll introduce the hottest, boldest musicians out there that you need to listen to.

Special people have the hardest time. They see so much, are aware of so much. And indeed, Vagabon is special.

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