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OkayAfrica's Weekend Guide: Davido Live In NYC, Afropunk In London and More

There’s a deluge of cool events happening across Africa and the diaspora this weekend and OkayAfrica’s weekend guide is where you’ll find them.

There’s a deluge of cool events happening across Africa and the diaspora this weekend and OkayAfrica’s weekend guide is where you’ll find them.


NEW YORK CITY—Naija afrobeats star, Davido will perform live at PlayStation Theater this Saturday, July 22. Catch the musician as he runs through his dance-worthy hits like "If," "Skelewu," "Aye," and more. You can purchase tickets, here.

NEW YORK CITY—Catch the Zuvaa Day: New York pop up this Saturday, July 21. The Zuvaa marketplace offers fun, stylish African-inspired clothing from skilled designers. Check here for more info.

WASHINGTON D.C.—If you're in the mood for some tasty delectables check out the Taste of Liberia Authentic Food and Day Party at Decades DC. Enjoy foods from a packed menu of Liberian dishes, and vibe out to tunes from local DJs. You can register for the event, here.

LONDON—The Black Music Records & African Crafts Fair takes place this Saturday at Harrow Mencamp. Pick up some vinyl, CDs, books, clothes posters and more from British Black Music's extensive collection. Register for the event here.

LONDON—IJE, "the largest UK African fashion show" takes place this Sunday, July 23 at the Intercontinental London. Click here to register.

LONDON—Afropunk Fest: London takes place this weekend from July 22-23. The extensive lineup includes Little Simz, Petite Noir, Saul Williams, The Internet and many others. Check out the full lineup, and purchase tickets here.

NAIROBI—Check out "The Rhythm" event at the Alchemist Bar this Saturday July 22 in Nairobi. "The Rhythm" is a "music event series focused on exploring the different musical influences and the music culture in different cities. The journey began at Carfax Newtown in Johannesburg, South Africa." Find out more about the event via Kenyabuzz.com.

What to Listen to:

For a playlist of the best songs that came across our desk this week, check out OkayAfrica’s Weekend Playlist, featuring Yemi Alade, Kranium, Mr Eazi and more. You can stream our full playlist below, via Spotify and Apple Music.

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Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kofi Annan, Has Died

The celebrated Ghanaian humanitarian and the first black African to serve as head of the UN, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

Kofi Annan, the seventh UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away on Saturday morning following a brief illness. "His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during the last days," read a family statement. He was 80.

Annan was the first black African to serve as head of the United Nations, holding the prestigious position from 1997 to 2006. He was lauded for his global humanitarian work, eventually earning Annan and the UN a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for "their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

Annan was head of the UN during the onslaught of the Iraq War, proving to be one of the most challenging global events to occur under his time as Secretary General and one of the most divisive of the early 21st century. "I think the worst moment of course was the Iraq war, which as an organization we couldn't stop—and I really did everything I can to try to see if we can stop it," he said in 2006.

Annan was also the founder of the Kofi Annan foundation and chairman of The Elders, an international humanitarian organization of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela.

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Janet Jackson Returns With Afrobeats-Inspired Song & Video 'Made For Now' Featuring Daddy Yankee

The icon's latest is a nod to the sound, fashion and culture of the diaspora.

Ms. Jackson is back.

The iconic artist returns with her first single since the release of her 2015 album Unbreakable, and it's a timely nod to the "made for now" influence of afrobeats fashion, sound and culture.

On "Made For Now," which features Puerto Rican reggaeton titan Daddy Yankee, Janet Jackson does what she's done successfully so many times throughout her decades-long career: provide an infectious, party-worthy tune that's fun and undeniably easy to dance to. "If you're living for the moment, don't stop," Jackson sings atop production which fuses dancehall, reggaeton and afrobeats.

The New York-shot music video is just as lively, filled with eye-catching diasporic influences, from the wax-print ensembles and beads both Janet and her dancers wear to the choreographed afrobeats-tinged dance numbers, which see the dancers hitting the Shoki at one point in the video. The train of dancers travel throughout the streets of Brooklyn, taking over apartment buildings and rooftops with spirited moves.

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You Need to Hear Juls' New Single 'Saa Ara'


New hip-hop and highlife grooves from the celebrated UK-based Ghanaian producer.

By merging the diverse influence of growing up in Accra and East London, Juls has managed to cultivate a hybrid afrobeats style that has set him apart from the rest.

For his latest single, "Saa Ara," he teams up with award-winning rapper Kwesi Arthur and gifted lyricist Akan.

The brilliant fusion of vintage highlife instrumentals and booming hip-hop beats, along with Kwesi Arthur's lively chorus and Akan's fiery delivery gives the song a very spiritual and classical feel.

Soothe your soul this weekend with these tasteful sounds from Juls.

Listen to "Saa Ara" by Juls featuring Kwesi Arthur and Akan below.

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