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Introducing Okaymusic, Our New Digital Music Service

We're launching our new new digital music service, Okaymusic. Check it out here.

OkayAfrica is proud to announce the official launch Okaymusic, the latest addition to its far-reaching brand.


Partnered with the music world's most notable digital platforms this brainchild of OkayAfrica will bring digital music distribution and marketing services to emerging and established artists across Africa, its diaspora and from all around the world—giving them access to upload their music onto every major digital platform.

“We understand the new digital landscape" says Abiola Oke, CEO of OkayAfrica and Okaymusic, "and will energetically defend artists' rights while making their music available to a global audience."

Okaymusic will be launching with an already-collated extensive catalogue of some of the best music from across Africa and its diaspora. Among the artists already signed to Okaymusic are Nigerian superstar, Innocent "2Baba" Idibia, top Nigerian producer DJ Spinall, Cameroonian star Numerica, Nigerian urban highlife singer-songwriter Adekunle Gold, Tanzanian superstar Vanessa Mdee, Nigerian chart busting songstress Niyola, Zimbabwean reggae star Buffalo Souljah, Nigeria's fast-rising producer Bankyondbeatz, and many more.

Check out the Okaymusic Summer '17 Playlist

Okaymusic is created with one simple goal: hands-on management of digital assets, thereby enabling artists to focus on the most important aspect of the music business, the art of making music.

Having attained Apple Music Curator status, carefully curated playlists are uploaded every Wednesday, featuring the music of signed artistes and artists that we love on Apple Music as well as on Spotify and on OkayAfrica, while Okaymusic's YouTube channel will carry their latest videos. Also launching today is Okaymusic.com, a website curating every signed artist with their biography, videos, photos, one minute extracts of their music and the ability to purchase and download individual songs or albums using a wide selection of currencies.

“What sets Okaymusic apart is that we are truly partners with our artists," says Rikki Stein, Fela Kuti's former manager and Head of A&R.; “We will never take ownership, we work for the repertoire owner and have their best interests at the forefront of this venture. Artists from anywhere in the world whose music contains those distinct, eclectic elements that we all enjoy are encouraged to join us. This first taste of what Okaymusic has to offer will soon be augmented by a host of artists in a wide range of musical styles."

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For additional information visit Okaymusic.com or e-mail info@okaymusic.com

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The Ethiopian Government Has Asked Olympic Runner In Exile, Feyisa Lilesa, to Return Home

After two years in exile, the Olympic athlete will return home and receive a "hero's welcome."

Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian runner who went into exile in 2016 after bravely protesting the Ethiopian government's brutal treatment of its Oromo population at the Rio Olympics, has been invited to return to home.

After living in self-imposed exile United States for two years the marathoner, who demonstrated by crossing his fists as he reached the finish line and claimed the silver medal, has been extended an offer to return to his homeland and compete for his country once again by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation and the country's Olympic committee. According to VOA News, the runner will return home in the coming weeks with his wife and children.

"Athlete Feyisa Lilesa has scored great results at the Rio Olympics and other athletics competitions enabling Ethiopia's flag to be hoisted to great heights," read a joint letter from the two athletics organizations.

"We want Lilesa to return to his home country to resume his athletics competition and upon his return we are prepared to give him a hero's welcome."

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Could Justice Finally Be on the Horizon for Marikana Massacre Families?

New evidence suggests that the police intended to kill all along.

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Marikana Massacre, when 34 mine-workers were gunned down by police after several days of wage disputes at Lonmin Mine in Rustenburg, North West province. New information was recently uncovered that undermines the police's longstanding claim that they acted in self-defence. If anything, it is a glimmer of hope for the families of the victims that remain left behind in the aftermath of that tragedy.

It was the worst mass civilian killing since the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, where South African protesters were killed for opposing the Apartheid regime. The Marikana Massacre, in contrast, was the tragic consequence of week-long wage disputes and clashes between miners and the South African police.

While media footage appears to show the miners as the victims, police have always argued that they were acting in self defence. Consequently no officers involved have been charged. Instead, the surviving mineworkers face murder charges under the doctrine of common purpose. But unnerving facts have come to light that seem to make the police argument even less likely. This includes the ordering of 4000 rounds of live ammunition and several vans from the mortuary the day before the massacre.

I cannot even begin to unpack my anger and frustration at this terrible irony.

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Remembering Aretha Franklin and Her Heartfelt Connection With Nelson Mandela

In honor of the Queen of Soul's immeasurable impact, we revisit her passionate support of Nelson Mandela, and the anti-apartheid movement, through her musical tributes.

Iconic singer, Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul" passed away on Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Franklin was considered by many to be the greatest singer of all time. Her influence on popular music cannot be overstated. The legendary artist sold 75 million records and earned 18 Grammys in a career spanning six decades and she was influential in many global social movements as well.

Having been a widely-embraced public figure for so long, Franklin was present for some of the biggest events of the 20th century, including the funeral of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990.

Upon Mandela's release, the singer played a unique role in welcoming him to the States by performing at a freedom rally in his honor in Detroit. Rosa Parks, Jesse Jackson and Stevie Wonder were also in attendance for the historic night. During the celebration, Franklin called the anti-apartheid leader on stage, where he spoke about listening to and appreciating "the Detroit, Motown Sound" while he was in prison.

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