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Sauti Sol Is Coming to New York, Very Soon

Okayafrica is presenting East Africa’s biggest band, Sauti Sol, for a concert at NYC's Highline Ballroom in October.

East Africa’s biggest band is coming to New York City.


Okayafrica is presenting Sauti Sol, the celebrated Kenyan afro-pop outfit, for a newly-announced concert at NYC’s Highline Ballroom this coming October 30.

Sauti Sol are coming off the release of their long-awaited third album, Live and Die In Afrika, which featured huge singles like “Sura Yako,” “Nishike” and “Kuliko Jana,” and was one of our favorite releases of 2015.

The album climbed the Kenyan charts and received global attention—even President Obama was filmed dancing to “Sura Yako” in an unforgettable clip.

Now, the 4-piece group—comprised of Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano, Polycarp Otieno and Savara Mudigi—will be bringing their pop blend of soulful vocal harmonies and Kenyan rhythms to NYC in October.

Grab your tickets and revisit Sauti Sol’s recent video for “Kuliko Jana,” in which they sing with their old Nairobi high school choir, below.

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"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

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