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Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot Added to Sauti Sol’s NYC Show

Okayafrica presents Sauti Sol live at Highline Ballroom in New York City with Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot.

East Africa’s Africa’s biggest band officially kicks off their 2016 U.S. tour this Sunday in New York City. Okayafrica is presenting Sauti Sol, the celebrated Kenyan afro-pop outfit, for one night only at NYC’s Highline Ballroom.


What’s more, Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot have just been added to the show.

After starting off as the first-ever Tanzanian MTV VJ, Mdee has risen to become one of the most popular recording artists on the continent. She's behind such hits as "Niroge," "Hawajui," "Never Ever," and the K.O-featuring "Nobody But Me."

Dividing her time between Accra, Copenhagen and New York City, the Ghanaian-born Abot should be a familiar face to Okayafrica readers. Most recently, the singer has been touring with Ms. Lauryn Hill on the Diaspora Calling tour.

Sauti Sol are coming off the release of their long-awaited third album, Live and Die In Afrika, which features 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.” Last Saturday, they took home Best Group at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg.

Now, the four-piece group—comprised of Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano, Polycarp Otieno and Savara Mudigi—are bringing their pop blend of soulful vocal harmonies and Kenyan rhythms to NYC as part of a U.S. tour which also includes stops in Seattle (November 3), Minneapolis (November 4), D.C. (November 5), Raleigh (November 11) and Dallas (November 12).

Join us for a Facebook live chat with Sauti Sol, Friday, October 28th at 5pm EST.

Buy tickets to Okayafrica presents Sauti Sol with Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot at Highline Ballroom in New York City on Sunday, October 30.

Best Music of the Week: Maleek Berry, DJ Neptune x Runtown & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

Maleek Berry "Let Me Know"

Maleek Berry's excellent Last Daze of Summer EP is still banging pretty much everywhere. "Let Me Know" is the latest track off the EP to get the visual treatment. In the romantic clip, Maleek and the girl he has his eye on head to Cape Town.

DJ Neptune "Why" feat. Runtown

DJ Neptune comes through with "Why," the latest single off his upcoming album, G.R.E.A.T.N.E.S.S. The slow-burning tune features the man behind one of 2016's biggest songs ("Mad Over You"), Runtown, and was produced by Del B.

Kae Sun "Stalk"

Ghanaian-Canadian singer Kae Sun is back with a guitar-led dance jam in "Stalk." The new single is paired with a striking, nighttime forrest music video, filmed in his home of Montreal. "Stalk" is the lead track of Kae Sun's upcoming LP due next year.

RMBO x Peta Teanet

RMBO, the solo moniker of Tshepang Ramoba (BLK JKS), is readying the release of his upcoming EP. In the meantime, he's sent over this addictive remix of South African disco artist Peta Teanet. "Chachali Malindela" will light up any dance floor.

Ayo Awosika "You're The One"

Nigerian-American singer Ayo Awosika has played stages across the globe as Miley Cyrus' backup singer. She's now stepping out on her own with "You're The One," a sweet and beautiful love letter to Nigeria.

Yaa Yaa "Life" feat. FanteFante

Ghanaian singer Yaa Yaa has released the motivational and uplifting single "LIie," featuring FanteFante. The song's about shaking off life's troubles and pushing on ahead. Check it out above and grab it on iTunes here now.


Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

Cape Town Hip-Hop Legend Jitsvinger Drops His First Project In 10 Years

Jitsvinger's latest EP is a mixture of boom-bap, jazz and Afrikaaps lyricism.

Cape Town musician Jitsvinger last released an album, Skeletsleutel, in 2007.

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Zwai Bala produced most of TKZee's hits. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The 10 Best Kwaito Producers

Get to know the the 10 most notable old school kwaito producers.

"Kwaito will never die," tweeted the rapper Riky Rick about a week ago.

This was after he'd just released a new single called "Stay Shining." The song features fellow rapper Cassper Nyovest, alongside the Durban kwaito artist Professor, Alie Keys and the DJ duo Major League DJz.

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