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Adekunle Gold. Photo by Oluwaseye.

This Is What Adekunle Gold's Shows at Lincoln Center & Howard Theatre Looked Like

The Nigerian artist packed-out venues in New York & Washington, D.C. for our concerts.

Last week, OkayAfrica hosted two major shows with Nigerian singer-songwriter Adekunle Gold at NYC's Lincoln Center's Out of Doors summer concert series and Washington, D.C.'s historic Howard Theatre.

Adekunle Gold took over the stage on both nights and filled it with his signature blend of urban highlife and pop, backed by the powerful live sounds of The 79th Element. He had the packed-out crowds singing along and dancing to every song as he weaved together his Yoruba, English and Pidgin English vocals.

The NYC show at Lincoln Center Out Of Doors was kicked off by DJ Poizon Ivy and Olayinka Ehi, and featured surprise appearances from Shirazee, Michael Brun and Moelogo. Despite a little rain interval, the crowd stuck around in full force to watch Adekunle Gold and sing along. The NYC night was hosted by Young Prince and Shernita.

The Howard Theatre show was packed. It kicked off by DJ Jamstarr and singer Desbee, and featured a set from Mannywellz. That evening in D.C. was hosted by Raro Lae.

Check out photos—taken by Oluwaseye, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and TosinShotIt—from both OkayAfrica's New York City and Washington, D.C. shows with Adekunle Gold below.


NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors 

Adekunle Gold. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Shernita. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Young Prince & DJ Poizon Ivy. Photo by Oluwaseye.

DJ Poizon Ivy. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Michael Brun & Shirazee. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Moelogo & AG. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Olayinka Ehi. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Shirazee. Photo by Adama Delphine Fawunda.

OkayAfrica's CEO, Abiola Oke. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Bankulli. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Backstage. Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Adama Delphine Fawundu.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Photo by Oluwaseye.

Washington, D.C. at Howard Theatre

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

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Mannywellz. Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Adekunle Gold. Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

Photo by TosinShotIt.

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Watch Adekunle Gold's New Music Video For 'Young Love'

This sultry but upbeat track is the third single on his upcoming album, Afro Pop.

This year has seen the talented Adekunle Gold serving us some genuinely dope music. After he released the joint track "Promise" with his wife and fellow musician Simi, he followed that up with his first solo track of the year, "Before You Wake Up". He then went on to drop the Fela-inspired high-life track "Kelegbe Megbe" towards the end of June and accompanied it with a music video that boasted an incredibly avante-garde aesthetic. After recently announcing that he'd be dropping Afro Pop, his third studio album soon, he's just released a new single entitled "Young Love" and true to form, it's a definite banger.

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"Live My Life" single cover.

Listen to Adekunle Gold and DJ Breezy's New Feel-Good Single 'Live My Life'

This song will get you ready to face the day.

Adekunle Gold links up with Ghana's DJ Breezy for their new track "Live My Life."

As the song's title implies, it's all about letting go, and making the most out of life. Gold sings encouraging lyrics about believing in oneself in his harmonious twang atop the track's upbeat, and string-filled production by DJ Breezy himself. It's a feel-good track, that will get you moving and ready to face the day.

It's Adekunle Gold's latest following the release of "By You," a duet with his wife Simi. Before then, he dropped the memorable song a video for "Kelegbe."

The artist had a jam-packed summer, headlining not one but two OkayAfrica Lincoln Center shows in New York and Washington DC. If you missed any of the action, revisit the recap here.

Listen to DJ Breezy's and Adekunle Gold's 'Live My Life" below.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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