Events

#OKAYAFRICADC New Year Libation

#OKAYAFRICADC New Year Libation African dance party on Wednesday 22nd January at Tropicalia.


The party that takes you on a diaspora-wide musical trip celebrates the New Year with its yearly libation. #OKAYAFRICADC has been DC's most consistent African dance party, delivering kwaito, hiplife, kuduro, South African house, zouk, soukous, coupe decale, Zambian house, kukere and, of course, azonto to a hungry city. Since it's inception, there’s been a deep demand to keep it going. In the name of promoting the latest music and culture coming from the diaspora, #OKAYAFRICADC continues it’s wave of mind-wide, foot friendly parties in the nation’s capital. On Wednesday, January 22, resident DJ Underdog and special guest iL COLLINS, will grace the stage at Tropicalia! No pretentiousness, no commercial radio nonsense, and no drama. Bring a towel and dancing shoes. Join the event on Facebook!

OKAYAFRICA NEW YEAR LIBATION!

WED 1.22.14 • DOORS OPEN AT 9PM

DJ SETS BY:

DJ UNDERDOG // DJ iL COLLINS

TROPICALIA

• 2001 14TH ST WASHINGTON DC •

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