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#OKAYAFRICADC South African House Fiesta Live Mix

Jamming to the latest tunes from the motherland in the #OKAYAFRICADC live African mix.


#OKAYAFRICADC was back at it again! This live African mix was recorded at club Tropicalia in Washington D.C, this past Wednesday. #OKAYAFRICADC was created in the name of promoting the latest music and culture coming from Africa and its diaspora. Our party commands the capital’s dancefloor with resident spinner DJ Underdog providing sounds that are mind-wide and foot-friendly and, for this installment, Jahsonic accompanying the mood of the night. The DJs painted the sonic wall with the best South African underground tracks from the motherland. If you love house music, this mix was dedicated to you! Spread love!

PS: Afrobeat, kwaito, kuduro, zouk, soukous, azonto, kukere, coupe decale and hip life were not exempt from this past Wednesdays festivities. What will be lacking are pretensions, commercial radio nonsense, and egos. Learn more about Okayafrica Wednesdays by following our Facebook and Twitter. No track list available......it was a long night!

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Photo by Trevor Stuurman.

Interview: Thando Hopa Never Anticipated Acceptance in the Industry—She Anticipated a Fight

We speak to the South African lawyer, model, actress and activist about her historic Vogue cover, stereotypes imposed on people living with albinism and her work with human interest stories about vulnerable groups as a WEF fellow.

Vogue Portugal's April edition was a moment that caused everyone to hold their breath collectively. For the first time ever, a woman living with albinism was featured on the cover of the magazine in a sublime and timeless manner. Thando Hopa, a South African lawyer, model, actress and activist was the woman behind this historic first. It was not just a personal win for Hopa, but a victory for a community that continues to be underrepresented, stigmatised and even harmed for a condition outside of their control, particularly in Africa.

At just 31, the multi-hyphenate Hopa is a force to be reckoned with across different spaces. Through her considerable advocacy work as an activist, Hopa has and continues to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about people living with albinism as well as changing what complex representation looks like within mainstream media. In 2018, Hopa was named the one of the world's 100 most influential women by the BBC. After hanging up her gown as a legal prosecutor after four years of working with victims of sexual assault, Hopa is on a mission to change skewed perceptions and prejudices when it comes to standards of beauty.

As a current fellow at the World Economic Forum, she is also working towards changing editorial oversights that occur when depicting historically underrepresented and vulnerable groups. The fellowship programme prepares individuals for leadership in both public and private sectors, and to work across all spheres of global society.

OkayAfrica recently spoke to Hopa to find out about how it felt to be the first woman with albinism to be featured on Vogue, the current projects she's working on and what's in the pipeline for her.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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