Photo courtesy of Izzy Odigie.

Here's Your Afrobeats Dance Workout Playlist

Courtesy of Izzy Odigie.

Izzy Odigie is one the best Afro-fusion dancers and choreographers doing it right now.

Having grown up in Nigeria and later moved to the States, Izzy's dance style sits at the perfect intersection of afrobeats, hip-hop and pop moves.

Izzy got her first major break on the Afro-dance scene with her striking on-stage freestyle alongside Eddy Kenzo and, since then, she's racked up millions of views on Youtube for her choreography and dance freestyles to all the major afrobeats hits.

Izzy will be hosting a free Afrobeats Dance Workout session, presented by OkayAfrica and Samsung, in celebration of National Dance Day tomorrow July 25 in New York City. Make sure you RSVP here.

Ahead of that class we asked her to round up some of her go-to Afrobeats Dance Workout jams. She describes this as "a groove playlist of south, east, and west African bangers that will have you up & dancing no matter where you're from."

Get into this special Afrobeats Dance Workout playlist below.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music for many more playlists.

Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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