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Okayafrica DC's Azonto Fiesta II!

The first one was so good we had to do it again! Don't sleep on Okayafrica DC's "Azonto Fiesta 2."


Are you ready to azonto again?!!?! In the name of promoting the latest music and culture coming from Africa and the diaspora, Okayafrica continues it’s wave of mind-wide parties in the nation’s capital Washington, D.C. This Wednesday, April 17 DJ’s Underdog, DrewCool and Senyo will grace the stage at Tropicalia for Azonto Fiesta II! Anything is fair game, but you'll probably hear more kwaito, hiplife, kuduro, South African house, zouk, soukous, coupe decale and, of course azonto! No pretentiousness, no commercial radio nonsense, and no drama. See all info in the flyer below and join the event on Facebook!

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Photo: Mariela Alvarez.

Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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