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Win Tickets To Baloji & L'Orchestre de la Katuba Live In NYC!

Baloji returns to NYC with L'Orchestre de la Katuba April 17th for Pace Presents at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.


We know for a fact that Baloji puts on a high energy live performance. The Congolese/Belgian rapper is hitting NYC once more next week with L'Orchestre de la Katuba when PACE presents a night of live music curated by Live Sounds. Find out more details on the event below and in the meantime peep the lyric video for Baloji and L'Orchestre de la Katuba's cover of Fela Kuti's "Buy Africa" below. We're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. To enter to win, follow and tweet at @okayafrica with the hashtag #BalojiNYC.

>>>BALOJI & L'ORCHESTRE DE LA KATUBA IN NYC APRIL 17TH

Thursday, April 17

Pace Presents

Baloji and L'Orchestre de la Katuba

Futuristic Africa: Congolese Rumba, Hip-Hop and Funk

Curated by LiveSounds.org

at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

3 Spruce Street, NYC

Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $35

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