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Behind the Scenes at Sauti Sol's New York Concert

We went backstage with East Africa's favorite pop-group, Sauti Sol and their openers Jojo Abot and Vanessa Mdee. Check out our photos.

Last month East Africa's favorite band, Sauti Sol, were crowned Africa's best group at the MTV Africa Awards in Johannesburg. Being long-time fans here at Okayafrica, we partnered with the band to bring them stateside. 


The result was that on Sunday night, the Kenyans sold out New York City's Highline Ballroom—kicking off a U.S. tour that is sure to win them some new American followers.

Sauti Sol are promoting their long-awaited third album, Live and Die In Afrika, which features hits like “Sura Yako,” “Nishike” and “Kuliko Jana,” and was one of our favorite releases of 2015.

We were backstage at the Highline Ballroom snapping pics of the boys and their openers, the New York-based Jojo Abot and the Tanzanian pop star Vanessa Mdee.

Check out the photos below.

Vanessa Mdee and Savara Mudigi

Jojo Abot

Savara Mudigi and Willis Austin Chimano, relaxing before the show.

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Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno

 

 

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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