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Okayafrica TV: Black Coffee, DJ Spoko & Electrafrique At SummerStage In Central Park

Watch Okayafrica TV's recap of our South African bash at Central Park SummerStage with Black Coffee, DJ Spoko and Electrafrique DJs.


Okayafrica TV was present for our sunny South African bash at SummerStage in Central Park to capture what went down as SA's biggest DJ/producer Black Coffee‘bacardi house’ creator and leader of the new SA dance wave DJ Spoko and Electrafrique DJs Cortega & Underdog spun their tireless sets. Get into the SA house & kwaito sounds, see the highly-energetic crowd (shout out to Shaun Ross), and get to know what Black Coffee & DJ Spoko think about the ever growing African electronic dance scene at this celebration of 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa. Watch Okayafrica TV's recap video below and don't miss the rest of Okayplayer's 5-Part Summer Concert Series at Central Park. For more, check out our photo gallery and full review of the show.

Videographers: Jake Remington + Kevin Ornelas (Collabo! http://collabonyc.com/)

Editor: Jake Remington

Okayafrica's party at Central Park was the first in Okayplayer's 5-Part Summer Concert Series. Find out the details on our 4 other FREE SummerStage parties left this summer and enter to win VIP passes here.

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