Events

Catch the Opening of ‘Five/5ths: A TunnelVision Collective Presentation’ at Okay Space July 21st

Next week, Okayafrica and Okayplayer are teaming up with TunnelVision Gallery to host "FIVE/5THS: A TunnelVison Collective Presentation," at Okay Space

Next week, Okayafrica and Okayplayer are teaming up with TunnelVision Gallery to host "FIVE/5THS: A TunnelVison Collective Presentation," at Okay Space from July 21 to July 30.


FIVE/5THS—a collective of five contemporary artists—have come together to tell their story through an audio/visual exhibition that challenges the way we see and appreciate black art. Each of the five artists represents a “piece of the black mind”—together they reject the notion that blackness is fractioned.

Join us on Thursday, July 21, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. for the opening party with complimentary drinks and tunes by DJ Triptych all night!

Five/5ths Artists:

Geminelle

Sophia Dawson

Stephen Smallwarner

Dexter R. Jones

JD Malone

Join the Facebook event here.

RSVP here.

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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