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Chef Roblé's Roots Picnic @Okayafrica Instagram Takeover Ft. Erykah Badu, Questlove, The Weeknd & More!

Join @okayafrica on Instagram this Saturday as Chef Roblé takes over our feed live from the Roots Picnic with Erykah Badu, Questlove, The Weeknd and more.


Photo courtesy of Chef Roblé

This weekend we're headed down to Philly with the whole Okayplayer fam for the 8th annual Roots Picnic. We had such a good time celebrating Africa Day with the Everyday People massive that we thought who better to join us than EP NYC host and star caterer Chef Roblé Ali.

Stay tuned to Okayafrica's Instagram this Saturday, May 30th, as Roblé takes over our feed all day from the Festival Pier, and look out for special appearances from Erykah Badu, Questlove, Black Thought and the legendary Roots crew, The Weeknd, Moses Sumney, A$AP Rocky, Afrika Bambaataa, King Britt, Hiatus Kaiyote, Raury, Phantogram, Chronixx, Bishop Nehru, Hudson Mohawke, Rae Sremmurd (fresh off the release of their Joburg music video), DJ Mustard, Arcade Fire's Win Butler and more of our favorite picnicgoers!

What: Chef Roblé's Roots Picnic @Okayafrica Instagram Takeover

When: Saturday, May 30th

Where: Okayafrica's Instagram

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We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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