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Coachella 2016: Black Coffee, Ibeyi, Young Fathers & Mbongwana Star Announced

Black Coffee, Ibeyi, Young Fathers and Mbongwana Star revealed on the 2016 Coachella lineup

Black Coffee photographed by Jake Salyers. Ibeyi photographed by Oluwaseye.


The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns to Indio, California, for two weekends in April (15-17 and 22-24). Last week, the New York Times confirmed both LCD Soundsystem and Guns N’ Roses would reunite at the festival. Tonight, Coachella revealed its full 2016 lineup, with a few of our favorite artists on the bill.

South African house DJ and producer Black Coffee is confirmed for a Friday slot, though he’s reported to have confirmed his rumored Coachella appearance in September. He’ll be joined on Day 1 by French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé of Ibeyi and Kinshasa's Mbongwana Star. Mercury Prize-winning Scottish / Liberian / Nigerian trio Young Fathers will hit the stage on Sunday.

Check out the full Coachella 2016 lineup and watch our Okayafrica TV episodes with Ibeyi, Young Fathers and Black Coffee below.

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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