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Here Are The African Artists To Catch At Coachella 2018

13 artists from Africa and its diaspora you should check out at this year's Coachella music festival.

It's that time of the year again. The upcoming Northern hemisphere summer means music festival season is about to start—and it all, as usual, kicks off with Coachella.

On top of the top billed acts like Beyoncé and Eminem there will be plenty of artists from Africa and its diaspora playing at what is arguably the biggest American music festival of the year.

Check out our list of artists to check out at Coachella 2018 below and see the full line-up and set times here.


Wizkid

Of course, the Starboy himself Wizkid will be repping Nigeria and Africa at this year's Coachella, where he's promised to bring several guests out. He tweeted: "We taking that African culture to Coachella this year by the way, and I'm bringing out everybody."

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Black Coffee

South African house DJ/producer and huge star Black Coffee will be holding down the decks this year and getting the party started at the Mojave stage. Having appeared on Drake's More Life, he'll surely be playing to some newer fans while acquiring many more in the process.

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MHD

MHD is the French rapper of Guinean and Senegalese descent who's been leading an "Afro Trap" revolution out of his base in Paris, and getting hundreds of millions of views on Youtube while he's at it.

Ibeyi

French-Cuban duo Ibeyi are mesmerizing. Their music encapsulates Afro-Latino culture and tradition into a united harmony in their latest album, 'Ash.'

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Jidenna

The Chief Jidenna had a big 2017 dropping his highly-anticipated debut album plus the solid EP Boomerang. The Nigerian-American act will be dropping some of those afrobeats-influenced songs from both projects to get the crowds moving.

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Kelela

Kelela's latest album, 'Take Me Apart,' is a sci-fi saga on Black women's sexuality and power. The Ethiopian-American artist creates a moment that is afrofuturistic, progressive and reaffirms the mysticism of black women.

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Moses Sumney

Ghanaian-American singer Moses Sumney's new album 'Aromanticism' wants us to stand still and embrace the absence of romance, instead of falling in love—making it ok to be alone.

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Sudan Archives

Sudan Archives first caught our attention through the electro-folk experimentations heard in her excellent debut EP last year. Her songs are a supremely captivating and unique blend of violin, hazy R&B vocals and hip-hop beats.

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Princess Nokia

A couple years back, Princess Nokia delivered the Afro-Latina anthem we needed with "Brujas." The Afro-Nuyorican MC offers a needed celebration of Latina identity and its rich spiritual heritage.

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Aminé

Aminé is everyone's favorite new rapper. The Ethiopian-American's songs and videos combine a genuinely fresh approach to lyrics with catchy, genre-bending production and a regional accent that's impossible to pin down.

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The Weeknd

Ethiopian-Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd doesn't really need much of an introduction—after all he's one of the three top billed acts this year. Here's to hoping he doesn't (or does?) get into a backstage fight with Wizkid over the Starboy trademark.

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French Montana

Yes, in case you forgot or didn't know, French Montana is Moroccan. The rapper's still riding high from his undeniable smash hit "Unforgettable" and its Ugandan-shot video.

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The Best African Memes of 2018

Laugh with us into 2019 with OkayAfrica's best African memes of 2018.

Meme culture has become a mainstay on these internet streets. It's essentially an alternate form of communicating, of commentary and of simple laughter. 2018 had its fair share of highs and lows, and young Africans continue to utilize memes to celebrate or to cope with the nonsense.

To reflect on the African memes that broke the internet this year, we tapped contributors and African meme tastemakers to list the best African memes of 2018.

Laugh away below.

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The Black Women Who Made Big Strides in France in 2018

Yes, this was a bad year for many reasons, but we can still celebrate the black women who rose to prominence

Back in 2015, a group of Black women activists appeared in the French media: les afrofems. They were and still are, fighting against police brutality, for better inclusion in the media and to destroy harmful sexual stereotypes surrounding black women among other worthy goals. Since then, more influential Black women have gained a bigger representation in the media. And, even better, some of the afrofems activists, like Laura Nsafou and Amandine Gay, have made films and written books to bring more diversity to the entertainment industry.

2018 has, in many ways, been a year where black women made strides in France, at least in terms of culture. From winning Nobel prizes, to having best selling books and being on top of the charts, Black French women have showed that, no matter how much France wants to keep them under the radar, they're making moves. And, no matter the tragedies and terrible events that have shaped the year, it is something worth celebrating.

France's New Queen of Pop Music

We begin with Aya Nakamura, France's new queen of pop music. Her song Djadja was a summer hit. Everyone from Rihanna, to the French football team who successfully won their second world cup, sang it. Her sophomore album "Nakamura" has been certified gold in France and is still on top of the charts. She is the first French singer to have a number one album in the Netherlands since Edith Piaf in 1961. The last time a black woman was as visible in pop music was in 2004, with Lynsha's single "Hommes...Femmes".

Nakamura has received a huge backlash, mostly due to misogynoir—misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles. From a French presenter butchering her African first name despite the fact that he can easily pronounce words like "Aliagas", to online trolls calling her ugly and manly when a picture of her wearing no makeup surfaced, to people complaining that she is bringing down the quality of the entire French pop music industry, Nakamura responds to her critics gracefully. Her music is not groundbreaking but her album is full of catchy songs with lyrics using French slang she masters so well that she came up with her own words like "en catchana" (aka doggy style sex). And most importantly, many black girls and women can finally see someone like them in the media getting the success she deserves.

The Nobel Prize Winner

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Another Black French woman has broken records this year: the Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé who won the Alternative Nobel Prize, a prize meant to replace the Nobel Prize in Literature, after the scandal that the Swedish Academy of Literature faced last year. Condé wrote her first novel at only 11 years old and has been prolific ever since. A former professor of French literature at Columbia University, she has published more than 20 books since the 1970s, exploring the complex relationships within the African diaspora. "Segu", her most famous novel, is about the impact of the slave trade and Abrahamic religion on the Bambara empire in Mali in the 19th century. Condé's work is radical and she remains committed to writing feminist texts exploring the link between gender, race and class, as well as exploring the impact of colonialism. Condé is a pillar of Caribbean literature and it's taken long enough for her work has been acknowledged by the Nobel prize committee.

The Children's Books Writers

From Comme un Million de Papillon Noir

And finally, 2018 has been the year where France's children's literature industry has finally understood how important, for the public, writers and publishers, being inclusive and diverse was. From Laura Nsafou's Comme un Million de Papillon Noir, a best selling book about a young black girl learning to love her natural hair which sold more than 6000 copies, to Neiba Je-sais-tout: Un Portable dans le Cartable, the second book of Madina Guissé published this year after a successful crowdfunding campaign, there are more and more children's and young adult books with non white protagonists. In France, there are still no stats about how diversity is doing, but in America, in 2017, only 7 percent of writers of children's literature were either Black, Latino or Native American.

There's still much to accomplish in France for the Black community to have better representation in the media, politics and all walks of life, but important strides have been accomplished this year, and it make me hopeful for what 2019 and the following years have in store.

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J Hus Has Been Sentenced to Eight Months in Jail for Knife Possession

The rapper has been convicted following an arrest in June.

Gambian-Biritish grime rapper J Hus has been sentenced to eight months in prison for knife possesion, reports BBC News.

The artist, neé Momodou Jallow, was arrested in Stratford London in June when police pulled him over near a shopping center, claming that they smelled cannabis. Police officers asked Hus if he was carrying anything illegal, to which the rapper admitted that he had a 10cm folding knife in his possession. When asked why, he responded: "You know, it's Westfield."

Hus pleaded guilty at a hearing in October after initially pleading not guilty.

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