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XOkayAfrica: Cuppy Drops By to Show Love

Nigeria's buzzing DJ Cuppy stopped by OkayAfrica HQ in NYC. See the exclusive photos.

We get a lot of drop-ins at the OkayAfrica offices.


Any given day, you're liable to see an afrobeats star, buzzing actor, fashion it-girl, or underground artist stopping by our Brooklyn headquarters to say what's up and scope out our multipurpose gallery, OkaySpace.

In our new series XOkayAfrica, we'll be capturing those visits through exclusive photos.

NEW YORK CITY—Cuppy is on a mission.

The buzzing Nigerian DJ and producer has been everywhere lately, holding down parties on both sides of the Atlantic while dropping new collaborations with the likes of Mr Eazi and Young Paris.

Cuppy stopped by our OkayAfrica HQ to perform a DJ set that showcased her catchy 'neo-afrobeats' sound, which is built on a blend of afrobeats and electro-house influences.

Needless to say, she killed it.

And, to make things better, we had two of our favorite dancers on hand to add some moves to her set.

To hear more of Cuppy's unique 'neo-afrobeats' style revisit her excellent House of Cuppy mixtapes.

If you're in London, she'll be throwing a series of summer rooftop parties, called Cactus On The Roof, throughout June.

Check out our exclusive pictures of Cuppy at the OkayAfrica offices, taken by Ginny Suss, below.

Cuppy at OkayAfrica. Photography by Ginny Suss.

Cuppy at OkayAfrica. Photography by Ginny Suss.

Cuppy at OkayAfrica. Photography by Ginny Suss.

Cuppy at OkayAfrica. Photography by Ginny Suss.

Cuppy at OkayAfrica. Photography by Ginny Suss.

Cuppy at OkayAfrica. Photography by Ginny Suss.

Cuppy at OkayAfrica. Photography by Ginny Suss.

Cuppy at OkayAfrica. Photography by Ginny Suss.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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