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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

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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