Events

Don’t Miss MoCADA's Soul of Brooklyn Closing Party

Join us for #AFRODIESEL the closing party of MoCADA's Soul of Brooklyn Festival on August 25th.

Join us on August 25th at 6pm for a night where Afrobeat meets Brooklyn Hip-Hop at #AFRODIESEL, the closing party of the 7th Annual Soul of Brooklyn Festival, at Lovers Rock in Brooklyn. Entertainment will be provided by.n—u.


The festival, which runs from August 20th-25th, is a borough-wide celebration of the diverse arts and cultures of Brooklyn’s African Diaspora and features a weeklong series of events that support partnerships between local arts organizations and Black businesses.

This Saturday Fort Greene Park will be transformed into the Soul of Brooklyn featuring vendors, live music, art making for all ages, and more! Musical performances by Haitian duo Bohio Music and Afrobeat band Chop & Quench from Fela! The Musical.

RSVP for #AFRODIESEL here 

Here's the complete Soul of Brooklyn Line Up:

8/20  Launch Day

8/21  AfroCROWD Wikipedia Editing Workshop

8/22  Dreams are Colder than Death

8/23  Black is the New Black

8/24  MoCADA Market featuring BRAIDS by Shani Crowe

8/25  #AFRODIESEL Closing Party

For a full description of all the events check out MoCADA’s site here

 

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

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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