Events

NYC: Dutty Artz Throwing Down @ Glasslands [8/17]

Stream and download DJ Rupture's Change the Mood mix via the Fader as well as info on CHANGE THE MOOD! event at Glasslands 8/17/12.

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Dutty Artz parties are no joke - The DJ line-up is always reason enough just to show up, add in the visual art and you've got yourself a fine rager. We're beside ourselves with happiness that they're back at it this Friday, Aug 17th with CHANGE THE MOOD! at Glasslands in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A portion of proceeds & silent auction will support the Beyond the Block Sunset Park initiative. Beyond The Block combines the best of block party vibes with an overt commitment to support community-based social justice initiatives in New York City. Read more about the event here. and RSVP on Facebook here.

Update: Stream/download DJ/Rupture's Change The Mood mix via Fader.

 

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''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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