Okayafrica Presents Electrafrique Bamako With DJ Cortega & DJ Momo Mac!

Okayafrica is teaming up with Carrefour Créatif for a new edition of our Electrafrique party in Mali.

Flyer artwork by Meliyart Graphik

Okayafrica is teaming up with newcomer Carrefour Créatif’s Mali-based production team for a new edition of Electrafrique at Bamako’s Espace Culturel Exodus on March 19, from 10pm till the last dancer leaves the floor.

Our fam DJ Cortega will be joining forces with Bamako’s very own DJ Momo Mac on the decks. Originally from Togo, Momo will be linking his favorite coupé décalé and afrobeat tunes to Cortega’s afro-house and kuduro heat, delivering ground-shaking beats to the night. On top of that, Djeli Madou’s tamani (talking drum) band will be bringing the soul and energy of traditional rhythms to the party.

3000 CFA gets you through the door (Hippodrome) with a free drink waiting on the other side.

If you’ll be there, Instagram a photo of the party tagging @okayafrica and be sure to keep up with our friends from @carrefourcreatif who'll be live Instagramming the event.

For more info, visit the event’s Facebook page.


7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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