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Electrafrique Returns to Dakar With Boddhi Satva

Our Electrafrique party returns to Dakar with a bang with none other than the godfather of Ancestral Soul, Boddhi Satva.

OkayAfrica Electrafrique comes back to Dakar with a bang for its ninth Senegalese edition with none other than the godfather of Ancestral Soul, Central African Republic's Boddhi Satva.


Boddhi has been one of the most original and prolific producers on the afro-house scene over the last decade. His early collaborations with house music legend Louie Vega, who was nominated this year for Best Dance Album at the Grammys, sparked his strong international take-off.

Since then, Boddhi never ceased to climb up, elevating the genre to higher levels of musicality and authenticity by working with musicians from diverse musical traditions across the African continent. From Senegal to Kenya, Mali, Angola, Nigeria, Congo or South Africa, Boddhi's collaborations have cut across all of Africa.

He's worked with superstars such as Davido, Arafat, Kaysha and Oumou Sangare and emerging talents alike. Check out some of his recent videos below.

This time, we're hosting Electrafrique right by the ocean at the lovely Ngor Yaatouna bar on the Corniche des Almadies. Resident DJ Cortega will be holding it down with Psyle, to add a healthy does of Dakar chili heat to the sauce! The event is co-produced with our fam at Kaani and supported by Vibe Radio Senegal, pushing new sound through the country's airwaves. Get ready to get down and dance because this won't be no posing business!

Get warmed up for the night with this new mix from DJ Cortega and see all additional info in the flyer below.

News Brief

Akon Confirms Agreement For His New City In Senegal, 'Akon City'

It's official, Akon is developing a new city in Senegal.

Akon is developing his own city in Senegal.

The musician and entrepreneur confirmed the signing of the agreement for Akon City earlier this week in an Instagram post. "Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future," he wrote.

Akon had previously talked about his plans to launch a "Crypto City" in Senegal which would run on his own cyptocurrency, AKoin.

He's also been working on initiatives like the Lighting Africa Project, which aims to bring electricity to homes in West Africa through solar power.

Akon explained his plans in more detail last year in an interview with Nick Cannon: ""It's all renewable, the Akon-tainment solar city," he mentions. "It's a 10-year building block so we're doing it in stages. We started construction in March and stage two is going to be 2025."

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Watch Marieme & Melanie Faye's Beautiful Acoustic Video For 'Be The Change'

A vibrant, stripped-down new video for the highlight track from her Marieme EP.

Senegalese singer-songwriter Marieme has been revisiting songs from her self-titled EP for a new visual project.

"Be The Change," one of the standouts from that Marieme EP, is an uplifting composition about holding ourselves accountable for our actions. The Senegalese artist is now sharing a new and alluring acoustic video version of that song accompanied by Melanie Faye, which we're premiering here today.

"'Be The Change' is a song I wrote with Danny Burke that was a part of my debut EP," Marieme tells OkayAfrica, "This song is very special to me because I know it gives people hope. I am guilty of saying I'm going to do something and never do it, even if it's beneficial to humanity. We all need reminders to do better, and be held accountable to our words and intentions. It has become a sort of anthem and call to action for some and I'm grateful for that, because it means people are listening and are ready."

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Three Protesters Killed During Anti-Government Demonstrations in The Gambia

These are the first deaths to be reported since the protests against President Adama Barrow began.

Ongoing anti-government protests in The Gambia have turned deadly. Aljazeera reports that this past Sunday, three protesters were killed while protesting for President Adama Barrow to resign. These are the first reported deaths since the protests began a few months ago.

Several other protesters were injured after the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the massive crowds.

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John Legend (seated at piano) and DJ Khaled perform onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Grammys 2020: Performers Pay Tribute to Nipsey Hussle In Traditional Eritrean Attire

During a Grammy tribute, featuring John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Meek Mill and more, a group of dancers paid homage to the late rapper's Eritrean heritage, by sporting traditional garb.

The 2020 Grammys have been one of great reflection, as various artists and public figures that we've lost recently have received tributes.

One of the artists commemorated tonight was the late Eritrean-American rapper, Nipsey Hussle who was killed in March of last year in his hometown of Los Angeles. His tribute featured performances from artists like John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin, as well as fellow LA rappers YG and Roddy Rich.

The tribute opened with a heartfelt performance from Meek Mill. Later, during a rendition of their collaboration "Higher," DJ Khaled and John Legend brought out a group of dancers dressed in traditional zurias and other Eritrean attire—a tribute to the late rapper's unique heritage. "I'm half American and half Eritrean—as much as I am a black person from America, I am a black person from Africa too," Nipsey once said in an interview.

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