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Go Inside Electrafrique Dakar With DJ Cortega & DJ Moma

DJ Cortega and DJ Moma take us inside Okayafrica's Electrafrique weekend in Dakar.


Okayafrica touched down in Senegal last month and teamed up with the Dakar-based art center/collective Les Petites Pierres and the Sisi La Famille crew for a special two-day Dakar edition of Electrafriqe.

Our weekend kicked off at Cunimb, a former concert hall belonging to the Senegalese Air Force and a regular spot back in the day for legendary bands such as Orchestra Baobab. Inside the venue, Everyday People‘s DJ Moma, all the way from New York City, and Okayafrica fam and Electrafrique founder DJ Cortega, freshly relocated to Dakar, led a high-energy dance party that also featured sets by the Dakar-based DJ Psyle and Fat Baker. Outside, Siaka Soppo Traoré operated an interactive photo studio (more on that on the next page).

Sunday, Everyday Afrique made its Dakar debut with a brunch at Les Petites Pierres.

Go inside Electrafrique Dakar with DJ Cortega and DJ Moma in a new video directed by Loic Hoquet. Follow our friends from @DakarLives for more photos from the weekend.

Update 2/26: Listen to Cortega's full Okayafrica Electrafrique Dakar mix below. Head here for the full tracklisting, featuring Dex Kwasi, Joey B, Boddhi Satva, DJ Satelite and more.

Photos by Siaka Traoré, Jean-Baptiste Joire and Bizenga Da Silvio (@bizengabiz) for @DakarLives.

Continue to page 2 for Siaka Soppo Traoré's interactive studio photographing Dakar's new generation of artists. 

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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