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OkayAfrica Presents Electrafrique Dakar With DJ Moma, Sabine Blaizin & DJ Cortega!

Electrafrique Dakar returns on January 20 with DJ Moma, Sabine Blaizin and Cortega.

Welcome to 2017, folks! To celebrate the new year, OkayAfrica Electrafrique is back at our new Senegalese home, the gardens of the Maison de la Culture Douta Seck, a green heaven of creativity in the heart of the Medina, aka Dakar's old city.


For this episode, co-produced with Kaani and Jokkolabs, our resident DJ Cortega welcomes two Brooklyn-based family members in Sabine Blaizin and DJ Moma, who have already made their mark on the Dakar scene.

Back in November of 2013, Sabine came through as part of Boddhi Satva's Offering Got Soul Weekender, which also drew afro-house heavyweights Zepherin Saint (London) and Jojo Flores (Canada) to Dakar. Moma was here last year at the same period with us bringing fire to the dance floors at both the Cunimb and Les Petites Pierres.

Meet the DJs

Sabine Blaizin comes from Haiti, and her work focuses on African Diasporic music. Brooklyn Mecca and Oyasound are a few of her creative projects. Her Oyasound EP is currently in the works. Sabine worked for Ocha Records label as a Brand Marketing Director/Producer and Bembe NYC Party resident DJ

DJ Moma comes from Sudan. He is the driving force behind the hugely successful Everyday People parties, as well as the Everyday Afrique shows held jointly with Okayafrica Electrafrique, and Everyday People. Moma's style is highly versatile that will take you to every corner of the dance world, from Africa to Jamaica with a strong New York influence.

DJ Cortega is originally from Switzerland, and has been bringing heat to dancefloors across the Continent since he moved to Nairobi 6 years ago. Last year, he took the Electrafrique party West and moved to Dakar, Senegal, where he now resides and keeps pushing pan-African music by all means necessary.

Doors at 10pm. Entrance is free until 11pm and 3000 FCFA thereafter.

More details and RSVP at the Facebook event. Artwork by @kernubia.

News Brief

Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."

Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

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