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This Is What Dakar's Electrafrique Party Looked Like

Photos from our Okayafrica Electrafrique party in Dakar with DJ Moma, Sabine Blaizin and DJ Cortega.

2017 started with a bang with Okayafrica Electrafrique’s return under the beautiful Dakar night skies.


For this episode, co-produced with Kaani and Jokkolabs, resident DJ Cortega welcomed two headliners for their highly-anticipated return to Dakar: DJ Moma repping for Sudan-via-NYC, and Sabine Blaizin, the Bed-Stuy-based Haitian high priestess of soul.

Each DJ offered a very personal take on contemporary dance music, which kept the crowd bouncing past 4AM, by which time the good people at Maison de la Culture Douta Seck had no choice but to pull the plugs.

With Cortega and Moma going back-to-back Everyday Afrique-style on opening and closing duties, Sabine took the peak of the night, bringing the diverse audience to another dimension with her Afro-Caribbean inspired ancestral soul. It’s like the whole event created an ephemeral, but profound, sense of happiness and community through dance and music.

Take a tour of the event with these snaps by Dasilvio Bizenga, a talented Angolan-Congolese photographer who’s been capturing the energy of the Dakar’s streets for several years. Live painting by graffiti artist Mad Zoo provided an edgy background for a mini-studio shoot, also by the man Bizenga.

There were lots of good vibes and lots of stylish folks, with peeps like the Dakar Lives fam, fashion designer Bull Doff, the artist PAPI and his crew, the Compagnie La Mer Noire dance collective, and photographer Antoine Tempe come by for the party, among many others.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Photography by Dasilvio Bizenga.

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''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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