Events

Okayafrica Presents Electrafrique NYC With Sinkane!

Okayafrica presents Electrafrique NYC with Sinkane, Saturday, August 9th!


Okayafrica Presents Electrafrique NYC returns in August with Sinkane! The Sudanese multi-instrumentalist (aka Ahmed Gallab) has been keeping busy this year as bandleader of the phenomenal William Onyeabor live Atomic Bomb! tribute band plus gearing up for the release of his sophomore effort Mean Love. Next Saturday, August 9th, Sinkane joins #OKAYAFRICADC mastermind / Electrafrique resident DJ Underdog on the 1s and 2s plus host DJ Cortega for the latest edition of our monthly dance party held at the 303 at Louie & Chan, one of New York’s newest and most intimate clubs located in the heart of the Lower East Side. For more from Sinkane check out his recent singles "Hold Tight" and "How We Be" and download the second Africa In Your Earbuds in OKA history assembled by Sinkane himself all the way back in 2011.

>>>RSVP FOR FREE ENTRY TO ELECTRAFRIQUE BEFORE 11PM

ELECTRAFRIQUE NYC WITH SINKANE!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9TH

10PM-4AM

DOOR $10

FREE BEFORE 11PM WITH RSVP

THE 303 AT LOUIE & CHAN

303 BROOME STREET, NYC

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Ayra Starr Is Ready to Take Off

We talk to the rising Nigerian star about growing up between Cotonou & Lagos, meeting Don Jazzy and how she made her explosive debut EP.