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Okayafrica Electrafrique NYC With Captain Planet (Album Release!), Oscar P & Underdog

Okayafrica Electrafrique returns to NYC, Friday, October 17th, with Captain Planet (album release!), Oscar P, and DJ Underdog.


Okayafrica teamed up with Nairobi's Electrafrique this year to present New York City's new monthly dance party. Okayafrica Electrafrique returns to the 303 at Louie & Chan Friday, October 17th, (in collaboration with I'll House You and Bastard Jazz) for Captain Planet's album release party with DJs Oscar P and Underdog. Entry is FREE before 10pm with RSVP. Stream Captain Planet's new Africa In Your Earbuds tape below to get ready:

>>>RSVP For FREE Entry Before 10PM

DJ LINEUP:

Bicoastal ‘gumbo funk’ producer Captain Planet's sophomore album Esperanto Slang (out 10/7 via Bastard Jazz) is the follow-up to his outstanding Mystery Trip Vol. 1 mixtape from 2012. Esperanto Slang presents an eclectic collection of beats and dance-infused collaborations with artists from across the globe, including Sudanese songstress Alsarah, Antibalas‘ Chico Mann and several others. The diverse productions on the 11-track album blend a wide range of styles from “NY hip-hop, UK bass and Turkish psychedelic, to Nigerian afrobeat and Amazonian funk.” Listen to the summertime anthem “In The Gray” and the Brazilian samba funk "Tudo De Bom" off Esperanto Slang.

Oscar P is recognized as an innovator and force in New York's DJ scene. His musical style fuses influences from not only NYC, but also Chicago, Detroit and Johannesburg. He is the leading force behind Afro Rebel Music, which is Open Bar Music's spin-off label dedicated to South African deep house.

DJ Underdog is one of the apostles of Washington DC's Afro-futuristic scene, and of course resident behind the decks at our monthly #OKAYAFRICADC party. His “Afrobeat For Your Soul” monthly acquired legendary status. For more from Underdog download his excellent Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape.

Friday, October 17th

9pm-4am

Louie and Chan

303 Broome St., NYC

FREE w/ RSVP before 10pm

Door: $10

Electrafrique's DJ Cortega has put together an hourlong warmup mix, featuring new music from Boddhi Satva, Wunmi, Fantasma, DJ Spoko and more. Stream and download below.

DJ Cortega's ELECTRAFRIQUE OCTOBER 2014 Tracklist:

Wad Alnuba (Captain Planet Remix) - Alsarah & The Nubatones

Burnt Friedman Meets Zinja Hlungwani - Burnt Friedman

Cicada - Captain Planet

Minha Infancia - DJ Znobia

Makutu (Semba) - DJ Dias Rodrigues & Eddy Tussa, Kenny Buss

Arbé de Cadjau (Meistro Sol Power Rework) - Nhu De Ped'bia

Obame (Radio Mix) - Afrobuddh & Kakatsitsi Drummers

Woa Ka Wo Ho - Anas

Woman of Substance (Awuwan Itiaba) - Ibibio Sound System

Flawless (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul Remix) - Beyonce

Niani (Jose Marquez Mix) - Sassouma Kouyaté

Pula (Rain) - Spoek Mathambo

The Mountain (Remix) - Mujava, Spoko, Spoek Mathambo

Rudeness - DJ Clock & DJ Mlungu

More Pain - DJ Spoko

Sefty Belt - Fantasma ft. Josiahwise Is the Serpentwithfeet

Djinew Nakan (Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul Remix) - Issa Bagayogo

Mizobiya (Remix) - Dayto & DJ Ivan90 ft. Wes

African Salsa (Original Mix) - Black Motion

Lopeleketé - Os Banah ft. Maya Zuda

Fit Body (Jmage Mix) - Wunmi

Interview

Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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