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Okayafrica Presents Electrafrique NYC With mOma, BBRAVE, Cortega, & DJ Underdog!

Okayafrica Presents Electrafrique NYC Saturday, Feb 8th, with mOma, BBRAVE, Cortega & DJ Underdog at the 303 at Louie and Chan (303 Broome Street, NYC).


Last month Okayafrica and Electrafrique joined forces to introduce New York's new monthly dance party dedicated to African music lovers. Electrafrique NYC returns this Saturday, February 8th, with special guests mOma and BBRAVE, along with resident DJs Cortega and Underdog! The party is hosted in one of New York’s newest clubs: The303 at Louie And Chan, a little gem with an intimate feel, a wooden dancefloor and a state-of-the-art sound system, right in the heart of the Lower East Side. Scroll on for more details and get yourself warmed up with Cortega's Electrafrique Nairobi Mix!

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DJ LINEUP:

DJ mOma is a force around New York. A Queens resident, mOma is the embodiment of the versatile deejay. His sets consist of an agile blend of funk, soul, R&B, disco, house, hip-hop, reggae, and underground dance grooves.

BBRAVE has been pushing dope music one release at a time through his Akwaaba Music label. That's actually how we first heard about the one and only Djeff Afrozila, with his "Elegom Bounsa" single. Based in Accra, BBRAVE is set to rock that blazing West African heat when he hits the decks.

DJ Cortega, the driving force behind Electrafrique, is currently based in Nairobi, where this event has seen massive growth, hosting the likes of Black Motion (South Africa), Boddhi Satva Official (CAR), Carlos Mena (US), or Renato Xtrova (Angola) for the first time in Kenya.

DJ Underdog, who has been been one of the main Apostles of the Afro-futuristic sound in Washington, DC, and of course resident behind the decks at #OKAYAFRICADC. His "Afrobeat For Your Soul" monthly acquired legendary status, mostly thanks to his electrifying sets.

10PM-4AM

DOOR $10

FREE BEFORE 11PM

+1 310-990-9965

The 303 AT LOUIE & CHAN

303 BROOME STREET, NYC

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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