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Everyday Africa On Display In Brooklyn

Everyday Africa is on display at NYC's Photoville at Brooklyn Bridge Park from September 18th-28th.

Photos by Allison Swank


A few months back we took a closer look at ten of our favorite Instagram accounts documenting life throughout Africa and the diaspora. Included in our list was Everyday Africa and its Caribbean offshoot Everyday Jamaica. Founded in 2012 by photographer Peter DiCampo and writer Austin Merrill (both of whom had been based in West Africa), Everyday Africa is an instagrammed collection of cellphone photography shot across the continent by a team of on-the-ground contributors. The project has since expanded to include a whole host of other Everyday accounts, including @everydayasia, @everydayeasterneurope, @everydayegypt, @everydayiran, @everydayjamaica, @everydaylatinamerica, @everydaymiddleeast, and @everydayusa.

Instagram has curated a handful of photos from the combined Everyday accounts and they're now on display at NYC's Photoville, a free and outdoor photo destination taking place at Brooklyn Bridge Park from September 18th-28th. The exhibition marks the first time photos from the various Everyday accounts have come together to show in one space (in this case that space consists of a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers). Find out the details on Everyday Africa on display in Brooklyn here. For more of our favorite IG accounts read Okayafrica's Instagramming The Diaspora.

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Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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