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Okayafrica & Everyday People Present EVERYDAY AFRIQUE Rooftop Party This Labor Day

Okayafrica & Everyday People Present EVERYDAY AFRIQUE Rooftop party at Output this Labor Day Weekend

This Labor Day we’re teaming up with our friends at Everyday People to throw another epic EVERYDAY AFRIQUE rooftop party to close out the summer at Output in Brooklyn. If you’ve missed our parties in the past, be sure not to play yourself this Labor Day.


Join us on Monday September 5th as we turn up to tunes provided by Allan Kingdom, DJ Moma,  DJ Rich Knight, DJ Cortega, Electrafrique’s own DJ Underdog, and NYC-based DJ/producer Kashaka.

The indoor part of the venue (Panther Room and Output Club) will be accessible to partygoers so this event is *rain or shine*. The afterparty will also be hosted in the Panther Room from 10pm onwards. Tickets $10.

Buy tickets here to the EVERYDAY AFRIQUE rooftop party this Labor Day at Output.

Check out some of the photos from our last July 4th EVERYDAY AFRIQUE with AKA here.

Join the facebook event here.  

21+ / Doors open 2PM /$15 advance tickets / $20 at the door, ladies $10 before 5pm

 

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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 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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