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Okayafrica & Everyday People Present EVERYDAY AFRIQUE With a Live Performance From AKA This 4th of July

We’re linking up once again with our friends at Everyday People for an Independence Day installment of our EVERYDAY AFRIQUE rooftop party.

We’re linking up once again with our friends at Everyday People for an Independence Day installment of our EVERYDAY AFRIQUE rooftop party.


Join us at Brooklyn’s Output this 4th of July as we’ll be hosting a very special live performance from AKA, the South African rapper poised to take over the world.

He’ll be joined by the usual suspects: Everyday People’s DJ Moma and DJ Rich Knight, Electrafrique’s own DJ Underdog, and NYC-based DJ/producer Kashaka.

Buy tickets here to the EVERYDAY AFRIQUE party with AKA this 4th of July at Output.

Join the Facebook event here.

Check out a drone video (below) and our photo gallery from May's EVERYDAY AFRIQUE to see what you missed. Don't miss out again!

21+ / Doors at 3PM / $20 at the door/$15 advance tickets

 

Flyer by Underdog.

Flyer by Underdog.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

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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