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NYC's Best Dressed Celebrate Africa Day 2015 At Okayafrica & Everyday People's #EVERYDAYAFRIQUE

For Africa Day 2015, Okayafrica and Everyday People teamed up for the very first #EVERYDAYAFRIQUE rooftop party in Brooklyn.

Photos: Leon Williams (@leonwilliamsnyc) and Issac Campbell (@reallifesoup)


For Africa Day this year we teamed up with our friends Everyday People for the very first edition of #EVERYDAYAFRIQUE, an all-day party on the Output roof in Brooklyn that saw over 1,400 of NYC's best dressed turn up for sets from Okayafrica Electrafrique's own DJ Cortega and DJ Underdog joined by EP resident DJs Moma and Rich Knight. If you missed out, rest assured we haven't seen the last of #EVERYDAYAFRIQUE. In the meantime, NYC-based photographers Leon Williams (@leonwilliamsnyc) and Issac Campbell (@reallifesoup) were on hand to document the festivities.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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