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'DC Afrobeat Arts Festival: Fela!' With Rich Medina & DJ Underdog

Okayafrica's DJ Underdog presents 'DC Afrobeat Arts Festival: Fela!,' an all-night music/arts/dance celebration of Fela Kuti's 76th birthday.


In honor of the late, great afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Okayafrica's go-to spinner DJ Underdog is presenting DC Afrobeat Arts Festival: Fela!, a one-night celebration featuring veteran selector and Jump N Funk founder Rich Medina. The all night-event will take place on Fela's birthday, October 15th, at Liv Nightclub in the nation's capital. It'll be hosted by jazz singer/composer Akua Allrich and will also feature DC-based acts such as afro-jazz band Eme & Heteru, percussion orchestra Farafina Kan, Jahsonic, and more to be announced.  Check below for all the additional info.

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DC Afrobeat Arts Festival: Fela!

Featuring Rich Medina, DJ Underdog, Eme & Heteru, Farafina Kan, Jahsonic + more TBA.

@Liv Nightclub (2001 11th St NW)

7:30 PM - 2:00 AM

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