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Fela Kuti 'The Best Of The Black President 2' + FELA! Discount Tix!

Hear a track from afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's latest African music release.


The complete works of Fela Kuti will be seeing new light this coming Spring and Summer. The legendary afrobeat pioneer's expansive catalog is getting revamped once again in a three-part re-issue on Knitting Factory Records/Kalakuta Sunrise, complete with track-by-track liner notes by afrobeat historian and writer Chris May — no small feat for a discography spanning almost 50 albums.

This particular compilation, due out in March, will be the first of a series covering The Black President's lengthy career to be released in the UK and Europe between March and September 2013. The good folks at Knitting Factory Records have dropped one of the remastered tracks from the releases, "Everything Scatter," which you can check below. The Best Of The Black President 2 comes out on March 4 of this year. Also for the stans, make sure to catch the FELA! musical on its US tour which just kicked off in DC, see the full dates below and BUY TICKETS HERE.

GET 20% OFF FELA! TICKETS IN ATL AND PHILLY USING PROMO CODE "OKAY20"! GRAB YOURS NOW!

TOUR DATES

1/31 - 2/10: Sidney Harmon Hall - Washington, DC

2/12 - 2/17: Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts - Detroit, MI

2/19 - 2/23: Arie Crown Theater - Chicago, IL

2/25 - 2/26: Belk Theater at Blumental Performing Arts Center - Charlotte, NC

2/28 - 3/6: The Fox Theater - Atlanta, GA

3/8 - 3/9: Proctors Theater - Schenectady, NY

3/12 - 3/17: Merriam Theater - Philadelphia, PA

3/19 - 3/24: Adrienne Arsht Center - Miami, FL

4/2 - 4/4: Playhouse Square Palace Theater - Cleveland, OH

4/12 - 4/13: UA Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ

4/23 - 4/24: ASU Gammage Memorial Auditorium - Tempe, AZ

4/25 - 5/5: Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center - Los Angeles, CA

5/7 - 5/17: Winspear Opera House - Dallas, TX

5/28 - 6/2: Paramount Theater - Seattle, WA

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Juls, Busiswa, Davido, Nasty C, Olamide, Ethic, Bobi Wine and more

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.


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8 South African Albums & EPs to Stream While Staying Home

Let these South African releases from Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shabaka and the Ancestors, King Monada and others hold you down during lockdown.

This month saw a number of releases from South African artists. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken money away from a majority of artists, this could be the best time for listeners to go through the new music that was released.

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'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria speaks to Ismaïl on her groundbreaking film, her hopes for the filmmaking industry and the universality of stories.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

Stream the deluxe version of Stogie T's EP 'The Empire of Sheep' featuring Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and more.

Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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