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Okayafrica Presents Femi Kuti Live At Brooklyn Bowl [6/10 & 6/11]

Okayafrica is proud to present Femi Kuti on his return to New York City for two back-to-back dates at Brooklyn Bowl.


Okayafrica is very excited to present Femi Kuti's back-to-back shows at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11. Performing with his fiery band the Positive Force, the afrobeat torchbearer's New York City visit will showcase his re-imagination of the afrobeat sound, which strikes a balance between his father Fela Kuti’s socio-political outspokenness and Femi's own sublime sonic vision.

The concerts will be the second stop on a short North American tour which includes a run of dates in Connecticut, Boston and Washington D.C. Femi Kuti & The Positive Force's Brooklyn Bowl shows will be supported by Brooklyn-based afrobeat pupils Underground System on June 10 and experimental funk-fusionists EMEFE on June 11. Revisit Femi Kuti's video for "The World Is Changing" off No Place For My Dream, enter our contest to win a pair of tickets (winners have been contacted) and grab your own at the links below!

>>>Buy Tickets To Femi Kuti & The Positive Force w/ Underground System [6/10]

>>> Buy Tickets To Femi Kuti & The Positive Force w/ EMEFE [6/11]

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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