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Femi Kuti, Common and Others Live at Central Park SummerStage! [Photos + Recap]

Okayafrica presented Femi Kuti, Sinkane, King Britt and surprise guest Common live at Central Park SummerStage

On a scorching hot Sunday afternoon, Okayafrica had the pleasure of presenting a knockout show at Central Park SummerStage with Femi Kuti & The Positive Foce, afro-indie darlings Sinkane and King Britt. Sinkane kicked the concert off with their intertwining guitar melodies as lead man Ahmed Gallab's soothing falsetto cooled the Central Park crowd. King Britt held it down on the 1's and 2's in between sets, showcasing his stellar mixing abilities and deep afro-futurist sound crates.


Femi Kuti & The Postive Force took the stage shortly after with his suave-to-death backing band dressed in matching patterns and a trio of queenlike backing dancers. Femi ran through classics as well as new joints from his upcoming No Place For My Dream album (out tomorrow!) and even took the time to preach sexology, cracking the celeb studded crowd up — we spotted actress Julia Stiles and FELA! alumn Sahr Ngaujah —  with mantras like: "Don't come too fast! Reverse back!" The highlight of the night, however, went down when surprise guest Common jumped onstage for a freestyle during Femi's cover of his father's "Water No Get Enemy." All in all, it was a great day for afrobeat. Check out some pictures above, all shot by Seher Sikandar.

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The African Union Condemns Violence Against #EndSARS Protesters in Nigeria

The African Union Commission chairperson has (finally) condemned the deadly violence against protesters calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. However, many feel the body's declaration is a little too late.

EWN reports that the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has "strongly condemned the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries." However, Mahamat's statement did not specifically denounce the actions of the security forces' actions. This past Tuesday, protesters calling for the disbandment of the infamous and an end to police brutality, were shot at by security forces at Lekki Toll Gate. The incident occurred shortly after an abrupt 24-hour curfew had been imposed by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the AU has called for all involved "political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law" and recommended that they "privilege dialogue".
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