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Okayafrica's Guide To Festival Season 2014

Okayafrica's Guide to Festival Season 2014 features details on what lineups include our favorite artists, including Laura Mvula, Bombino + more.


Welcome to Okayafrica's database for festival season 2014– our one stop spot for details on what festivals our favorite artists are playing in these post-SXSW months. This year Tuareg psychedelic rocker-king Bombino continues to stay on his touring grind (in 2013 he was part of Bonnaroo's epic North African afternoon along with Fatoumata Diawara and Amadou & Mariam). Laura Mvula also features prominently on this year's onslaught of lineups. And so without further adieu, take a look at our full guide to the year in festivals below. We'll be updating the list as more lineups are announced.

South By Southwest

Date: March 11-16

Location: Austin, Texas

Afrikan Boy, A K U A, Christian Tiger School, Tinariwen, Petite Noir, Young Fathers, Fat Tony, Moses Sumney, The GTW, Quantic

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Date: March 28-29

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

AKA and Da.L.E.S, Reason, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Bokani Dyer & Kyle Shepherd, Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, The Muffinz, Mi Casa + more

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Coachella

Dates: April 11-13 (Weekend 1); April 18-20 (Weekend 2)

Location: Indio Valley, California

Bombino, Laura Mvula

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Jazz Fest

Dates: April 25 - May 4

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Laura Mvula (April 25th), Bombino (April 27th)

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Bonnaroo

Date: June 12-15

Location: Manchester, Tennessee

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Die Antwoord,

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Glastonbury

Date: June 27-29

Location: Pilton, UK

Tinariwen, Metronomy, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate

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Roskilde

Date: June 29 - July 6

Location: Roskilde, Denmark

Jupiter and Okwess International, King Ayisoba Band, Mark Ernestus presents Jeri Jeri

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WOMAD Festival

Date: July 24-27

Location: Wiltshire, England, UK

Ibibio Sound Machine, Mulatu Atatske, Fatoumata Diawara

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Lollapalooza

Date: August 1-3

Location: Chicago, Illinois

TBA

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Oppikoppi

Date: August 7-9

Location: Limpopo, South Africa

TBA

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Outside Lands

Date: August 8-10

Location: San Francisco, California

TBA

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Sziget Festival

Date: August 11-18

Location: Budapest

Michael Kiwanuka, Stromae (more names to be announced)

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Dimensions

Date: August 27-31

Location: Croatia

Kwabs, Mo Kolours, Gilles Peterson, Andrew Ashong, Awesome Tapes from Africa

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Electric Picnic

Date: August 29-31

Location: Laois, Ireland

Laura Mvula, John Wizards, Metronomy

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Bestival 2014

Date: September 4-7

Location: UK (Isle of Wright)

Laura Mvula

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Rocking The Daisies

Date: October 2-5

Location: Cloof Wine Estate, Darling, South Africa

TBA

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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