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Win Tickets To globalFEST 2015 In NYC With Just A Band, Zap Mama + More [1/11]

On January 11 at Webster Hall, Okayafrica and globalFEST will present 'globalFEST 2015,' a concert featuring 12 artists from around the world.


This January, we'll be heading to Webster Hall to help present globalFEST 2015, a concert featuring 12 groundbreaking artists from around the world. With a roster that includes Kenyan pop group Just A BandZap Mama, The Nile Project, Moroccan/Israeli singer Emil Zrihan, and Brazilian afrobeat orchestra Bixiga70, the show will boast a deep palette of different sounds on three stages (some of the acts will be performing in America for the first time). In anticipation, we'll be giving away two pairs of tickets to globalFEST, enter below for a chance to win! For more information about the concert see the full flyer below and head to globalFest's website

>>>Grab tickets to globalFEST

>>>The contest is now closed. Winners have been announced, thanks for entering! 

Interview
Photo: Nick Beeba

Interview: Sango's ‘Da Rocinha 4’ Is a Polished & Grinding Take On Baile Funk

We speak with the Seattle-based DJ and producer about his new album and the music bridges connecting Brazil, the US and the world.

It's a common joke in Brazil: once three or more Brazilian people gather together, they will start a WhatsApp group. The producer and DJ Kai Wright, who goes by the alias Sango, is well aware of that. While he is giving this interview through a Zoom call, a sound notification pops from his computer. "Do you hear that?" he says, amidst laughs. "It's WhatsApp, this album was made through WhatsApp groups."

Once and for all, Sango is not Brazilian. "I am an ambassador for that sound, but I am a Black American," he says. "That sound" is baile funk, the most prominent Brazilian electronic and popular music of the past decades. Born in Michigan and based in Seattle, Sango became a beacon for a new strain of baile funk around 2012, when he released the album Da Rocinha—a suite that he revisits in his new release, Da Rocinha 4.

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