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Just A Band's Winter Journey To New York City

Kenyan electronic pop band Just A Band document their trip to New York City in a self-shot video that follows them from Dubai to Webster Hall

Kenyan electronic pop outfit Just A Band made their way to New York City earlier this winter to for a packed-out globalFEST showcase at Webster Hall. Ahead of their flight over, we asked group members Blinky Bill Selanga, Dan Muli, Mbithi Masya, Sedar, Joe Were and Richard Wandati to document their travels and time in the city for Okayafrica.


"New York City and globalFEST was a dope experience," the band writes in an e-mail, "It was ridiculously cold but we felt the love in spite of the cold weather. It wasn't our first time performing in New York. The Big Apple always embraces us and we're grateful for it. The audience at globalFEST was super. They jumped right in, sang along and danced with us. It was a very memorable experience."

The band sent over pictures and a self-shot, self-edited video of their trip here. The handheld clip kicks off with Just A Band in Dubai, then follows the group on their flight and as they land in a frozen New York City, where they trek from Harlem's 125th Street to the studio with Comissioner Gordon and their soundcheck at Webster Hall. Watch Just A Band's journey to New York City video below and scroll through pictures from their trip above. Just A Band's third studio album Sorry For The Delay is available on iTunes.

>>>For more read Just A Band's City Guide to their hometown of Nairobi

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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