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'OkayAfrica Link Up: Nairobi' With Blinky Bill & Coco Em

We'll be touching down in the Kenyan capital for a night of vibes and music.

OkayAfrica will be hosting an intimate evening of music and drinks at Nairobi creative hub, The Alchemist, on December 13.

The event is FREE WITH RSVP.

OkayAfrica Link Up: Nairobi will feature DJ sets from Blinky Billwho recently dropped his widely-acclaimed new album Everyone's Just Winging It And Other Fly Talesand Coco Em, Nairobi's hardest hustling DJ.

Get ready to hear Blinky Bill's unique and addictive blend of hip-hop, beats and Kenyan influences, as well as Coco Em's East African house set.


OkayAfrica's Music Editor, Kam Tambini, will be hosting the night alongside Kenyan-based music critic, curator and contributor Camille Storm.

Come through Nairobi!

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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