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Young Fathers To Headline Malawi's Lake Of Stars Festival

Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers are set to headline the 2015 Lake Of Stars festival in Mangochi, Malawi.


Young Fathers Red Bull Corner To Corner in Soweto (Photo: Sims Phakisi)

After heading out on their first ever South African tour last month, 2014 Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers are now set to return to the Continent in September for Lake Of Stars in Malawi. The three-day, three-stage festival, which began in 2003, is set to go down September 25-27 at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi. We're still waiting for a full lineup, but so far other confirmed artists include Naija's Ric Hassani ("Dance Dance Baby Dance"), and Malawi's Gwamba, Danny Kalima, and George Kalukusha.

Artists interested in performing at this year's festival can apply by downloading an application form here and sending it to talent@lakeofstars.org by April 24th.

Tickets for those located on the continent are available for purchase here, and for the rest of the world here. Keep up with the festival on Twitter and Facebook, and stay tuned for more on YF soon. The group's sophomore album, White Men Are Black Men Too, is due out April 7 on Big Dada. For more, listen to their most recent singles "Shame" and "Rain Or Shine," and watch them catch up with Okayafrica TV down in Austin, Texas, for SXSW 2014 below.

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The 10 Best African Music Festivals

Here are ten of the best music festivals to experience across the African continent, including both established stages and newer productions.

African music, in all its genres and forms, has one of the largest congregations in the world, with millions of people both on the continent and in the diaspora celebrating their love and connection to their culture through sound. Despite the rapid digitization of our music consumption through the internet and streaming services, nothing will ever beat the experience of live music.

Music festivals have become a great inlet into the arts and cultures of the societies that host them, while offering great potential to local economies and countless business opportunities for African artists to grown their brands. Yet this pivotal part of the music experience on the continent is never really prioritized, despite the vast number of festival with diverse genres available all year round, all over Africa.

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Therefore, in no particular order, here are ten African music festivals to bookmark.

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Censored For Supporting Palestinian Rights, 'Young Fathers' Now Invited Back to German Music Festival

The band was disinvited from the Ruhrtriennale festival after refusing to distance themselves from the "boycott, divestment and sanctions" movement, or BDS.

Last week in a vague and mealy mouthed statement, the Ruhrtriennale festival's Artistic Director Stefanie Carp announced that they would be canceling Young Father's concert because of the Scottish group's refusal to distance themselves from "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions," or BDS—a movement that advocates for the human rights of Palestinians.

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"If we aren't talking about growth, positivity and good energy in the opportunities that we have, then we're wasting our opportunities" Walshy Fire says. "It's about helping move the culture forward - which is what I want to do". The artist, born Leighton Paul Walsh, recently released his Afrobeats and dancehall-fusing debut solo album, ABENG, after achieving global success as one third of supergroup Major Lazer and producing standout hits such as Koffee's "Toast".

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The 20 Best South African Songs of 2019

Featuring DJ Zinhle, Tellaman, Sun-El Musician, Flame, Kabza De Small, The Big Hash, MFR Souls, Spaza, and many more

This year saw the rise of the new house music subgenre amapiano in South Africa. Artists like Kabza De Small, MFR Souls and others became household names after years of serving a niche fanbase.

While Amapiano is everywhere, it doesn't mean other genres aren't prospering in the country. From the conventional house of DJ Zinhle, the sung raps of Flame and The Big Hash, and the improvisational jazz of Spaza, among other exciting acts, South African artists ensured 2019 was yet another memorable year.

OkayAfrica contributors Mayuyuka Kaunda and Sabelo Mkhabela pick 20 songs they feel were the best this year.

Read our selections below. This list is in no particular order.

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