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Davido performs at 'OkayAfrica: Afrobeat x Afrobeats' at Lincoln Center, 2016. Photo: Oluwaseye Olusa.

Davido, Odie & Amara La Negra Will Be Performing At This Year's 'Made In America' Festival

Some of our favorites join the line-up for the 7th annual Made In America Festival and we're here for it.

The Made In America music festival is known for its diverse line-up of artists who dominate the genres of hip-hop, rock, pop, R&B, latin, electronic amongst other genres.

This year, Nigerian star Davido, Nigerian-Canadian artist, Odie, and Afro-Latina singer Amara La Negra will be gracing the stage, carrying with them the beats of West Africa and the Dominican Republic.

They will be performing among other popular artists such as Janelle Monáe, Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich The Kid, Miguel, Meek Mill, Diplo, and more.


Made in America was originally curated by Jay-Z. Formerly held in Los Angeles, the festival now takes place in Philadelphia.

Nigerian Artist Davido is no stranger across international waters. He has just been nominated for "Best International Act" at the 2018 BET Awards. Particularly, this year, he has also been booming with success from several popular collaborations with African and American artists alike such as, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick, Gemini and others.

Odie is no stranger either, He is a 21-year-old producer and singer who makes magical hip-hop and R&B based on his Nigerian roots.

See the full Made In America line-up below.

Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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