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Magic System Performs a FREE show at SummerStage in Central Park on Sunday, July 28!

The celebrated Ivorian quartet will be joined by Smarty, Selma Uamusse and DJ Birane.

The Afropop quartet Magic System have been known for their high-energy performances since their founding in 1996 in Ivory Coast. This Sunday, the celebrated group will bring their "magical" vibes to NYC for a very special show at SummerStage in Central Park.

The group will perform songs from their extensive discography, which includes early hits like " Momo" from their debut album Papitou (1997) and the classic "1er Gaou," a remix of which–from French DJ & producer Bob Sinclar—helped break the group in France and ultimately, throughout Europe. They would later crack Billboard's European Top 100 with their 2006 LP Cessa Kié la Vérité. Their 2014 hit single "Magic in the Air" became a signature song of FIFA's World Cup.

They'll be joined by Burkinabe rapper Smarty, whose hit-making lyrics focus on societal issues facing the continent, Mozambican singer Selma Uamusse—a rising star whose musical talents span several soundscapes, from various African rhythms to soul and gospel, as well as Ivory Coast's DJ Birane.

The show is FREE to attend. See below for more information on the upcoming show, and don't miss out on seeing the legendary group in one of NYC's most iconic parks.


In Association with OkayAfrica
Sunday, July 28, 2019
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Doors open 2:00 pm)
For more information, please visit: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/magic-system/
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Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images.

Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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