Events

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 Abena Boamah.

Photos: Here's What Happened at Daily Paper & Free the Youth's Design Talk for Accra's Young Creatives

Founders of the popular brands discussed all things African streetwear in a conversation facilitated by OkayAfrica and moderator Amarachi Nwosu.

Last week, Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand Daily Paper and Ghanaian streetwear label Free the Youth held a talk for young creatives at the Mhoseenu design studio in Accra, Ghana.

Moderated by Melanin Unscripted creator Amarachi Nwosu and presented in partnership with OkayAfrica, the design-based conversation explored everything from sustainable practices in manufacturing, to the overall evolution of streetwear globally. The founders of Free the Youth, which was been called Ghana's number one streetwear brand, expanded on how they've been able to build their audience, and shared details about their community-based initiatives.

They event, which took place at the Daily Paper Pop-up Store in Accra last Friday, drew a fashionable and creative-minded crowd ready to partake in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe.

Check out some of the action that took place at the Daily Paper x FYT event below, with photos by Abena Boamah.

Find more upcoming OkayAfrica events here.

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14 Cultural Events You Can't Miss this December in South Africa

OkayAfrica's guide to must-see events during South Africa's festive season.

South Africans will tell you that December is not just a month, it's an entire lifestyle. From beginning to end, it's about being immersed in a ton of activity with friends and family as well as any new folk you meet along the way. Whether you're looking to turn up to some good music or watch some provocative theater, our guide to just 14 cultural events happening in South Africa this December, has something for everyone.

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Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane Added to Rocking The Daisies 2020 Lineup

Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane will be performing in South Africa during this year's edition of Rocking The Daisies.

Rocking The Daisies is celebrating its 15th year of existence this year. The popular music and lifestyle festival recently announced they have added four new names on the bills—UK's Stormzy and Col3trane alongside US rapper YBN Cordae and the singer Ari Lennox.

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Photo: Sachyn Mital for The Town Hall.

This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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