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Okayafrica Presents: 'Millennial Factivism' Conversation At The UN

On 9/23 Okayafrica, ONE, Transparency International, + the United Nations Millennium Challenge present an interactive conversation on millennial factivism.

Tune in for livestreaming from the UN beginning at 5:30 PM EST, Monday, September 23rd.


On Monday, September 23, Okayafrica joins ONE, Transparency International, and the United Nations Millennium Challenge in presenting an interactive conversation on people-powered, technology-facilitated activism (termed factivism by our friends at ONE). The discussion takes place as a part of a series of events associated with next week's 68th session of the UN General Assembly. Al Jazeera journalist Femi Oke will moderate a panel of activists from around Africa and the diaspora that includes Gbenga Akinnagbe, Juan Elias Chebly, Boniface Mwangi, Tarik Nesh-Nash, Japheth Omojuwa, Taiye Selasi, and Bright Simons. We'll be chatting with panelists in the days leading up to the event. Check out the event details below and stay tuned for interviews throughout the week. For more from the ONE Campaign catch up on their agit8 protest song project featuring live videos of Spoek Mathambo, the Brother Moves On, and Freshlyground.

Millennial Factivism: People-Powered, Technology-Facilitated Activism

Date: Monday, September 23rd 5:30-7:00pm

Location: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2

RSVP by TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17 // caitlyn.mitchell@one.org

Interview
Photo: Mariela Alvarez.

Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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