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Antibalas, Pegasus Warning & Zongo Junction at Music Frees All Fest

Music Frees All Festival Featuring Antibalas, Pegasus Warning & Zongo Junction


The Music Frees All Festival is back celebrating its third year of groovemaking. Okayafrica favorites Antibalas, Pegasus Warning and Zongo Junction are all set to appear at this year's festival, which will take place July 19th-21st at Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bell House, and NY Hostelling International. The weekend will raise money for the Scotty Hard Trust to continue supporting legendary Brooklyn-based producer Scott Harding, who was paralyzed in a 2008 car accident.

Friday 7/19

6:30pm

Bowery Electric

327 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Chicha Libre - Mokaad - La Mecanica Popular - Smoota - BAM - Nikhil P Yerawadekar + Low Mentality - Peoples Champs - The Bailen Brothers

11pm

Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)

196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

EMEFE - Cuddle Magic

Saturday 7/20

7pm

The Bell House

149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Antibalas - The Stepkids - DJ Prince Paul - Pegasus Warning

Sunday 7/21

1pm

Hostelling International NY

891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

No Mirrors Orchestra (20-piece afro-rock exploration) - Zongo Junction - Xenia Rubinos - Super Hi-Fi - Karikatura - Gabriel Garzon-Montano - Nickel and Dime OPS - The EMEFE Horns

+ BBQ, Beer Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery, Live Art, Tap Dancing, Tabla Lessons, Circus Performers and more.

Buy your weekend festival pass here and RSVP to the facebook invite.

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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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'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria speaks to Ismaïl on her groundbreaking film, her hopes for the filmmaking industry and the universality of stories.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

Stream the deluxe version of Stogie T's EP 'The Empire of Sheep' featuring Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and more.

Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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