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Here's What You Missed at OkayAfrica's 'Mzansi Heat & Naija Beats' at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

A photo recap of our special night of Naija and Mzansi magic featuring Yemi Alade, DJ Tunez and DJ Maphorisa.

OkayAfrica turned Lincoln Center Out of Doors into the ultimate African party full of top-notch talent coming from the continent and its diaspora Thursday evening with Mzansi Heat and Naija Beats, hosted by Young Prince and Shernita.

In OkayAfrica's third year of partnering with the free concert series, Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park was jam packed with over 5,000 people in anticipation to see Nigerian star Yemi Alade, South Africa's DJ Maphorisa and Afrobeats' DJ Tunez in action—and they didn't disappoint.


Tunez warmed up the crowd with a diverse set, debuting the Sounds of Brotherhood—a music group from Brooklyn's Eagle Academy for Young Men at Ocean Hill—where they hyped the crowd with a medley including jams from Bell Biv Devoe to Bruno Mars. Dotman also graced the stage, performing his hit "Akube," as well as percussion from Frankie Malloy, killer dance moves from Nestreya and Judith McCarty, who was accompanied by her dance crew.

DJ Maphorisa followed, doing what he does best—vibing the crowd and getting more of them out of their seats to dance to the latest in South African house.

Yemi Alade, the headliner extraordinaire, graced the end of the concert with a class act of a performance, despite torrential rain unfortunately cutting her show short. Weaving in the hits that spread all over the world like "Ferrari" and "Knack Am" to her newer tunes like "How I Feel," Yemi shows what high-energy performing with perfect vocals truly looks like. Not to mention, her dancers and backing band performed seamlessly as well. New York City needs to see more of what she's got, so we're looking forward to her returning soon.

OkayAfrica would like to express much gratitude and thanks to Jill Sternheimer, director of public programming for Lincoln Center, Yemi Alade, DJ Maphorisa and DJ Tunez for an awesome night the city will never forget. Another special thanks to YouTube and First Tube Media for heading the livestreaming production of the show, as well as Beats by Dr. Dre. You can still catch it in full here.

You can catch Mzansi Heat & Naija Beats it in full here.

Take a look at images of the show, with some behind-the-scenes shots, by Oluwaseye Olusa below.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

Photo by Oluwaseye Olusa.

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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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Watch Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim's  TED Talk on How Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Fight Climate Change

The Chadian activist—and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020—says traditional knowledge, as practiced in her native Mbororo community, is one of the keys to combatting climate change.

In a new TED Talk, climate activist, geographer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, discusses the role that indigenous knowledge can play in combatting climate change.

During the 13-minute talk, Ibrahim emphasizes how the exploration and acceptance of various knowledge systems–including those that fall outside of the scope of typical scientific research–can add to our understanding of ways to protect the environment. "I think, if we put together all the knowledge systems that we have -- science, technology, traditional knowledge -- we can give the best of us to protect our peoples, to protect our planet, to restore the ecosystem that we are losing," says Ibrahim.

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South Africans Condemn Police Brutality During National Lockdown

A number of videos have emerged on social media allegedly showing the intimidation and assault of several Black South Africans by law enforcement.

South Africa recently began a nationwide lockdown in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been deployed across the nation to aid the police in ensuring that the rules of the lockdown are upheld. However, disturbing footage has emerged on social media allegedly depicting law enforcement agents assaulting Black South Africans.

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