NYC: 'Daughters of Makeba' this Thursday at the Nuyorican Cafe

Our good friends at AfriPOP! are hosting "Daughters of Makeba" at the famous Nuyorican Cafe on the Lower East Side this Thursday night. The event is to honor the rich musical legacy left behind by Miriam Makeba. It is a celebration of the voices of African women, and women in the diaspora through song, dance, and poetry.

Some of the performers include: Yolanda Zama, Masauko Chipembere, Nomsa Mazwai (pictured in pink), Valerie June, and Samantha Thornhill.

Tickets are $10 but we're giving away 2 free tickets to the first 3 people to tweet @Okayafrica the 1959 film that introduced Miriam Makeba to the world!



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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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