Events

NYC: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars at The Bell House (Sat, 5/28)

Not only is the weather shaping up for Memorial Day Weekend, but so are the events. Saturday night, May 28th, the Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are performing live in Brooklyn at The Bell House. What better way to spend the weekend than dancing the night away to the infectious rhythms of infectious Sierra Leonean music? Luckily, OKA has 2 pairs of tickets to give away for FREE - just CLICK HERE to enter the contest!  The event begins at 8pm and tickets are $15 for those who might want to buy at the door. Check the video below to see what the All Stars have been up to.


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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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