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NYC: The OKAYSUMMER Pop-Up Party!


Okayplayer and Okayafrica present: The OKAYSUMMER Pop-Up Party!

+ A late-summer chance to get your DRINK + DANCE + SWIM on +

Set at the brand-new, tropical-infused, paradise-like, art oasis – an ode to the Boca Raton resorts of the 1940's - come swag out with us at The Palms this Saturday for a day and night of DJs, performances, swimming, theatrics, acts of fire, coconut cocktails, and lobster rolls.

{also: THE OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY FOR JUST A BAND's PHENOMENAL EXHIBIT "Kudishnyao!"}

There will be the infamous dumpster pools (yes, you can swim!). There will be a massive fire performance. There will be a vintage bathing suit fashion show. There will be strip bocce and bubble gun battles. There will be synchronized swim performers. There will be liquor, dance-floors, and thoughtful hedonism. There will be MUSIC.

{also: THE OFFICIAL "WELCOME BACK DRY EYE CREW" EXTRAVAGANZA}

Can you believe this ish? We can't.

Performances/DJ sets from:

+ Just A Band (Kenya)

+ Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew (Sierra Leone)

+ DJ Gravy (LargeUp / Rice and Peas)

+ MOMA

+ Jaleel Bunton (TV On The Radio)

+ Little Shalimar (Chin Chin / Reverend Vince / Big Mono)

+ Sinkane (Yeasayer)

+ Saarid (Throne of Blood)

This Saturday : Noon through 4am

$10 before 7pm : $20 after

Strictly 21+

*

The Palms

26-01 Jackson Ave.

@ the corner of 44th Dr.

Click here for a map

3 blocks from PS1

Steps from the 7, E, G, M, N, Q, R trains

...and a cheap cab ride from Manhattan.

 

Art
Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

Peintre Obou talks about how he came to be an artist, his fervour for the mask, and his uplifting project, 'Abobo E Zo'.

Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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