Events

#OKAYAFRICADC 1 Year Anniversary Party

#OKAYAFRICADC celebrates its 1 year anniversary on December 18th at Tropicalia with DJs Underdog and Jahsonic.


It's been a full year of #OKAYAFRICADC and the vibes have been the truth! From all parts of the diaspora, the monthly series has been DC's most consistent African party, delivering Kwaito, Hiplife, Kuduro, South African House, Zouk, Soukous, Coupe Decale and, of course, Azonto, to a hungry city. Since its inception, there’s been a deep demand to keep it going– and so, in the name of promoting the latest music and culture coming from the diaspora, #OKAYAFRICADC continues its wave of mind-wide, foot friendly parties in the nation’s capital. On Wednesday, December 18th, DJs Underdog and Jahsonic will grace the decks at Tropicalia– no pretentiousness, no commercial radio nonsense, and no drama. Bring a towel and dancing shoes and join the event on facebook!

#OKAYAFRICADC 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Wed. Dec. 18th // Doors open at 10PM

Featuring a performance by: Farafina Kan drum collective

DJ Sets By: DJ UNDERDOG // DJ JAHSONIC

TROPICALIA // 2001 14TH ST WASHINGTON DC

Interview

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Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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