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#OKAYAFRICADC Soca Vs. Afrobeat Special!

#OKAYAFRICADC hits this Wednesday, April 30th, with the very first Soca Vs. Afrobeat Special with DJs Underdog, Drew Cool, and Jahsonic.


DC’s number one diaspora dance party delivers the celebration this Wednesday, April 30th, with its first ever “Soca Vs. Afrobeat” special! Almost two years deep, #OKAYAFRICADC has been the foundation for the African music diaspora in the nation's capital! Joining forces on the 1s and 2s this time around is an all-star lineup of DC's best Soca and Afrobeat DJs, including Okayafrica's apostle/resident DJ Underdog joined by DJ Drew Cool and DJ Jahsonic and special guest Spyda The DJ who have a slew of surprise mashups and remixes up their sleeves. Anything is fair game, but you will probably hear some Soca, Samba, Mzansi, Tribal house, Kwaito, Kuduro, South African House, Zouk, Soukous, Azonto, Kukere, Coupe Decale and Hiplife. No pretensions, no commercial radio nonsense, and no wallflowers ever. Sweat, release and let go!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#OKAYAFRICADC Soca Vs. Afrobeat Special!

With DJ Underdog, DJ Crew Cool, DJ Jahsonic, Spyda The DJ

Hosted by Dada

Club Tropicalia

2001 14th Street N.W.

Washington, DC

Doors 10pm

$5

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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