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Okayafrica Presents Electrafrique NYC Ghana Edition With L'Afrique Som Systeme, Cortega & DJ Underdog!

Okayafrica presents a special 'Ghana Edition' of Electrafrique NYC with L'Afrique Som Systeme (Papa Ghana & Asheru), Cortega & DJ Underdog!


Flyer by Underdog

This year we teamed up with Nairobi’s Electrafrique to introduce New York’s new monthly dance party. After hitting the decks at SummerStage in Central Park with Black Coffee and DJ Spoko last month, Electrafrique NYC returns in July to shake things up with our very first Ghana Edition featuring special guests L'Afrique Som Systeme (Papa Ghana & Asheru) all the way from the Netherlands and host DJs Cortega and Underdog. The party is held at The 303 at Louie & Chan, one of New York’s newest and most intimate clubs located in the heart of the Lower East Side. Scroll on for more details and get warmed up with L’Afrique Som Systeme's classic Africa In Your Earbuds Mixtape.

>>>RSVP FOR FREE ENTRY TO ELECTRAFRIQUE BEFORE 11PM

SATURDAY, JULY 19TH

10PM-4AM

DOOR $10

FREE BEFORE 11PM WITH RSVP

THE 303 AT LOUIE & CHAN

303 BROOME STREET, NYC

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The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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