Events

OKAYAFRICA Halloween w/ Meta and Cornerstones, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew and more!


OKAYAFRICA joins with The Danger, 3rd Ward, Xango Tribe, Wolf + Lamb, and Cumba Mela to bring you WITHIN THE LAND OF ASH. This party will be an all-night, exquisitely out-of-control masquerade, featuring 13 interactive visions of "the afterlife" and over 150 artists - spread over 4 warehouses in Brooklyn. OKAYAFRICA will be curating the entire 2nd floor of 3rd Ward in Buskwick to create the Shrine stage, inspired by Fela Kuti's "Shrine" in Nigeria. The OKA stage will host Reggie Watts, Das Racist, Meta & the Cornerstones, O'Nkosi Rhythms Wizards, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, Ishmael Kouyate Waraba Band (from FELA!), and the FELA! dancers. Also, sets from DJ Dhundee, OP!, Sabine, and Aqbt. Finally, expect Sierra Leonian devils and a performance by an aerialist! There will be blacklights – wear a white costume and you will glow! See you there!! Details after the jump:

ARRIVE EARLY

Saturday, October 30th : 7pm through 7am

$15 before 9:45pm : $25 after : Strictly 21+

Your experience begins at: 260 Meserole St. Bushwick, Brooklyn and continues throughout the neighborhood.

The OKAYAFRICA stage will take place on the 2nd floor of 3rd Ward,

195 Morgan Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11237

For full performer listings and details see:

http://www.WithinTheLandofAsh.com/

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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