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Okayafrica Hits Washington, D.C. for the Hip Hop Theater Festival: Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew and More!


Washington, D.C. - this Tuesday, July 12th, head to the illustrious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for a FREE performance by 3 of Okayafrica's faves to help celebrate the 10 year Anniversary of the Hip Hop Theater Festival!  First up, the beautiful Maimouna Youssef who's sultry voice has accompanied The Roots on-stage for many a show.  Next we've got D.C.'s own tabi Bonney, who hails from Togo and is one of hip-hop's rising stars.  Headlining the night are Sierra Leone's superstars, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew (watch them on CNN today right here!) who bring their high energy show ripe with their unique blend of hip-hop, reggae, afrobeat, pop, and traditional Sierra Leonian sounds to the stage.  Get their early for the 5pm warm-up class (also free!) lead by our girl Rujeko Dumbutshena from Broadway's FELA! the musical.  Hope we see you there.

THE DEETS:

Tuesday, July 12th

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

2700 F Street NW

Washington, DC 20566

Showtime: 6pm

Warm-up dance class: 5pm

Cost: FREE!!

Interview
Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

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Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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