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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!!

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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