It Snows In Africa! - The Okayafrica Holiday Sweatshirt Available Now

The Okayafrica Holiday Sweatshirt is available now in purple, red, and black in the Okayafrica Shop.

Last year Okayplayer let loose a perfect shopping tsunami with the sale of The Roots Holiday Sweat(er)shirt. Inspired by their success, this year we decided to introduce our own take on Uncle Ray Ray's Ugly Holiday Sweater (you know, that one you hate to love and love to hate– but know you want). Flipping the script, the Okayafrica Holiday Sweatshirt is decked out with a faux-stiched Continent, adorned with giraffes instead of reindeer, palm trees instead of Christmas trees, and snow – yes, it snows in Africa, sheesh! Sweatshirts are mid-weight, super-soft fleece pullovers in red, black, and a perfect heather purple, and are excellent gifts for any holiday you dare to celebrate. Get your's today while supplies last! And speaking of new items, the Okayplayer Shop just launched its 2014 Year-End Collection, which includes our new favorite 5 panel hat, the Kente Cloth Custom Brim Snapback. Nearly all of the products are very limited in quantity and on sale NOW at Check out the behind-the-scenes video from our photo shoot below.

>>>Get Your Okayafrica Holiday Sweatshirt From The Okayafrica Shop


Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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