Introducing OkayAfrica On Spotify

OkayAfrica is proud to announce its new channel on Spotify, featuring playlists like Afrobeats Party, Vintage African Records, SA Hip-Hop & more.

OkayAfrica is proud to announce its new channel on Spotify, which'll keep you on the pulse of the African music scene.

Selected by our editorial team and our network of contributors, DJs, artists, and musicians, our Spotify page will showcase the many diverse styles and sounds coming out of the African continent.

Playlists will include selections of the hottest afrobeats sounds, dedicated mixtapes to Africa's many famous musical genres and artistic legends, as well as a weekly-updated playlist to keep listeners on top of what's new and cool across the African continent and its diaspora.

We're be launching our Spotify channel with six playlists: an Afrobeats Party mix for your nights & weekends, a selection of our favorite Vintage African Records, the best current South African Hip-Hop, a deep dive into Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop, the best Black Punk Bands and, our recurring Songs You Need to Hear This Week, which will update every Friday with the best new music.

Follow OkayAfrica's channel on Spotify and make sure to follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week to stay updated on new tracks.

Get a closer look and start listening to our OkayAfrica playlists on Spotify below!

Afrobeats Party

Afrobeats is the sound taking over airwaves across the globe—and being used by the likes of Drake, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber & more in their hits. This is your Afrobeats Party mix, featuring all the biggest and latest songs from its leading artists: Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Davido, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, and many more.

Follow the playlist to get updates on new afrobeats jams.


Vintage African Records

From long lost Ghanaian cassette tapes to Northern & East African record digging finds, these are the Vintage African Records you need in your life. This playlist compiles our favorite vintage re-releases that have come out recently, including classics from Fela Kuti to lesser-known ’70s Ghanaian disco, Zamrock, Zulu rock, Cabo Verdean dance grooves, Nigerian psych-rock, and more.

Follow this playlist to stay up to date on the best vintage African sounds.

Songs You Need to Hear This Week

At the end of every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a weekend playlist for you.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week to get weekly updates of the best new African music out there!

South African Hip-Hop

Our South African Hip-Hop playlist, Mzansi Heat, will round up the best contemporary SA hip-hop bangers, featuring stars like Cassper Nyovest and AKA, as well as more underground rappers.

Follow this playlist to stay on the pulse of the thriving SA hip-hop scene.

Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop

This Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop playlist dives into the use of melodies from the golden age of Ethio-jazz in modern hip-hop classics, featuring tracks from Mulata Astatke, Nas, Madlib, Jay Z, K'naan and more.

Black Punk Bands

These are the Black Punk Bands you need to hear from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique and the diaspora, featuring Bad Brains, National Wake, Big Joanie, and more.

Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery

The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019

1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."

Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957

Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:


31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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