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Okayafrica + The Ace Hotel Party Down @ Coachella


Yes yes ya'll, we will be baking ourselves in the desert, watching siiiiiicccccck live acts, lounging poolside AND hosting a party at the Ace Hotel as part of the Ace's Desert Gold: Roadside Attraction party series during Coachella (have you seen the m-f lineup?! hooo-laaa-hooops!).

Hosted by the feverishly on fiaah Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 ("best show of SXSW" is what we hear) who will be performing at Coachella proper on Sunday, Okayafrica's Saturday night banger will bring the seething sounds and psychedelic grooves from DJs Chief Boima (Sierra Leone in the haus!) and Sinkane (wassup, Sudan!) to resonate across the desert landscape. And check the afro-futurist vids from Kenya's Just A Band. Free rolling papers provided c/o Seun. Thanks dude!

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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