News Brief

OkayAfrica's Weekend Guide

There’s a deluge of cool events happening across Africa and the diaspora this weekend and OkayAfrica’s weekend guide is where you’ll find them.

There’s a deluge of cool events happening across Africa and the diaspora this weekend and OkayAfrica’s weekend guide is where you’ll find them.


NEW YORK CITY—The International African Arts Festival will host its opening ceremony Libation on Sunday, June 4. This year's event will be a tribute to ancient and modern Ghana in honor of the country's 60th year of independence. The event will feature performances by Blitz the Ambassador and the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater. Get more information on this event, here.

BROOKLYN—The Brownsville Heritage House will host its monthly "Pan-African Experience" night on Saturday, June 3. The organization describes the event as "a monthly celebration of our Black heritage where music, games, discussions and performances mingle." Find more info on this event, here.

PHILLY—The 10th annual Roots Picnic is going down this Saturday, June 3 at Festival Pierre at Penns Landing. There will be performances by Michael Kiwanuka, Tunji Ige, Solange, Pharrell and more. Get your tickets here.

JOHANNESBURG—The monthly Soweto Arts and Crafts Fair takes place this Saturday at the Soweto Theater. The event is a platform for local artists to sell and display their work and gain exposure in the process. There will be food, drinks and handcrafted goods available for purchase. More on this event, here.

JOHANNESBURG—The Word N Sound Poetry League will kick off this Saturday at Market Theater in Newtown. There event is a search for the cities most talented poets, "The 'classified experiment' seeks to produce the deadliest, bravest agents of change the poetry scene has ever experienced, says the organization. Read more about it here.

LONDON—The African Gospel Music & Media Awards take place this Saturday, June 3 at Stratford Circus Arts Centre in London.

"Join us at the African Gospel Music & Media Awards 2017 #AGMMA2017, a night of celebration, elegance and rewarding and appreciating excellence in gospel music and affiliated. This night will feature some of the most accomplished and some up-and-coming-gospel in a night of exuberant praise," reads the event's description. Check here for more details.

What to Listen To:

For a playlist of the best songs that came across our desk this week, check out OkayAfrica’s Weekend Playlist, featuring tracks from Davido, 2Baba, RedRed and more. You can stream it below.

Audio
Image via Sheila Afari PR.

9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Kwesta Slams BMW South Africa’s Latest Advert For Using His Song Without Permission

Kwesta has called out BMW South Africa for blatantly using his song without his permission.