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OkayAfrica's Weekend Guide: Davido Live In NYC, Afropunk In London and More

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—Naija afrobeats star, Davido will perform live at PlayStation Theater this Saturday, July 22. Catch the musician as he runs through his dance-worthy hits like "If," "Skelewu," "Aye," and more. You can purchase tickets, here.

NEW YORK CITY—Catch the Zuvaa Day: New York pop up this Saturday, July 21. The Zuvaa marketplace offers fun, stylish African-inspired clothing from skilled designers. Check here for more info.

WASHINGTON D.C.—If you're in the mood for some tasty delectables check out the Taste of Liberia Authentic Food and Day Party at Decades DC. Enjoy foods from a packed menu of Liberian dishes, and vibe out to tunes from local DJs. You can register for the event, here.

LONDON—The Black Music Records & African Crafts Fair takes place this Saturday at Harrow Mencamp. Pick up some vinyl, CDs, books, clothes posters and more from British Black Music's extensive collection. Register for the event here.

LONDON—IJE, "the largest UK African fashion show" takes place this Sunday, July 23 at the Intercontinental London. Click here to register.

LONDON—Afropunk Fest: London takes place this weekend from July 22-23. The extensive lineup includes Little Simz, Petite Noir, Saul Williams, The Internet and many others. Check out the full lineup, and purchase tickets here.

NAIROBI—Check out "The Rhythm" event at the Alchemist Bar this Saturday July 22 in Nairobi. "The Rhythm" is a "music event series focused on exploring the different musical influences and the music culture in different cities. The journey began at Carfax Newtown in Johannesburg, South Africa." Find out more about the event via Kenyabuzz.com.

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 Yemi Alade, Kranium, Mr Eazi and more. You can stream our full playlist below, via Spotify and Apple Music.

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