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Weekend Guide: Les Nubians in NYC, Sounds of Freedom Concert in Johannesburg 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.


BROOKLYN—The KowTeff African Dance Company will host AfroSoulstice 2017 this Saturday, June 24 at the BRIC Ballroom in Brooklyn. The event will feature performances from Wunmi, ADH and more. You can purchase tickets here.

BROOKLYN—For a night of food, art and conversation around  the afro-diasporic experience of Black and Latino populations, check out Plátanos and Collard Greens—inspired by the Broadway play of the same name. There will be art exhibitions and panel discussions. Check here for more details on this event.

NEW YORK CITY—French-Cameroonina sister duo, Les Nubians, will perform at the Highland Ballroom this Saturday, June 24. You can buy tickets to see the Grammy-nominated group, here.

JOHANNESBURG—Basta Uhuru's Sounds of Freedom youth music concert is taking place this Saturday, June 24 at Constitution Hill. Enjoy a family-friendly day of South African music in Johannesburg's cultural hub. Check here for more info.

CAPE TOWN—Catch Cape Town-based duo Art of Brother's latest exhibition Progress Preserved, currently showing at the World Art Gallery on Church Street. Get more information on the exhibition here.

LONDON—Startups for Africa is hosting an "Anti-Pop" for those interested in African food and drinks retail. There will be various events taking place during the conference including, a master class on public relations with Ronke Lawal, panel discussions and more.  Learn more about the event, here.

LONDON—The African Francophone Art, Music and Culture Festival goes down this Saturday, June 24 at St. Mary's Great Hall in London. The event is hosted by Golden Hope, with the mission of "celebrating the diversity of our culture." You can purchase tickets, here.

LONDON—The Trafalgar Square Black History Walk takes place this Sunday, June 25 at Trafalgar Square in London. Participants will be taken on a two hour tour, in which their guide "will expose the links between Africa, India and the Caribbean and explain how history was whitewashed and racism institutionalised." Register for the event here.

NEW YORK CITY—The Lincoln Center Education presents a music making workshop this Saturday, June 24 at the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education. There will be a performance by award-winning French-Cameroonian jazz and blues artist Gino Sitson. The event is free, you can register here.

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 Tiwa Savage, Stonebwoy, Pierre Kwenders and more. You can stream our full playlist below, via Apple Music and Spotify.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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