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OkayAfrica's Weekend Guide: Things to Do With Dad

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—Healthy Eating & Active Lifestyle presents "Train, Taste and Teach," a program to help you and dad stay healthy together, taking place this Saturday, June 17 on Amsterdam Ave in New York City. "Come out and experience effective exercises, learn the history of our traditional foods with hands on cooking demos and be prepared to teach within your community for optimal health, wellness and vitality." reads the invite. For more details on this event, head here.

NEW YORK CITY—Check out goods made from vendors across the diaspora at this weekend's African Diaspora Makers Market in San Antonio, Texas. It's going down at the Movement Art Gallery. Check here for more details.

BROOKLYN—Juneteenth is this upcoming Monday, and there are events happening across the diaspora to commemorate the holiday. Tea With Queen & J are hosting their second annual Juneteenth Kickback, this Saturday June 17. "To be Black is a revolutionary act, as is any holiday celebrating our Blackness, our personhood, our dopeness. We're poppin' and we're celebrating." You can RSVP to this event, here.

NEW YORK CITY—Ring in father's day with dad this Saturday with some Afro-Cuban rhythms provided by Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano live at Club Bonafide. Grab your tickets, here.

NEW YORK—Enjoy live music with dad this Saturday at the Queens Library with Awa Sangho "The Golden Voice of Mali." The event is free. You can register, here.

NAIROBI—The Kenya Cosplay convention is happening this Saturday at Thika Road Mall. Come dressed in your best super hero gear, their will be cash prizes and free merchandise to be won. Get tickets for the event, here.

WASHINGTON D.C.—"I Am Africa" portrait day, is the perfect family event to take part in ahead of Father's Day. The arts and crafts program will take place at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art on Saturday, June 17. Register for the event, here.

NEW YORK CITY—On Sunday, you can meet South Africa's first female winemaker, Ntsiki Biyela, and sample her wine. Wine Lovers of NYC will host an event with Biyela at the Pierre Loti Chelsea on June 18. You can purchase tickets to the event, here.

LONDON—Take a museum tour with dad and learn about the "Black Presence in the National Gallery." Participants will discuss black history including the Moors and ancient African kingdoms. You can purchase tickets to the event, taking place on Sunday, here.

What to Listen to: 

To get into the spirit of Father's Day, listen to Cassper Nyovest's “Superman” feat. Tsepo Tshola, a song which the rapper says "dedicated to all the super dads. Watch the video below, and check out OkayAfrica's full weekend playlist.

 

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Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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