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Blinky Bill [Just A Band] x Mpumi Mcata [BLK JKS] x OneBeat

Watch Blink Bill of Just A Band and BLK JKS' Mpumi Mcata perform at this year's OneBeat.


Earlier this year Just A Band's Blinky Bill and BLK JKS' Mpumi Mcata — two heavy Okayafrica favorites — took part in OneBeat, a one-month project that brings musicians from across the globe to the U.S. to collaborate, produce and perform original tracks. Mpumi wrote on the potential of the project as a catalyst for cross-cultural dialogue — the program took place in Florida near the site of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, which several musicians channeled as inspiration for their collaborations.

Watch the Mpumi-directed Trayvon tribute and Blinky Bill's dream-state "Lullaby" collaboration with a OneBeat fellow below. The program is now accepting applications for OneBeat 2014, due January 15, from a number of eligible countries (listed below).

>>> Apply to OneBeat 2014 here.

Eligible Countries for OneBeat 2014: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

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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:

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