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Your Photos: #EverydayAfrique Rooftop Party In Brooklyn

Everyday Afrique was live in Brooklyn this Memorial Day weekend, check out how folks celebrated on social media.

DIASPORA—Brooklyn showed up and showed off this Memorial Day for OkayAfrica, Everyday People and Electrafrique's annual Everyday Afrique rooftop party.


As usual, it was a packed house as some of the city's flyest came to dance, sip on something cool and spread love the Brooklyn way. Non-stop jams were provided by DJ mOma, DJ Rich Knight, DJ UnderdogKashaka and DJ Cortega

Of course, it's not a real turn up unless there's social media proof—many of the attendees took to Instagram to document the festivities, and their posts only confirm that Everyday Afrique was the place to be last weekend.

Check out what how people celebrated with us on social media.

Fun times @everydaypplnyc and @okayafrica #everydayafrique

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💕 #EverydayAfrique 📸: @aquamelow

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Mad love! @skinnywashere #everydayafrique

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#everydayafrique #outputbrooklyn

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Post @okayafrica x @everydaypplnyc Rooftop Party😏🔥 #okayfeatureme #everydayafrique

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#EverydayAfrique #everydaypeople

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#fortheculture #EverydayAfrique @okayafrica

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My peoples making Brooklyn rooftops look sexy! #everydayafrique #okayafrica #kendricklamar #afrobeats #blackisbeautiful

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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