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Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photos: Here's What Went Down at the Labor Day Edition of Everyday Afrique

The diaspora showed out for the last Everyday Afrique party of the year.

Everyday People, OkayAfrica and Electrafrique, teamed up one again this past Labor Day for an Everyday Afrique party like no other.

The action took place at The Well in Brooklyn, where some of the city's best dressed came through to party to tunes from the likes of DJ Moma, DJ Tunez, DJ Cortega, Rich Knight, Boston Chery and DJ Buka, who all kept the energy on high throughout the day.

During the festivities, Afrodance NYC performed a special tribute to the late DJ Arafat during DJ Cortega's set, while Boston Chery delivered a standout set that was a tribute to Haiti. There was an epic zanku circle, led by Young Prince and Frankie B Cool delivered on the djembe. None other than DJ Tunez, closed out the night with a standout set that included a run of several of his own hits.

It was a day to remember, but if you weren't there for the action, don't fret. Check out what went down at the Labor Day edition of Everyday Afrique via the photo recap below with images from Kadeem Johnson and Elliott Ashby.


Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Kadeem Johnson

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby

Photo by Elliott Ashby


Interview
Photo: Shawn Theodore via Schure Media Group/Roc Nation

Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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