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Catch Rema's First Ever NYC Concert at DJ Tunez' 'Blackout'

We've partnered with DJ Tunez to bring Rema to NYC this Friday, November 29.

Highly-buzzing young Nigerian act Rema is set to take the stage this week on Friday at NYC venue SOBs.

OkayAfrica has partnered with DJ Tunez to bring Rema live to NYC for the first time, for the pre-concert of Tunez's Blackout. The concert will be 16+ and the space at SOBs will also feature games, live painting, and much more.

The night will also feature music by Tunez and DJ Don, plus performances by Benjy, White Boy, Joe O and Tome.

You can check out all of the info on the flyers below.

Grab your tickets to Rema's first ever NYC concert + DJ Tunez' Blackout here


We recently spoke to Rema in an exclusive interview about his new project Bad Commando, his well-regarded EPs, fame, self-doubts and beliefs, and the reasons why he's one of the most exciting artists in afropop.

Make sure you catch him for DJ Tunez Blackout pre-concert this Friday at SOBs!

Grab your tickets here.


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Photos: Here's What Happened at Daily Paper & Free the Youth's Design Talk for Accra's Young Creatives

Founders of the popular brands discussed all things African streetwear in a conversation facilitated by OkayAfrica and moderator Amarachi Nwosu.

Last week, Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand Daily Paper and Ghanaian streetwear label Free the Youth held a talk for young creatives at the Mhoseenu design studio in Accra, Ghana.

Moderated by Melanin Unscripted creator Amarachi Nwosu and presented in partnership with OkayAfrica, the design-based conversation explored everything from sustainable practices in manufacturing, to the overall evolution of streetwear globally. The founders of Free the Youth, which was been called Ghana's number one streetwear brand, expanded on how they've been able to build their audience, and shared details about their community-based initiatives.

They event, which took place at the Daily Paper Pop-up Store in Accra last Friday, drew a fashionable and creative-minded crowd ready to partake in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe.

Check out some of the action that took place at the Daily Paper x FYT event below, with photos by Abena Boamah.

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Watch Rema Deliver a Standout Performance of 'Bad Commando' on A COLORS SHOW

The buzzing Nigerian artist is the latest to grace the Colors studio.

Rema is the Nigerian artist to watch and his recent performance on the popular YouTube-based A COLORS SHOW proves exactly why.

The "Dumebi" singer stopped by for a brief but memorable performance of his single "Bad Commando" the title track from his latest EP that dropped in October. Performing in a stripped-down, olive green setting, the artist dressed in all-black, delivers crisp vocals that sound just as sharp as the studio version.

Read: Interview: Rema, Afropop's Wonder Boy, Is Ready to Take Over

Check out his performance underneath.

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The Gorillaz Enlist Fatoumata Diawara for New Track 'Désolé

A stunning collaboration that we didn't even know we needed.

The Gorillaz enlist none other than Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for their latest single "Désolé," the second single from the hit-making British band's Song Machine installation project.

"Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me, you know," the band's drummer Russel Hobbs is quoted as saying in a statement via Pitchfork. Désole translates to "sorry" in French, but despite it's apologetic title, the song is a laid-back groove, elevated by vocals from lead singer Damon Albarn and Diawara, who sings in English, French and Bambara.

"She's an African Queen," Russel adds. "This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that's not true.... Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips."

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz x Tanasha, Sauti Sol, Rayvanny, Sheebah, Victoria Kimani and more.

February has been dominated by familiar voices in East African music.

Here are our picks of the best East African songs of the month featuring Diamond Platnumz, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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