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Sauti Sol In NYC Has Been Postponed

Sauti Sol's Highline Ballroom show has been pushed back to March 8 due to the band's travel permit issues.

Update October 22, 2018: Sadly, Sauti Sol has postponed their American tour due to issues with permits. The new show date is now March 8, 2019. Anyone who bought tickets should have been contacted by Highline Ballroom and can use them for the new date.Tickets for the new date are avaialbe here. See a full statement from the band below.

Melanin World Tour; East Coast/North America Postponed.

To our dear fans, we are so sad to announce that we will have to postpone our upcoming shows in North America. Despite our best efforts, we will not receive the necessary permits on time and will be unable to travel to you this month. The concerts in Montreal, Washington DC, Boston and New York have been rescheduled to March next year with more information coming soon.

Please stay tuned to our pages for further details. This is a setback we have never experienced and it breaks our hearts to have to postpone but some things are out of our control. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience, we will give you the ultimate performances next year adding more cities to the tour to play for as many fans as we can!

Everyone who bought tickets, we see you and we appreciate you! Hold on to those, we'll be rocking with you soon! We love you❤❤❤

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Sauti Sol, the celebrated Kenyan afro-pop group, is coming back to NYC for a newly-announced concert at Highline Ballroom as part of their Melanin World Tour.

The 4-piece group, who won Best Group at the MTV Africa Music Awards and were nominated for Best International Act at the BET Awards, will be bringing their pop blend of soulful vocal harmonies and Kenyan rhythms to NYC on October 25.

Okayafrica and Highline Ballroom are presenting Sauti Sol live for the second time in New York, after an electric sold out show with the band in 2016.

Sauti Sol is currently readying the release of their collaborative album, Afrikan Sauce, from which we've already heard standout tracks like "Melanin," featuring Patoranking "Short & Sweet," and "Tujiangalie" alongside Nyashinski.

Afrikan Sauce will be a continuation of their highly-successful third album, Live and Die in Afrika. The band is calling the project an "art and cultural exchange," which will feature collaborations with big names from across Africa.

Remember when President Obama was filmed dancing to Sauti Sol? This could be you on October 25.

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Tiwa Savage, Sauti Sol, 2Baba, Toofan & More to Perform at AFRIMA Music Village Festival

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The 6th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) celebrations, which recognize African talent from across the continent, are set to take place between November 20-23 in Lagos, Nigeria. Several events will take place ahead of the award show, including the star-studded AFRIMA Music Village Festival which will feature performances from some of the top artists in the industry.

The show's lineup has just been announced and it features over 30 acts from all regions of the continent.

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Bobi Wine, Wanuri Kahiu, Kwame Onwuachi & More Make Inaugural TIME 100 Next List

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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