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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.

Grab your tickets below.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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