Events

Sauti Sol Is Coming to New York, Very Soon

Okayafrica is presenting East Africa’s biggest band, Sauti Sol, for a concert at NYC's Highline Ballroom in October.

East Africa’s biggest band is coming to New York City.


Okayafrica is presenting Sauti Sol, the celebrated Kenyan afro-pop outfit, for a newly-announced concert at NYC’s Highline Ballroom this coming October 30.

Sauti Sol are coming off the release of their long-awaited third album, Live and Die In Afrika, which featured huge singles like “Sura Yako,” “Nishike” and “Kuliko Jana,” and was one of our favorite releases of 2015.

The album climbed the Kenyan charts and received global attention—even President Obama was filmed dancing to “Sura Yako” in an unforgettable clip.

Now, the 4-piece group—comprised of Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano, Polycarp Otieno and Savara Mudigi—will be bringing their pop blend of soulful vocal harmonies and Kenyan rhythms to NYC in October.

Grab your tickets and revisit Sauti Sol’s recent video for “Kuliko Jana,” in which they sing with their old Nairobi high school choir, below.

BUY TICKETS TO OKAYAFRICA PRESENTS: SAUTI SOL AT HIGHLINE BALLROOM

JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Comedian Munya Chawawa Signs Major Deal with Atlantic Records

Zimbabwean-born, UK-based comedian Munya Chawawa, known for his hilarious online skits, has recently signed a lucrative deal with Atlantic Records.