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.

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Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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