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

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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