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Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot Added to Sauti Sol’s NYC Show

Okayafrica presents Sauti Sol live at Highline Ballroom in New York City with Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot.

East Africa’s Africa’s biggest band officially kicks off their 2016 U.S. tour this Sunday in New York City. Okayafrica is presenting Sauti Sol, the celebrated Kenyan afro-pop outfit, for one night only at NYC’s Highline Ballroom.


What’s more, Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot have just been added to the show.

After starting off as the first-ever Tanzanian MTV VJ, Mdee has risen to become one of the most popular recording artists on the continent. She's behind such hits as "Niroge," "Hawajui," "Never Ever," and the K.O-featuring "Nobody But Me."

Dividing her time between Accra, Copenhagen and New York City, the Ghanaian-born Abot should be a familiar face to Okayafrica readers. Most recently, the singer has been touring with Ms. Lauryn Hill on the Diaspora Calling tour.

Sauti Sol are coming off the release of their long-awaited third album, Live and Die In Afrika, which features 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.” Last Saturday, they took home Best Group at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg.

Now, the four-piece group—comprised of Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano, Polycarp Otieno and Savara Mudigi—are bringing their pop blend of soulful vocal harmonies and Kenyan rhythms to NYC as part of a U.S. tour which also includes stops in Seattle (November 3), Minneapolis (November 4), D.C. (November 5), Raleigh (November 11) and Dallas (November 12).

Join us for a Facebook live chat with Sauti Sol, Friday, October 28th at 5pm EST.

Buy tickets to Okayafrica presents Sauti Sol with Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot at Highline Ballroom in New York City on Sunday, October 30.

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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