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Based On This Sneak Peek, OkayAfrica's 'Riddim & Beats' Is About to Be Lit Tonight

OkayAfrica's 'Riddim & Beats' goes down tonight at Lincoln Center in NYC—here's a sneak peek of a show you can't miss featuring D'banj.

If you're in NYC, join us tonight at Lincoln Center for OkayAfrica's Riddim & Beats.


Damrosch Park will be filled with the funk of West African beats and the rhythms of Caribbean carnival. Nigeria’s Kokomaster D’banj and Jamaican-born reggae star of the ’80s Sister Nancy join forces to summon the essential elements of carnival culture—music, costume, and dance—alongside eclectic London afrobeats band, The Compozers. The Carnyval Dancers will turn the stage into a vivid, colorful mash-up of African and Caribbean cultures in the heart of the city.

Click here to RSVP, and take a look of what to look forward to in the sneak peek from rehearsal below.

Did we mention this is a free show? It's about to be lit!

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photo by Setor Tsikudo.

Photos by Setor Tsikudo.

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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