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Okayafrica Soundclash w/ BLK JKS, Just A Band, Sinkane, The Happy Show & Chief Boima At BK's Bizarre!

Heineken Presents: Okayafrica Soundclash Friday, October 4th at Bizarre in Brooklyn, feautring BLK JKS, Just A Band, Sinkane, Gazelle and Chief Boima!


OK fam, we're throwing a little post-post African explosion of sound and vision, taste and smell, body and soul. The homies BLKJKSSNDSYSTM (Mpumi from BLK JKS), Blinky Bill (from Just A Band), Sinkane, The Happy Show aka Gazelle, and Chief Boima have plans to drop rare kwaito, afrobeat and deep funk punk cuts, sprinkled with salty bloody alt dance numbers from the continent and all over the diaspora, remixed and re-imagined. With the who's who in the works it's bound to be hot and heavy, trippy even. Come get down, turnt out, whatever you're about, let it loose with us! FREE HEINEKEN OPEN BAR — 8pm until 9pm (or until we run out — we've got 10 cases of FREE beer to give away!)

>>>FREE WITH RSVP HERE

Friday, October 4th

8pm-4am

Heineken Presents: Okayafrica Soundclash

Featuring the people who brought you the term "Afro Futurist," BLK JKS, with the next stage of the MOVEMENT:

BLKJKSSNDSYSTM (Mpumi from BLK JKS, straight from South Africa)

Blinky Bill (from Just A Band, fresh from Kenya)

Sinkane (Sudan)

The Happy Show (South Africa)

Chief Boima (Sierra Leone)

Bizarre

12 Jefferson St. Brooklyn, NY 11206

(Myrtle Ave. J, M train)

*graphic design by Richard Chinchilla

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