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Okayafrica's Weekend Takeover In NYC! Win Backstage Passes!

Okayafrica takes over NYC with Black Coffee, DJ Spoko and Electrafrique at Central Park SummerStage + pre-party at Louie & Chan!


This Sunday Okayafrica presents a special night in celebration of 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa and the National Youth Month at this year’s Central Park SummerStage concert series. Presented in collaboration with the South African Consulate General-NY, the BIG South African house bash will feature performances from SA's reigning DJ/producer king Black Coffee, bacardi house mastermind and one of the leaders of the new wave of SA dance (and not to mention a Fantasma bandmember) DJ Spoko, as well as our very own Electrafrique DJs Cortega and Underdog. Electrafrique starts at 5pm, right at doors, so get there EARLY! Warm up with Cortega's all-Black Coffee mix here.

The event officially kicks off Okayplayer’s 15th Anniversary Summer Concert Series at SummerStage, featuring 5 separate shows from us and our channel partners Okayplayer, Okayfuture, Revive Music and LargeUp that will include performances by Blood Orange, Moses Sumney, Bonobo, Gregory Porter & The Revive Big Band, Bonobo, Cibo Matto, Chronixx and more.

Sunday, June 15th

5PM-10PM

Electrafrique starts at 5PM, right at doors, get there EARLY!

Enter at Central Park & 72nd Street, New York

FREE!

Starting today we're offering up one pair of backstage passes to Okayafrica Presents Black Coffee, DJ Spoko & Electrafrique at Central Park SummerStage. To enter to win, all you need to do is share this photo on facebook. A winner will be selected and notified on Saturday.

But even before Black Coffee, Spoko, Cortega and Underdog hit Central Park, don't miss out on the pre-party Saturday with Electrafrique! After heading outdoors in May, Electrafrique NYC returns to the 303 at Louie & Chan with special guest Stan Zeff and resident DJs Cortega and Underdog! The party is FREE before 11pm with RSVP here.

Saturday, June 14th

10PM-4AM

The 303 at Louie & Chan

303 Broome Street, New York

$10

FREE before 11PM with RSVP

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