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SXSW 2011: Okayafrica's Top 5 Picks

Our guide to African and diasporic acts at SXSW 2011.

SXSW 2011, home to all things music, film, interactive and indie, will host a touch of African and diasporic talent this year, including Club MC, Spoek Mathambo, desert songstress Khaira Arby, afro-freestyler Chico Mann, tropical producer Chief Boima, and baile maestro Zuzuka Poderosa. Representing the face of contemporary African music, these artists incorporate everything from computers to traditional instruments, and all of them radiate complex dance rhythms from the motherland. Here goes our top 5 event picks...


National  Geographics Present:

Khaira Arby, Toubab Krewe, Sway Machinery,  And More

Habana Calle 6 Saturday, March 19th Habana Bar Backyard 709 East 6th Street Austin, TX 8.00 pm.

Nat Geo Music is presenting their second annual showcase at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, TX and features 11 live acts on 2 stages including Desert Songstress Khaira Arby,  Ashville's Toubab Krewe, and the Arby inspired, Sway Machinery.

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Spoek Mathambo

Saturday March 19 12:00AM Malverde

The 24-year-old club-hopping MC and DJ sees himself as a part of a new wave of energy in Africa, which is intent on nurturing a sense of progressiveness while maintaining a pride in culture. Spoek has been remixed by the likes of tech-house producers such as Douster, Boys Noize, Canblaster, and Krazy Fiesta.

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Chico Mann

Tuesday 15  Copa (10:45, Night Fever: SXSW Edition)

Wednesday 16 Scoot Inn (11:20, official sxsw showcase)

Thursday 17  Speakeasy Kabaret (12mid, official sxsw showcase)

Jersey City-based producer Chico Mann, aka Marcos García, brings his highly-energetic hybrid of Afro-Cuban rhythms, afrobeat and classic freestyle to Austin via beat machines galore and a heavy dose of dreamy chants.

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Chief Boima

Friday March 18, 11:00PM Flamingo Cantina 21+ 515 E 6th St

Saturday March 19 12:00AM Venue Habana Bar 21+ 708 E 6th St

Techno Rumba, African House, Ghetto-Bass Disco; these are some of the sounds your body will be possessed by when you attend the 3 showcases Boima will play at SXSW including, Dutty Arts, and Nat Geo with "Brooklyn neighbor and close brethren, Uproot Andy," and "an unofficial party called Party After the End of the World, which takes place Friday afternoon. "

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Also, be sure to download Chief Boima's mixtape right here.

Zuzuka Poderosa

Saturday March 19 11:45PM,  Prague 21+ 422 B Congress Ave

Hailing from Bushwick, via Brazil, Zuzuka studied jazz vocal improvisation, spun drum and bass, and developed her identity as a Funk Carioca MC after moving to NY when she was 16. Using classic Baile breaks as well as cleaner synth-based electronic production (Neuronic Bass), Zuzuka seduces with her dark and dirty club sound.

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Adekunle Gold. Image courtesy of the artist.

Here's the Schedule For the 3-Night SXSW 'Africa To The World' Showcase

Featuring Moonchild Sanelly, Stonebwoy, Adekunle Gold, Efya, Anatii, Victoria Kimani, Major League DJz and many more.

The massive SXSW showcase, Africa To The World, will be going down in Austin, Texas this week, presented by Digiwaxx and Bavent Street Live with media partner OkayAfrica.

The showcase will be bringing African music to SXSW like it's never been done before by presenting 30 African artists over three nights at the Highland Lounge.

The performances, taking place March 14-16, will feature cemented stars and buzzing acts like Moonchild Sanelly, Stonebwoy, Adekunle Gold, Efya, Anatii, Victoria Kimani, Major League DJz, Stanley Enow, and many more.

Check out OkayAfrica's playlists on Apple Music to hear more from these artists.

"The global embracing of African artists and love for the music and musicians out of Africa has been on an uptick... Notably, over the last four years, the representation of African artists at the renowned SXSW music festival has experienced tremendous growth, thanks to Digiwaxx Media, and W+R Projects who have continually produced showcases featuring African artists," says Hakeem Condotti, CEO of Bavent Street Live.

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Mr Eazi. Photo: Leon Williams for OkayAfrica.

Announcing SXSW 'Africa To The World' Featuring Mr Eazi, Cassper Nyovest, Yemi Alade & Many More

A showcase of 30 African artists over 3 nights at SXSW presented by Digiwaxx and Bavent Street Live with media partner OkayAfrica.

OkayAfrica is excited to announce the massive SXSW showcase, Africa To The World, in partnership with Digiwaxx and Bavent Street Live.

We will be bringing African music to SXSW like it's never been done before by presenting 30 African artists over three nights (March 14-16) at an undisclosed location for the music festival held in Austin, Texas.

The star-packed line-up will feature the best and most buzzing acts across the African continent featuring the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Mr Eazi, Yemi Alade, Falz, Adekunle Gold, Simi, Sauti Sol, Efya, Nadia Nakai, Major League DJz, EL, Stanley Enow, Victoria Kimani, Seyi Shay, Samini, Khaligraph Jones, Anatii, Blinky Bill, Jojo Abot and many, many more.

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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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