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Okayafrica's Guide To SXSW 2014

Presenting Okayafrica's Guide to SXSW 2014 featuring showcases from Tinariwen, Young Fathers, Petite Noir, Afrikan Boy, Christian Tiger School, and more.


South By Southwest is nearly upon us (less than 1 week!!!). This year we're going down to Austin with tricks up our sleeves (4 to be exact). To recap: the cherry on top of the Okayplayer network-wide takeover of SXSW is a stacked to the tee bill that includes SA noir wave mastermind Petite Noir, Edinburgh's Scottish / Liberian / Nigerian art-rap trio Young Fathers, and Cape Town's Christian Tiger School (the beatmaking cornerstone of one of our favorite Player Xchanges to date). That's three Africa In Your Earbuds alums all in one night (like we said, cherry on top of SX for us). For FOMO's sake though, we'll be hitting the ground hard in between our own events. So in the spirit of tradition, we've sifted through South By's official showcase schedule, picking out our favorite artists across Africa and the diaspora that will be down in Austin next week. But before we get to that, there's two panels to note. The first is "Packed With Electronic Beats: Africa's Next Music Coming to America" (Thursday, March 13, 5-6pm). The second is "Africa's Mobile Music: A New Way of Listening" (Friday, March 14, 2-3pm). And now, without further adieu, Okayafrica presents 10 artists to catch (in alphabetical order) at this year's edition of SXSW.

* Denotes SXSW OFFICIAL showcase

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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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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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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Rema, J Hus, YoungstaCPT, Thutmose, N'veigh and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Miss South Africa Wants Men to Write Love Letters to Women to Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Unfortunately, there's nothing stopping abusive men from writing these love letters too.

South Africa's newly crowned Miss SA Zozibini "Zozi" Tunzi has launched a "HeForShe" campaign which aims to tackle the alarming rates of femicide and gender-based violence in the country. The campaign, which is in partnership with the South African arm of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), wants South African men to step up and join the collective fight against abuse. However, the campaign has been criticized by many because of the way in which it wants men to step—by writing love letters to women. The campaign has divided South Africans, particularly those on social media.

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