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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.


Afrikan Boy

Hyper-motivated Nigerian Londoner Afrikan Boy is heading to Austin next week on the heels of another victory lap via his Seye/Johan Hugo (The Very Best) collab "Dear Mama." This year's edition marks a SX debut for the grimey-spitting YAM mastermind.

*Tuesday, March 11

Presented by: International Hip Hop

Red 7 (611 E 7th St)

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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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Michael Kiwanuka Pays Homage to the Black Liberation Movements of the '60s In New Video 'Hero'

The artist's latest single references some of his personal heroes including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Tupac Shakur and more.

British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka drops another single ahead of the release of his forthcoming album, KIWANUKA.

In "Hero" the singer pays homage to the Black Power and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s and 70s. The music video, directed by CC Wade references several Black leaders and some of the artist's personal heroes including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King Jr., Sam Cooke, Tupac Shakur, Marvin Gaye and more. It also depicts the FBI's often illegal efforts to stop Black movements and other anti-establishment groups through its Counterintelligence Program, as noted in Rolling Stone.

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Listen to Bongeziwe Mabandla’s New Single ‘Jikeleza’

Bongeziwe Mabandla shares new optimistic single.

"Jikeleza" is South African folk musician Bongeziwe Mabandla's latest single. The song, which is sung in IsiXhosa like most of the man's work, speaks on love giving us life.

"It is about our universal need to connect," says Bongeziwe in a press release. "It is about the togetherness in people and about the things that bind us and make us the same."

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