Events

Okayafrica & Digiwaxx Present Just A Band, Rafiya, Ayoinmotion, Gyptian + More At SXSW 2015

Just A Band, Rayifa, Ayoinmotion, Gyptian and many more will perform at Okayafrica & Digiwaxx's SXSW 2015 showcase.


Okayafrica and Digiwaxx are proud to present The Blast, a one-night official showcase at SXSW 2015. The event, which will go down at Austin's Speakeasy Kabaret on March 19, will feature a standout 'Out Of Africa Music Experience' line-up featuring Nairobi electronic pop outfit Just A Band, Lagos/NYC rapper Ayoinmotion, DRC-born afro-soulstress Rafiya, Kenya-via-DMV's King Kanja, and Nigeria's Laolu Senbanjo. In addition, the night will boast performances by Jamaican dancehall star GyptianRico Love, Charles HamiltonSnootie Wild, Kevin Ross and more! Check out all the info for The Blast in the flyer above and watch Just A Band's video for "Huff + Puff" below to get acquainted with the night's sounds. Special thanks to Brenda M. of MyDaraja LLC. You can enter 'The Blast' showcase with a SXSW badge or a $15 entry fee.

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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