SXSWest Africa: Portraits Of Ice Prince, Sarkodie, R2bees, Samini & More

Portraits of Ice Prince, Sarkodie, R2bees, Samini and more from SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas

Photos: @solomonsfam

Last week we went down to Austin, Texas to witness West Africa's unprecedented invasion of SXSW firsthand. On Friday, Nigerian heavy-hitters Ice Prince and Emma Nyra joined Ghana's Sarkodie, R2Bees (aka cousins Faisal "Paedae da Parlem" Hakeem and Rashid Mugeez) and Samini in a packed-out room at the Austin Convention Center for the "Meet Africa's Leading Musicians" panel, hosted by comedian Eddie Kadi.

Later that night the whole gang — with the notable additions of Davido, Côte d’Ivoire’s Serge Beynaud, and DJ Spinall on the decks — brought Lagos and Accra to Austin's 6th Street for the first ever Sounds From Africa official showcase (produced by Rickie Davies PR, Winnie K Mgmt, and Coyah Productions). In what turned out to be the closest thing to a hot and sweaty West African nightclub SXSW has ever felt, the party saw Sarkodie and Ice Prince, arguably the two hardest emcees in Austin that night, on stage together to perform their "Shots On Shots" collaboration live. Meanwhile, superstar Davido closed out the night with a slew of his hits, including a "Dami Duro" sing-along.

While we were in Austin, Okayafrica TV caught up with a few of the artists on the roof of the Convention Center (more on this to come soon...), where NY-based photographer/filmmaker Garth von Glehn snapped some behind-the-scenes portraits of Ice Prince, Sarkodie, R2bees, Emma Nyra and DJ Spinall. Browse through a gallery of von Glehn's pictures above.

Naija history at #sxsw--@davidoofficial to close out the #soundsfromafrica showcase. #davido #damiduro

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