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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.


"To continue this momentum, Bavent Street Live has partnered with Digiwaxx Media, OkayAfrica, and Soundcity to offer an unprecedented experience—Africa To The World, a 3 day showcase featuring over 35 talented African musicians, representing 8 African countries, and covering various genres of music including reggae, hip-hop, RnB, and kwaito. Not all music out of Africa is 'afrobeats' and indeed this showcase is a true cross section of what Africa's music is about."

See the full schedule for the Africa To The World showcase at SXSW below.

Update 3/14: Unfortunately Falz, Yemi Alade and Alternate Sound will not be performing any longer.

Additional media partners include Sound City and Black Medley Entertainment. Powered by Dark Continent Sound.

For media enquiries and partnership opportunities please email info@baventstreet.live

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The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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