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Video: Mr Eazi On How He's Helping Young African Artists Grow

In 'Moments With: Mr Eazi,' the buzzing Nigerian star tells us about Banku music, being a serial entrepreneur, and how he's been pushing young African artists through his emPawa initiative.

Mr Eazi stopped by our offices in New York City during a packed round of promo around his new emPawa platform.

The Nigerian star sat down with OkayAfrica and spoke in-depth about his early days, how his friends all pooled money to help him get started, how his famous 'hat' look came about, the blend of Ghanaian & Nigerian sounds that make up Banku music and more recent things like collaboration with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Watch our Moments With video with Mr Eazi below.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Asa, Patoranking x Busiswa, $pacely, Vagabon, Shane Eagle 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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Magic System Performs a FREE show at SummerStage in Central Park on Sunday, July 28!

The celebrated Ivorian quartet will be joined by Smarty, Selma Uamusse and DJ Birane.

The Afropop quartet Magic System have been known for their high-energy performances since their founding in 1996 in Ivory Coast. This Sunday, the celebrated group will bring their "magical" vibes to NYC for a very special show at SummerStage in Central Park.

The group will perform songs from their extensive discography, which includes early hits like " Momo" from their debut album Papitou (1997) and the classic "1er Gaou," a remix of which–from French DJ & producer Bob Sinclar—helped break the group in France and ultimately, throughout Europe. They would later crack Billboard's European Top 100 with their 2006 LP Cessa Kié la Vérité. Their 2014 hit single "Magic in the Air" became a signature song of FIFA's World Cup.

They'll be joined by Burkinabe rapper Smarty, whose hit-making lyrics focus on societal issues facing the continent, Mozambican singer Selma Uamusse—a rising star whose musical talents span several soundscapes, from various African rhythms to soul and gospel, as well as Ivory Coast's DJ Birane.

The show is FREE to attend. See below for more information on the upcoming show, and don't miss out on seeing the legendary group in one of NYC's most iconic parks.


In Association with OkayAfrica
Sunday, July 28, 2019
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Doors open 2:00 pm)
For more information, please visit: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/magic-system/
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Photos: Mr Eazi, Efya and Blinky Bill Brought the Heat to SummerStage In NYC

Here's what went down at the unforgettable show this past Sunday.

Everyone knows that summer time in NYC means sun, rooftops, good times, and a plethora of memorable live shows and concert series.

This past Sunday was no different, as Nigeria's Mr Eazi, Ghanaian singer Efya and Kenya's own Blinky Bill put on an unforgettable show at SummerStage in Central Park.

With several fans and music lovers gathered at the venue for the free show, headliner Mr Eazi ran through standout tracks from Lagos to London Volumes 1 and 2 with heightened energy. He also performed his latest single "Supernova" for an excited and engaged crowd.

DJ Mahogany brought the Kenyan vibes in between sets as the artists prepared to grace the stage. The night also featured art by the talented, Dapo—we handed out 700 limited edition copies of his original poster art during the show.

Not only were the performances ones to remember—but the impeccably dressed crowd stole the show as well. Check out some of the action below, with pictures from Apmworld.

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