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Okayafrica Curates A Stage At 'Meet The Africa Center' In Harlem

Okayafrica curates a stage at the all day, all free 'Meet The Africa Center' extravaganza in Harlem, Saturday, September 20th.


This Saturday The Africa Center officially introduces itself to New York with an all-day, all FREE "Meet The Africa Center" extravaganza at the Africa Center's home in Harlem (5th Avenue at 110th Street). Okayafrica is excited to be curating a stage all day (11am-6pm) for the event, where you'll find DJ Birane (Côte d'Ivoire), DJ Underdog, and Rich Medina spinning tunes from all over the continent. Later in the day we'll have live performances from Sierra Leone's Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang (with special guest Bajah from Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew!), and we'll go out with a bang with Chop & Quench (The FELA! band). Hosting the stage all day is Sahr Ngaujah (star of FELA! on Broadway).

In addition to the Okayafrica Stage, the Africa Center will also have tons of incredible art on hand, including an installation from Nigerian sound artist Emeka Ogboh with some of his danfo bus as well as Beninese conceptual artist Meschac Gaba, dance by The Dance Theater of Harlem, and so much more. See below for more details on the event and follow the Africa Center on twitter and facebook.

The Okayafrica Stage At "Meet The Africa Center" Line Up:

DJ Birane: 11-12pm

DJ Underdog: 12-12:30pm

DJ Rich Medina: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang: 2:30pm-3:45pm

DJ Underdog: 3:45pm-4:45pm

Chop & Quench (the FELA! band): 4:45pm-6:00pm

* Chop & Quench (the FELA! band)

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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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The 19-track album, which includes features from Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley, Future, M.anifest, Jorja Smith, Jeremih and more, sees the buzzing Nigerian star delivering several addictive shades of his signature afro-fusion sound as he blends in influences from afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop, RnB and more.

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