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Video: The Festival in the Desert + Tinariwen Private Performance

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Last night OKA was invited by the filmmakers of the Essakane Film to attend their fundraiser/cocktail party at The Players Club in NYC. The film documents the making of the most remote music festival in the world, The Festival in the Desert - watch the trailer here. Manny Ansar, the director of the festival, was kind enough to answer a few questions about the magic of music in the desert and the increasing difficulty of travel to the festival. We're definitely looking forward to the forthcoming film!

Below, members of the legendary Tuareg band, Tinariwen perform with JeConte on harmonica for the room of 40 people (!!!). 56 seconds into the video, Ansar accidentally bumps our camera as he takes a seat on the floor next to us. Needless to say, we had the best spot in the house! Stay tuned for OKA TV's official Tinariwen video coming soon!

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

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