Events

'William Onyeabor Week!' Worldwide

Luaka Bop + Smooth and Good Club in partnership with Okayafrica present 'William Onyeabor Week!' Worldwide starting Thursday October 24th.


We've teamed up with our friends Luaka Bop and the now legendary Smooth and Good Club in presenting 'William Onyeabor Week! ' worldwide. Beginning Thursday, October 24th, appreciation for the music of Nigeria's electro-funk originator William Onyeabor will circle the globe. The result will be a ten-city circuit, with almost twenty parties and nearly 50 artists involved in celebrating the release of Onyeabor's music — a five year undertaking, 30 years after its original release in Nigeria.

Among those celebrating the music of our favorite mystery-man are Nigerian producer IKON, Sonic Youth's very own Steve Shelley, Japanese experimental artist OorutaichiDaedelus, Mathieu SchreyerAuntie Flo, members of Gang Gang Dance & Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and many more (full list of artists detailed below). Dub-pop-psych duo Peaking Lights, who will be joining us in Los Angeles, eloquently summed up the three weeks of smooth and good times to come:

"William Onyeabor's music is like riding on a wave of smooth jelly and swimming in a sweet sea of funky delights! There is something about it you can't shake because its already grabbed a hold of you and is making your ass shake - you gotta move, you gotta groove and you just feel it with your 'body and soul'. Come celebrate with us and see for yourself."

Check out the dates below and support William Onyeabor by pre-ordering the album as well as t-shirts, posters, + more over at the OKP shop. Stay tuned for more Onyeabor goodness on OKA throughout the festivities.

HEAD TO FACEBOOK FOR DETAILS ON EACH CITY'S PARTY.

>>>RSVP HERE FOR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WORLDWIDE DATES

10/24 PARIS - Le Comptoir General

With; Sofrito, Joakim, Superfly, Pilooski, Secousse

10/24 STOCKHOLM – Sodra Bar

With; Peter Morén's Onyeaborians, Ok Star Orchestra, Tight Silk, Miriam Pemberton (Holodisc), Karl Jonas Winqvist (First Floor Power), & Gavin Maycroft (Oma333) in collaboration with Mother

10/25 LONDON – Rough Trade & After party at Ridley Road Market Bar

With; Thris & Nic (Boiler Room), DJ Fitz, Duncan Brooker (Strut, Nigeria 70), Barry's Lounge

10/26 NEW YORK - Buka Nigerian Restaurant & After party at Doris (Brooklyn)

With; Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance), Tim Koh (Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti)

10/26 BERLIN - Oye Records & Humboldthain Club

With; Auntie Flo, Lee Douglas, Eli Pavel, Nomad & Vulkandance Berlin, Kalakuta Soul Soundsystem

10/29 - LOS ANGELES - No Vacancy

With; Peaking Lights, Turquoise Wisdom, Mathieu Schreyer, Hunee, Lovefingers, Secret Circuit in collaboration with Ana Calderon

10/30 TOKYO - Forestlimit

With; Daedelus, Oorutaichi, Masaaki Hara, Frosty in collboraton with Dublab.jp

10/31 OSLO – Studio Two

With; Rune Lindbaek, VJ Arminwerx, Selectah X, Fred B

11/1 MANCHESTER – Piccadilly Records

With; Illum Sphere, Jon K in collaboration with Hoya Hoya

11/16 LAGOS– Bogobiri House

With; IKON (SDC) & Ade Fakile (Plastic People, London)

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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