Win Tickets to Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 w/ Rich Medina at Highline

New Yawkers! Seun Kuti and his father's Egypt 80 will be touching down in your vicinity this Sunday 4/8 for a night of afrobeat stompers. Following the release of — our top LP of 2011 choice — From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun will be performing at Highline Ballroom with none other than veteran selector Rich Medina and Zozo Afrobeat. Tickets are available now. Plus you know we got the hook-up, so Okayafrica will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this incredible show. See details, and remaining tour dates, below!



4/4 – Variety – Atlanta, GA

4/5 – Duke Performances – Durham, NC

4/6- Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

4/7 – Club Helsinki – Hudson, NY

4/8 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

4/12 – UW Madison – Madison, WI

4/13 – Rhythm Foundation – Miami, FL

4/14 – The Cedar – Minneapolis, MN

4/15 – Coachella – Indio, CA

4/16 – Campbell Hall – Santa Barbara, CA

4/18 – UC San Diego – San Diego, CA

4/19 – Zellerbach Hall – Berkeley, CA

4/20 – UCLA Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA

4/22 – Coachella – Indio, CA

4/24 – KTAOS Solar Center – Taos, NM

4/25 – Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM

4/27 – New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, LA

4/29 – Houston International Festival – Houston, TX

5/2 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

5/13 – Lake Eden Arts Festival – Black Mountain, NC


Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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