Okayafrica | new cultural guide to all the latest music/culture/politics coming from Africa and the Diaspora.

Okayafrica quite simply represents Africa’s New Wave; with more than half the population in many African nations under 25, the bright continent is currently undergoing an explosion of vibrant new music, fashion, art and political expression. Okayafrica is the multi-faceted hub capturing the spirit of this unprecedented boom in youth culture, focusing on emerging and progressive artists, blending traditional aesthetics with a futurist lifestyle. Established Okayafrica web series include the Africa In Your Earbuds mixtapes–each mix curated by a breaking, critically acclaimed artist (tUnE-yArDs, Rich Medina, BLK JKS, Saul Williams & others)–and The Roots Of, a series tracing artists’ DNA back to the continent (Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Michael K Williams, Flying Lotus and others have already participated). For its Beta launch in July 2010, Okayafrica hosted The World Cup Finale party in Prospect Park, drawing over 20,000 people for a show featuring The Roots, Talib Kweli, and six new African artists (Blitz the Ambassador, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, Zakee, Janka Nabay, Dragons of Zynth, and cast members of FELA!). Okayafrica’s online store launched in conjunction with The Roots’ latest release undun in December 2011, and rolled out a new curated line in September of 2012.

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