Video: Zakee – “Snakes”

 

Back in December, we introduced you to progressive afrobeat artist Zakee via his “Push The Power” video, which we still can’t stop bobbing around to.

This gorgeous new video for “Snakes” makes a great substitute for your media player’s “visualizations” function with it’s kaleidoscope overlays that are more than just a little entrancing. This stuff is like a techno tribal drum party on an echoey mountaintop. Brilliant.

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Video: Zakee – “Push The Power”

 

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Fusionist vocalist and producer Zakee brings together electronic, afro beat, hip hop, punk, and world sounds to create an uplifting brand of music. His “Push the Power” video is a choppy sequence of breezy scenes and a house party laid over the equally lighthearted track. If you dig TV On The Radio, you’ll want to hear this.

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Spotlight: New Talent from OkayAfrica

There is no one alive today that can deny the cultural contributions of Africa to modern day music across the entire globe. From artists such as the late Fela Kuti, on whose life the Award-winning Broadway musical Fela is based, to new emerging cosmopolitan artists such as  Nneka and K’Naan, the influence of African music is still heard today. Even Artists that you would not traditionally think of as African influenced, such as The Roots, whose new album might be the best to come out this year so far, can easily tell you how they have been touched and influenced by it. In fact so much so that a new branch of Okayplayer, appropriately named Okayafrica, was launched earlier this summer devoted exclusively to covering the latest cutting edge African Artists. Considering the great overlap in our communities, we thought it best if we gave you a little sample of what they offer. Check out a few of our picks after the jump.

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