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"OKAYAFRICA - contributors and writers wanted!"



Hello Okayplayers!

We are on the cusp of launching a new brand in tangent to Okayplayer called OKAYAFRICA! As you can imagine from the name, OKAYAFRICA is set to be our African channel – we aim to become the hub for everything new and fresh coming out of the continent and the Diaspora. The idea is simple. Most places you find on the web that deal with African music focus on traditional world music. OKAYAFRICA, on the other hand, will highlight everything new, cutting edge, and progressive - music that's fusing more traditional African rhythms and melodies with hip hop, electronic music, indie rock, reggae and more. Think K'naan, Nneka, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, Blitz the Ambassador, The BLK JKS, The Very Best and more.

As we begin to seed content for this new endeavor, we are searching to increase our writing team. We are interested in writers who'd like to blog, conduct interviews and features with artists, write editorial pieces, and more. Although our focus will be new music, we will also touch upon politics, fashion, arts and culture, and more general lifestyle pieces. There is the potential for short film or photo pieces too. Finally, there will also be opportunities to report on live shows, and events (with free entrance, of course).

If you are interested in beefing up your resume, love writing, and are interested in African music and culture, consider writing for OKAYAFRICA. Please contact us if you are interested. BE SURE TO SUBMIT 2-3 WRITING SAMPLES. These should be short written pieces, reviews or sample reviews, and can be about any music or subject you’d like. They should be no more than 400 words each, preferably shorter. Feel free to submit blog posts too, and links to anything you've published online.

If you've never written before, but are interested and would like to write for our site, please choose 3 albums and try writing up album reviews. Please send all writing samples to We will choose writers by the top of July, and everyone will hear back from us. We may contact you sooner.

Please keep in mind that we have no budget for writers, and unfortunately cannot pay. However, we can offer you a golden letter of recommendation, a choice career move for your resume, great experience (free music!), and ROOTS TICKETS (along with other OKP artist concerts when the opportunity arises) whenever we can possibly hook you up.

***REMEMBER TO email us,, with:

Your FULL NAME (1st and last)
Your EMAIL address (one you check frequently please)
Your OKP handle (if you have one)
2-3 WRITING SAMPLES ATTACHED as separate documents (preferably Word docs or plain text documents)


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