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AML 083: #OneAfricaMusicFest — The Unstoppable Rise of Afrobeat Music in America


On July 22nd, 2016, 15,000+ people mostly of African and Caribbean heritage gathered at The One Africa Music Fest, held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, to make history. It was the first time that an African musical festival took place on such grand scale; and it comes on the heels of what is a resurgence of Afrobeat music (made popular by Fela in the 1960s) in the West.

Produced by Paul Okoye of Upfront & Personal, a talent and events management company, and streamed through Jay-Z’s Tidal platform, the festival featured live performances from Africa’s biggest and brightest stars such as Wizkid, Davido,  Stonebwoy, Diamond Platnumz, Flavour, Tiwa Savage and more.

On this 83rd of episode of The Africa Music Law Show, Ms. Uduak, host, discusses the event, and takes us through a brief history of what is an unstoppable rise of Afrobeat music in America. Indeed, Jamaicans (Reggae, Dancehall reggae), Indians (Bhangra), Puerto ricans and Spanish people in general (Reggaeton, Zumba) have had their own contemporary music renaissance. It is now Africa’s time.

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Hosted by California based Fashion & Entertainment Lawyer Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak), The Africa Music Law show is a show empowering the African artist through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews. The show has been downloaded over 100,000 times and made iTunes top 4 ‘New & Noteworthy.’ Subscribers include Africa & hollywood’s power executives, investors, lawyers, artists and other industry stakeholders. The blog itself has been cited in a U.S. top-ranked law school’s ‘International Law Review’ journal. Country demographic: Nigeria (26%), USA (23%), UK (15%), UAE (7%), and Other (29%). 

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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