Onstage in Central Park: Andra Day, Will.i.am and Wyclef
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Dance yourself clean.
By Libby Coleman
The music industry is no stranger to upheaval — think of all the surprise album drops, streaming platforms rising and falling, deaths of icons, local activism, globalization and nonstop genre crossing. At OZY, we’ve highlighted some of the music world’s best and brightest, from Nigerian hip-hop artists and the Parisian pop star who dresses like a nun to the petite, pregnant frontwoman of a Chinese punk rock band.
And now, OZY Fusion Fest is upon us. Will.i.am, founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, will hit the stage for a live set, pumping it pretty damn loud. Bask in the golden sounds of Wyclef Jean, the Haitian rapper who began his ascent with the Fugees. And who’s got Andra Day this weekend? We do. This icon in the making will play from her upcoming debut album (out in September). Trust us: You want to hear her voice.
Meanwhile, the gifted and talented BeatBox House will “boots and cats” their way into your heart. Members of the troupe include Gene Shinozaki (a Berklee College of Music dropout with incredible musical abilities who adds melody and harmony to his routines), Napom (second in the world in beatbox) and Kaila Mullady (the best female beatboxer in the world). They couldn’t be closer — especially since the New Yorkers live together.
And hailing from Colombia, two-time Latin Grammy-winning ChocQuibTown will perform. Back when the Afro-Colombian hip-hop wonders released their first album in 2006, they did so independently. It made a splash. By 2008, they signed to a label and got even more attention. The music of this brother, sister and husband trio is infectious and will make you dance. Join us.