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DC Artist Ikey Wants to “Go Outside”

by The Alchemist

Ikey is a Nigerian-American artist that current lives in the Washington DC area. Being raised in the city of Largos, Nigeria, he often draws influence for his songs in the underlying pain caused by poverty, and political unrest in the third world. Although he reminds us that at times things fall apart, his music is influenced by a special brand of hope, happiness and optimism felt by real people struggling to make it across each continent. Drawing distinct inspiration from the music of the African Diaspora, D.C.’s Go-Go Sound, and artists like Notorious B.I.G, Fela Kuti and Wyclef jean Ikey’s innovative records combine the streets of Lagos Nigeria, and Washington DC to bring them straight to your block.

His newest track is called, “Go Outside” and it is a melodic rap record that uses some beautiful piano chords matched with hard hitting 808’s. The thing that stands out the most to us on this track is the lyricism as his wordplay draws the listener in and will get caught in the listeners head very easily. The song describes a beautiful 70 degree, cool breeze Sunday afternoon, walking the beachfront with your significant other, brews in hands, getting lost in each other’s presence. Check out the track below, and check out our featured article about Ikey written by Hero Magnus.

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Betty Who, headliner of Kinetic Presents Pride Month event

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As a producer bringing some major events to Capital Pride this year, Zach Renovátes admits that he was keen to get Betty Who on the lineup. After having seen several of her live performances already, Renovátes knew the Australian would make a fine marquee addition to the “Kinetic Presents Candyland” event at Echostage June 10.

Fortunately, she was both available and interested.

“Something that I personally saw was that [Betty Who] is one of the most pro-LGBT singer-songwriters I’ve ever ever seen perform live,” Renovátes said, adding that the D.C. audiences at her concerts come largely from within the gay community. “So she absolutely knows that we as queer people make up a huge percentage of her fan base.”
The June 10 event is the main draw of a weekend of collaborations between Kinetic Presents and the Capital Pride Alliance in celebration of D.C. Pride 2023. Other big names who will play at various venues around the District include DJs Abel and Cindel, Dan Slater, as well as Jerac and Paulo Fragoso. It’ll be a pride-filled musical weekend indeed, with Echostage, Sax, Bunker and Bliss Nightclub hosting the pulsing sounds of revelry. And there’s also the big parade on June 10.

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