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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Will Be Back in New York in 2017

Europe’s leading contemporary African art fair will return to New York City for a third time in May 2017. The organizers of 1:54 have revealed their plans to bring the fair back to Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn from Friday, May 5th, through Sunday, May 7th, 2017.


Curator Koyo Kouoh of the Dakar-based RAW Material Company will once again organize the fair’s education program, 1:54 FORUM.

“Both our New York and London editions of the fair in 2016 were overwhelmingly successful, and we could not be more excited to be returning to Pioneer Works for a third US edition,” 1:54’s Founding Director, Touria El Glaoui, said in a statement. “We look forward to sharing more information about artists and galleries participating in the 2017 edition early next year.”

Stay tuned for more news on 1:54 NY in the coming months and read our interviews with Phoebe Boswell and Fab 5 Freddy from the 2016 edition.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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