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'Africa39' Short Story Anthology Book Launch In NYC

The NYC book launch for short story anthology 'Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara' is March 3rd at Columbia University.


Next Tuesday, March 3rd, the Wales-based Hay Festival and African literature website Afridiaspora are presenting the New York City book launch of Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara, an anthology of short stories by 39 writers under the age of 40 from sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora. The collection comprises work by such authors as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dinaw Mengestu, and Taiye Selasie, and features a preface by Nobel Prize-winning playwright/poet Wole Soyinka. The book launch will be moderated by Afridiaspora.com founder and managing editor Nana-Ama Kyerematen, and will feature a reading/discussion by the anthology's editor Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and two writers featured in the collection, Nana Ekua Brew Hammond and Caine Prize winner Tope Folarin. Head to the event's facebook page for more details.

Africa39 NYC Book Launch

March 3, 2015

Columbia University, Teacher’s College (525 West 120th Street)

Macy Hall 263

New York, NY 10027

7 – 9PM

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

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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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