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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair To Make Its US Debut During New York's Frieze Week

The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair comes to New York this summer during Frieze Week


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In just two years London's 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has grown to become one of the leading art gatherings showcasing the work of contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora on the international art market. With successful installments of the event in 2013 and 2014 solidifying the fair's place in the art world, 1:54's creator and director Touria El Glaoui (the daughter of well-known Moroccan painter Hassan El Glaoui) has announced that a pop-up edition of the fair will be taking place in New York City this spring in conjunction with Frieze New York. The NYC edition of the popular art gathering will be staged at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn from May 15-17 2015.

The 2014 fair, which took place last October at London's Somerset House  featured a number of contemporary artists whose works made our Best African Art of 2014 list including Senegalese fine arts photographer Omar Victor Diop, Nigerian audio-visual artist, Emeka Ogboh, Beninois mixed-media artist, Romuald Hazoumè, and Moroccan pop photographer Hassan Hajjaj. No exhibitors have been announced yet for the New York event, but you can keep up with everything 1:54-related on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The third annual 1:54 Contemporary Arts Fair will be held in London from October 15-18. Watch the video below for a recap of last year's fair.

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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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