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Audio: Zaki Ibrahim 'Conjure' [Jumping Back Slash Remix]

South Africa's remix master Jumping Back Slash lends his touch to a house rework of Zaki Ibrahim's 'Conjure' track, off her 2012 album 'Every Opposite' - to excellent results.


South Africa's Jumping Back Slash is back on his remix grind heavy, this time hitting us with a dub version of fellow SA-er Zaki Ibrahim's track "Conjure" from her 2012 album Every Opposite. JBS' reworking of "Conjure" replaces the sweeping synths of the original with a thumping uptempo house sound, a move that shows the producer's skill in turning a track on its head while not losing sight of the original.

The producer's deep bass sound brings some weight to Ibrahim's earthy and soft vocals, creating a dub that's both heavy and airy at the same time — a perfect complement. We're not surprised that a joint effort between these two would produce such fireworks, though, considering JBS is the man responsible for the reworking of Brandy + Monica's 90s hit "The Boy Is Mine" for his Boy EP, or that Ibrahim's video "Go Widdit" lander her a spot on Okayafrica's Best Videos of 2012 list for its awesome graphic treatment of the track. Get your Friday afternoon going with a free download of Jumping Back Slash's Deeper Dub remix of Zaki Ibrahim's 'Conjure' below.

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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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