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Africa's Premier Youth Culture Festival: STR.CRD 2013

Join Okayafrica at STR.CRD 2013 in Johannesburg. We'll be checking out the latest streetwear brands and music in South Africa.


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Ever since we got wind of Africa’s number 1 urban youth culture festival STR.CRD in 2011, we have been hooked; OKA will be gracing the event for the second time this year. STR.CRD has seen a significant growth over the past few years since its first installation in Cape Town back in 2010. This year the festival will be held on Johannesburg’s historic Constitution Hill on 26th- 29th of September. The event attracts urban culture enthusiasts, industry players as well as brands giving it a global appeal.

Thursday 26 September STR.CRD kicks off with M.O.S 2013 (Manual of Style), a curated fashion event showcasing all featured brands. Friday 27 September is booth opening evening, which will also serve as a trade evening where fashion buyers meet with brands to facilitate potential sales. Saturday 28 September is a cross pollination of ideas as various panel discussions take place featuring local and international speakers. Simultaneously on Saturday booths will be open to the public. Later on in the evening a music festival with an impressive artist line up including Benji B from the UK and Vic Crezee from Amsterdam will take place.

To "earn" your tickets to STR.CRD 2013 check out the flier below, or go to STRCRD.com.

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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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