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Brooklyn’s National Sawdust To Spotlight Ghanaian & Kenyan Creatives With A Special Night Of ‘Afripedia’

Sunday, November 15, Brooklyn’s National Sawdust will host a special 'Afripedia' event with a spotlight on Ghanaian and Kenyan creatives.

Ghanaian singer/songwriter and motorcyclist Noella Wiyaala in Accra. (Photo courtesy of Afripedia)


Afripedia is a platform dedicated to art, film, photography, fashion, design, music and contemporary culture from African creatives worldwide. Launched last year by the Swedish production collective Stocktown Films, the project’s first venture is a five-part documentary series.

Shot in Kenya, Ghana, Angola, South Africa and Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, each Afripedia episode follows a group of artists in their respective creative scenes, like kuduro’s reigning queen Titica and all-around provocateur Nástio Mosquito in Luanda, fashion and photography phenoms Omar Victor Diop, Selly Raby Kane and Paul Sika in Dakar and Abidjan and the video game streetwear empire 2Bop and the DIY style collective The Smarteez in Cape Town and Soweto.

In the show’s Kenyan episode, we’re introduced to the likes of sci-fi political 3D animator Andrew Kaggia, futuristic-afro-indie-funk group Just A Band, the ever-inventive visual artist Cyrus Kabiru and African Digital Art‘s Barbara Muriungi.

In Ghana, we meet the likes of Afrogallonism performance artist Serge Attukwei Clottey, the Circus Ghana bike collective, singer and stylist Jojo Abot, filmmaker Akosua Adoma and musician and motorcyclist Noella Wiyaala.

Next Sunday, Brooklyn’s new artist-led, non-profit venue, National Sawdust, will host a special Afripedia event with a spotlight on Nairobi and Accra's creatives. The night will consist of screenings of the Kenyan and Ghanaian Afripedia episodes and live musical performances by Jojo Abot and Just A Band's Blinky Bill–both of whom will join Afripedia founders and filmmakers Senay Berhe and Teddy Goitom in a conversation moderated by Society HAE founder and creative director Ngozi Odita.

Stocktown Films x National Sawdust presents Afripedia on Sunday, November 15, at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York (80 North 6th Street). For tickets and more information, head to nationalsawdust.org.

Interview

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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