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Beyoncé Is A(n African) Grown Woman

Africanization of Beyoncé Knowles: African influence on the new Beyoncé 'Grown Woman.'

Beyoncé Grown Woman video Live At Chime For Change

Beyoncé recently released a Timbaland-produced full studio version of "Grown Woman." While we suspected from the afrobeat percussion on the track and chanting courtesy of Guinea's Ismael "Bonfils" Kouyaté  (currently on the Fela! tour), that the next reinvention of Beyoncé might have African soul, we now have visual confirmation of an "Africanization of Beyoncé" with this performance at the Chime For Change benefit concert to support women's rights. Featured wearing a headwrap in the video's psychedelic visuals is former Fela! dancer and founder/director of Art Saves Lives, Nicole De Weever. Watch Beyoncé's tribute to Africa on her June 1st performance of "Grown Woman" 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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