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Black Coffee x Hugh Masekela "We Are One" + 'The Djoon Experience' Album Preview

South African producer Black Coffee drops "We Are One," a track featuring Hugh Masekela from the forthcoming tribute album to Paris nightclub Djoon.


When it comes to cross-genre collaborations, sometimes it takes a really special place of inspiration to get the magic going, which is precisely the case with "We Are One," the newest house offering from  South African producer Black Coffee's alongside trumpet pioneer Hugh Masekela featured in BBE Records' forthcoming tribute to Paris nightclub Djoon. As it tends to be the case with legendary places and events, some nightclubs encapsulate a scene and era so well that producers and club-goers alike can spend decades trying to recreate the special vibe they encountered there — for the past 10 years Djoon has been that such place, bringing New York soul heads out on the same dancefloor with afro-house South Africans with its impeccably-curated mix of genres and global rhythms. In an attempt to recreate the special vibe perfected by Djoon for Parisian audiences in album format, South African house producer Black Coffee and Nuyorican soul producer Joe Claussell have compiled and mixed The Djoon Experience — an album spanning 2 discs and over a decade of rare Afro-Latin inspired house grooves. "We Are One" is the first track from the mix, and if its any indication of what to expect from the rest of the collection, we are prepared to book our tickets to Paris immediately after copping. Listen to "We Are One" below, and be on the lookout for The Djoon Experience on BBE Records out later this summer.

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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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