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Blackfoot Phoenix's 'Dark & Lovely Global Roots' Mixtape

In preparation for a tour of South Africa, Boiler Room/NTS Live collaborative Dark & Lovely Global Roots share a mix from Blackfoot Phoenix.


Dark & Lovely Global Roots is a collaborative effort between Boiler Room co-founder Thris Tian and Blackfoot Phoenix, who run a weekly show under the same name on the London-based online radio station NTS Live. As DJs and musical curators, both Thris Tian and Blackfoot Phoenix have earned a much praised reputation for their broad range of tastes influenced by sounds from all over the world and an incredible ability to blend it all together seamlessly. Thris Tian, who now serves as the Lead Programmer/A&R for Boiler Room, got his start as an apprentice for kindred world-traveler Gilles Peterson at his record label Brownswood Recordings before moving on to help create one of the internet's most succesful platforms for underground and forward-thinking music. Blackfoot Phoenix also serves as a key programmer for Boiler Room, after being first brought in to fill the role of video producer and quickly garnering attention for his natural eclecticism and versatility as a DJ who's performed in cities across the globe – from Shanghai to Tel Aviv.

The well-traveled duo will soon be embarking on a short tour of DJ gigs in South Africa, from July 16 to July 19, with support from a wide array of acts including Christian Tiger School, Spoek Mathambo, DJ Zharp Zharp aka Okmalumkoolkat, Jumping Back Slash, DJ Spoko and Sibot. In preparation for what will surely be an exciting trip, Blackfoot Phoenix of Dark & Lovely Global Roots shares with us an hour-long mix of some his favorite African tunes. Stream and download his mix, plus view the full tracklist as well as the tour dates for Dark & Lovely Global Roots' visit to South Africa underneath.

Tracklist

Domenique Dumont - La Bataille de Neige

Amara Touré - Salamouti

Christian Tiger School - Mikro Brothers

Christian Tiger School - Damn January (feat. Okmalumkoolkat)

Teme Tan - Amethys

K.O. - Caracara (feat. Kid X)

DJ Vigilante - Sorry Makhe (feat. L-Tido, KiD X, Maggz, Yanga)

Joey B - Tonga (feat. Sarkodie)

Kwamz & Flava - Wo Onane No

Patoranking - My Woman, My Everything (feat. Wandecoal)

Major League - Slyza Tsotsi (feat. Riky Rick.Cassper Nyovest.Okmalumkoolkat & Carpo)

Nozinja - Vomaseve Hina

Wizkid - Show You the Money

Tekno Miles - Dance

Boddhi Satva - My Heart [Ancestral Soul Mix] (feat. Nelson Freitas)

Steloo & Yaw P - Fashion Statement

Kid X - Cooler Bag

DJ Silvamax - Spank Groovers

Pearson Sound - Six Congas

Mim Suleiman - ?

KH - TEXT022

Esnard Boisdur Vs Frankie Francis & Simbad - Soufwans (3AM Mix)

DJ Malvado - Atchu Tchutcha [2nd Round Mix] (feat. Yuri Da Cunha)

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band - Gyae Su

Cuebur - Shimza's Favourite

Bhabha Betasweet - Ghosthunters

DJ Silvamax - Ighost Yase Spank Ne Havanna (feat. Quinton Da DJ)

Nigga Fox - L.X.M.B. Angolano

Nigga Fox - L.X.M.B. Nao faz isso ll

DJ Nedwyt Fox - Grandes Invejosos

DJ Firmeza - Somos Todos Malucos

Nidia Minaj - Pra Fechar

DJ Marfox - Take Off

DJ Marfox - Noise

DJ Marfox - Banda 52

DJ Marfox - Bit (Binary Digit)

DJ Marfox - Lucky Punch

Jean-Marie Bolangassa - Disna Ngaï

Débruit - Akoula

Kwabena Kwabena - Adult Musik (Instrumental)

Nozinja - Nwanga

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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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