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Watch Blood Orange's Dreamy Tiny Desk Concert

The singer preforms tracks from his critically acclaimed 2018 album 'Negro Swan" for the NPR concert series.

British-Sierra Leonean singer and songwriter, Dev Hynes also known as Blood Orange is the latest artist to bless NPR's Tiny Desk.

The artist released the critically acclaimed album Negro Swan last August, which explored themes of "black depression, black existence and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color," said the artist.

The artist took his unique talents to the popular concert series, performing a calming 20-minute set backed by singers Eva Tolkin and Ian Isiah as well as Jason Arce on saxophone.


The many highlights of the session include a soulful cover of the gospel legends', The Clark Sisters' "Holy Will" about halfway through the set, and a passionate spoken word performance from Ashlee Haze about feminist thought and falling in love with herself through the music of Missy Elliot, which she delivers at the end of the opening track "By Ourselves," from Hynes' 2016 album Freetown Sound.

The set list also includes the tracks "Jewelry" and "Dagenham Dream"—the final song the sees the multi-instrumentalist hop on the organ to close out an incredibly ethereal performance.

Check out the dreamy performance below. Negro Swan is now available everywhere.

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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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