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Cameroonian Singer & Budding Beatmaker Danielle Eog Makedah's 'Here We Come'

Stream Cameroonian singer and up-and-coming beatmaker Danielle Eog Makedah's Dilla-influenced "Here We Come"


Though better known as a neo-soul, jazz and spoken word artist, Cameroonian singer Danielle Eog Makedah has been making beats for over a decade. What started under the influence of her then producer Mr Ndongo, aka DJ Str’Ss, soon developed into a second craft, as Makedah has now worked on beats for local artists including A.S.A.N. and Chelo. The singer and budding producer mentions that she’s motivated by the fact that she “wants to see the best African rappers and singers perform on a soulful beat” and that beatwork “infuses [her with a] different breath from the music [she] regularly does.”

As she tells it, Makedah created the beat for “Here We Come” when she “started composing in a regular manner once more after a brief hiatus.” The production contains samples from Al Jarreau’s “We Got By” amidst a steady drumbeat and highlights Makedah’s musical influences — Hocus Pocus, J Dilla, DJ Spinna, DJ Premier, DJ Str’Ss and Martin Sloveig. The beat builds off a piano key, which is interlaced with percussion and repetitive crooning background vocals as the rhythm intensifies. The track shows that Makedah isn’t afraid to go out of her comfort zone of singing to explore new territory and rediscover herself in the creative process.

Makedah’s 2013 album Peace Love & Light, highlights her fusion of soul, spoken word, jazz and hip-hop and includes collaborations with artists such as Shy FX, Christain Obam and Ayriq Akam. Read more about Makedah and other singers in our 5 Cameroonian Female Soul Artists You Should Know list from last year.

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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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