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Fall Release Guide: 8 Albums We're Looking Forward To

Okayafrica's guide to upcoming fall releases in music from around Africa and the diaspora.


As the Western hemisphere summer comes to a close we look forward and take a look at the soundbytes to expect from the coming fall season. Below are eight upcoming fall releases that have us feeling particularly impatient in the earbuds, from the likes of Sarkodie, Olugbenga, Nigerian mystery man William Onyeabor and more!

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Artist: Sidi Touré

Album: Alafia [Thrill Jockey]

Release Date: September 17

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Artist: Sarkodie

Album: Sarkology

Release Date: September [*date unconfirmed]

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Artist: Oddisee

Album: The Beauty in All [Mello Music Group]

Release Date: October 1

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Artist: St. Lucia

Album: When the Night [Neon Gold/Columbia]

Release Date: October 8

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Artists: Tony Allen, ?uestlove, Baloji, Nneka, Spoek Mathambo, Just A Band, Zaki Ibrahim, Sinkane, Angelique Kidjo, Chance the Rapper...

Album: Red Hot + Fela

Release Date: October 15

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Artist: William Onyeabor

Album: Who is William Onyeabor? [Luaka Bop]

Release Date: October 29

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Artist: Olugbenga

Album: Silver Pixie EP [Pictures Music]

Release Date: October

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Artist: Keziah Jones

Album: Upcoming Keziah Jones Album

Release Date: November (*date is unconfirmed)

*Free Download of the first single "Afronewave" here.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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