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Ezra Collective at Field Day. Photo: Giles Smith.

You Need to Watch This London Jazz Band Play Fela Kuti

Ezra Collective recently played a special gig as they took on the king of afrobeat's catalog.

Ezra Collective are one of the bright lights coming out of London's flourishing new jazz scene.

The 5-piece outfit—which is made up of drummer Femi Koleoso, bassist TJ Koleoso, keyboardist Joe Armon Jones, trumpet player Dylan Jones, and James Mollison on saxophone—regularly cull from their afrobeat, hip-hop, and reggae influences to create something completely unique.

The group recently played a special gig as part of the Church of Sound series in which their afrobeat influences really showed as they took on the catalog of Fela Kuti.


Covering Fela is no easy task, and the band enlisted an additional crew of musicians & friends to help them deliver they're own energetic takes on the king of afrobeat's compositions.

"Since meeting 6 years ago, as friends, before dreams of writing our own music, what united us musically was our Iove for Fela Kuti. This was the tribute show that was always meant to happen," mentions drummer Femi Koleoso.

Watch a video from the concert below, captured by Three Shades, and catch the group on their upcoming European tour dates in July and August which you can check out in full here.

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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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