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Questlove Speaks On FELA!


Few stories are as inspiring as that of Fela “Anikulapo (he who wears death in his pouch)” Kuti. He lived life exactly as he wanted to, fighting against corruption, calling out oppressive regimes everywhere. He fought hard and, at his renowned club The Shrine, he partied hard, inspiring a generation of Nigerians to shake their yanch both literally and figuratively . You can live that life for a few hours too in the city that never sleeps (the musical is back on Broadway for a very limited run, July 9 through August 4. Grab tickets here.) and on that score, nobody is living for now like ?uestlove.

You already knew that el patrón really, really supports FELA! the musical. But in a current radio spot, the afro-lord broadcasts the immense effect FELA! had on him back when he saw it for the first time in 2008, reveals that he’s seen the show 15 times (!) and lists the only valid excuse for missing it's return to Broadway as "death." So he really likes it, is what we're saying to you. Listen to ?uesto’s endorsement below, and read his impassioned diatribe here.

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Stream: Questlove on FELA!

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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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