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Sapeurs Square Off In Fredy Massamba's 'Nkembo'

Congolese crooner Fredy Massamba's 'Nkembo' video pays tribute to La SAPE in its boxing ring-filmed fashion square off.


On the heels of his soul-fused sophomore full-length, socially conscious Congolese crooner Fredy Massamba has unveiled the dapperly styled video to "Nkembo." The Makasi standout, a nod to early 2000s crossovers, offers a dose of infectiously appealing R&B in its updated spin on Santana's "Maria Maria." The sapeur-themed video sees Brazzaville's best dressed square off in a boxer's take on the runway. Watch La SAPE in Fredy Massamba's "Nkembo" video below and listen to the track in its original form featuring heavy-hitting bars from Kenya's Muthoni The Drummer Queen. Makasi is out now via Skinfama/Musicast.

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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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