Moroccan Gnawa Legend Hassan Hakmoun To Return From 12 Year Hiatus With 'Unity'

After a 12 year hiatus and only 3 days in the recording studio, Moroccan Gnawa legend Hassan Hakmoun is back with the forthcoming 'Unity.'

After a twelve year hiatus from the studio, Gnawa musician Hassan Hakmoun is set to release his latest album Unity this April. Outside the studio, the master sintir player– who first picked up the Morrocan three-stringed bass lute aged 4– has been raking in mean international touring cred (you can peep his live set at NYC's 2014 globalFEST over here). The upcoming electric-sintir heavy album, recorded in just three days, spotlights an upbeat take on traditional gnawa music. Hakmoun collaborated with bassist Yossi Fine (formerly of Excentric Soundsystem) on the record. Ahead of the release comes the video for the groove heavy "Soutinbi," which you can watch below. Look out for Hassan Hakmoun's Unity April 12th via his own Healing Records.


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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