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Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela's '20 Years Of Freedom' North American Tour

To honor South African democracy, SA music legends Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela will go on a North American tour in February-March 2015.


This February and March, South African musical legends Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela will embark on 20 Years of Freedom, a North American tour celebrating the twentieth anniversary of South African democracy and the end of apartheid. The renowned trumpeter/flugelhornist/singer Masekela and "The Voice" Mahlasela (who played at Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994) have performed together in the past but 20 Years of Freedom is their first tour together. Backed by an all-star quintet, Masekela and Mahlasela will share the stage throughout the entire show, performing many of their own classics, as well as South Africa's Freedom Songs. See the full tour dates below and watch a 1987 video of Masekela performing "Bring Him Back Home" below.

20 Years of Freedom Tour Dates:

Feb 18 @ Kupferberg Center For The Arts - Queens, NY

Feb 20 @ South Orange Performing Arts Center - South Orange, NJ

Feb 21 @ Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre - Philadelphia, PA

Feb 22 @ Lisner Auditorium - Washington, DC

Feb 24 @ John Hancock Hall - Boston, MA

Feb 25 @ Mccarter Theatre - Princeton, NJ

Feb 27 @ Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL

Feb 28 @ Koerner Hall - Toronto, ON

Mar 01 @ London Music Hall - London, ON

Mar 03 @ Englert Theatre- Iowa City, IA

Mar 05 @ Center For Faith & Life - Decorah, IA

Mar 06 @ Wisconsin Union Theater - Madison, WI

Mar 07 @ Ordway Center For The Performing Arts - St. Paul, MN

Mar 09 @ John Van Duzer Theatre - Arcata, CA

Mar 10 @ Mondavi Center for The Performing Arts - Davis, CA

Mar 11 @ Zellerbach Auditorium at UC Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

Mar 13 @ Univ. of California - Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA

Mar 14 @ Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

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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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