Ibeyi Perform A Soulful Rendition Of 'River' On VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live

Watch French-Cuban twin duo Ibeyi perform "River," a track from their self-titled debut album, on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.

Currently on tour in support of their XL Recordings debut album, French-Cuban twin duo Ibeyi (Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz) stopped by VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live to perform their song "River." Like the recorded version of the track, this live rendition features stuttered beats and airy background effects, though the sisters seem to have a bit more fun with the song as they sing the haunting words with a certain looseness. The duo keep the underlying seriousness of "River" but, with their pure smiles, they give the song a joy and near playfulness. Ibeyi also spoke with Big Morning Buzz Live hosts Nick Lachey and Michelle Buteau in a short interview, explaining the music video behind "River" and how their relationship as sisters plays into their roles as musicians. Watch Ibeyi perform "River" on Big Morning Buzz Live, and their interview with Lachey and Buteau, below. For more from Ibeyi, revisit their 'Day Out' record shopping with Okayafrica TV in NYC.


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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