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First Listen: This All-Female South African EP Explores Love in All Forms

Jackie Queens gathers women musicians for this Women's Month special compilation.

SOUTH AFRICA–South African-based, Zimbabwean-born singer Jackie Queens believes in collaboration.


For her latest compilation, the 4-track GIRLS 2: The Love EP, she gathered Cape Town up-and-coming musicians such as Deslynn Malotana, Shannon Devy, Lana Crowster and Andy Mkosi for a soulful exploration of love in all its forms.

“This EP was a challenge to myself,” says Jackie. “To see how many wonderful women I could bring together in the spirit of collaboration and sisterhood. Often the perception is that women artists are competitive and divided. My reality is very different. I belong to a musical community where we cheer each other on and show up for our sisters in real life.”

The project, which was recorded at Red Bull Studios in Cape Town, includes diverse production from the likes of Muzi, Omak, Avenging Wind and Luka, which ranges from house, to electro, hip-hop and jazz, among other genres.

GIRLS 2: The Love EP is a follow-up to a song called “Girls,” which Jackie Queens released last year on Women’s Day. The song featured singers Deslynn Malotana and Bonj Mpanza, and thematically dealt with the realities of being a woman.

Jackie Queens is hoping this project will be annual, and, in the long run, will see her touring and performing with all the artists who contributed.

Listen to GIRLS 2: The Love EP below, and follow Jackie Queens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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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