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Ghanaian 'Afro-Hypno-Sonic' Singer Jojo Abot's 'Fyfya Woto' EP

Jojo Abot shares her 4-track 'Fyfya Woto' EP, a conceptual work that tells the forbidden love story of a young Ghanaian woman.


Jojo Abot tells the forbidden love story of a young Anlo woman in her 4-track conceptual EP Fyfya Woto. The EP follows the fictional, title character Fyfya during the time of slavery as she's "caught in a comprising position with her Caucasian lover... and brought before a tribunal at which she must save not only herself but also her lover," the Ghanaian 'afro-hypno-sonic' singer explains.

The four songs on the EP chronicle Fyfya's tale as Jojo delivers Ewe and English vocals over lightly reggae-tinged experimental beat compositions. “Fyfya Woto is a rewrite of my grandmother's name which essentially means 'new discovery or find'," Jojo writes, "but I believe in order to be discovered one must already exist. She exists, we are only now getting to know her for ourselves. The EP delves into matters related to family, tradition, duty, love, freedom, slavery and of course gossip but most importantly it highlights a woman's right to choose even at the high cost of losing both life and freedom."

Stream Jojo Abot's Fyfya Woto EP, recorded in Copenhagen with co-producer Jonas Rendbo, below and purchase it through bandcamp. Jojo Abot is throwing an EP release show tonight at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall, see all the show details in the flyer underneath.

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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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