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Young Fathers To Headline Malawi's Lake Of Stars Festival

Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers are set to headline the 2015 Lake Of Stars festival in Mangochi, Malawi.


Young Fathers Red Bull Corner To Corner in Soweto (Photo: Sims Phakisi)

After heading out on their first ever South African tour last month, 2014 Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers are now set to return to the Continent in September for Lake Of Stars in Malawi. The three-day, three-stage festival, which began in 2003, is set to go down September 25-27 at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi. We're still waiting for a full lineup, but so far other confirmed artists include Naija's Ric Hassani ("Dance Dance Baby Dance"), and Malawi's Gwamba, Danny Kalima, and George Kalukusha.

Artists interested in performing at this year's festival can apply by downloading an application form here and sending it to talent@lakeofstars.org by April 24th.

Tickets for those located on the continent are available for purchase here, and for the rest of the world here. Keep up with the festival on Twitter and Facebook, and stay tuned for more on YF soon. The group's sophomore album, White Men Are Black Men Too, is due out April 7 on Big Dada. For more, listen to their most recent singles "Shame" and "Rain Or Shine," and watch them catch up with Okayafrica TV down in Austin, Texas, for SXSW 2014 below.

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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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