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Lamin Fofana Shares 'Another World,' An EP About African Migration In The Mediterranean

Brooklyn-based Sierra Leonean electronic producer Lamin Fofana shares 'Another World,' an EP about the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.


Brooklyn-based Sierra Leonean electronic producer Lamin Fofana is sharing the self-released Another World. The new 3-track EP is lead by "Lampedusa," a billowing production about the ongoing Mediterranean migration crisis built on a minimalist synthesizer melody. It also includes the atmospheric title track "Another World" and upbeat closer "Plume (Realist Mix)."

"With this piece, I want to convey a certain mood, a feeling of being adrift at sea somewhere between catastrophe and paradise," Lamin explains via e-mail. "We live in a complex world today, and depending on the lens you look through, the possible futures shift. The future can look dim and uncertain - because at the present things are not going so well for the people of planet earth."

"I was thinking of the thousands of African migrants braving winter storms and twenty foot waves in overcrowded rickety vessels crossing the Mediterranean Sea and hoping to reach Europe, while European governments are deliberately letting them drown or locking them up to deter others from coming. It's depressing and shameful what's going on."

Stream and purchase Lamin Fofana's Another World EP below, available now through bandcamp.

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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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