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Shangaan Electro Pioneer Nozinja's New Album 'Nozinja Lodge' Is Streaming In Its Entirety

Stream Shangaan Electro mastermind Nozinja's lighting-speed 'Nozinja Lodge' LP, his 10-track debut album on Warp Records.


Shangaan electro mastermind Nozinja is sharing the full stream of Nozinja Lodge, his debut album on Warp Records. In the typical style of his South African-bred dance genre, Nozinja's new LP presents 10 tracks of lighting-fast 189 BPM drum machines sequences and sped-up vocal samples with nods to Tsonga disco, kwaito and, always, traditional shangaan music.“Warp made me up my game, they gave me a big challenge to match their brand,” the producer states about his new label. “They treat me like a king, and I have to produce music like a queen so that it can match.”

The album's lead single "Tsekeleke" already made it onto our top music videos of 2014 list and, with additional standouts like the recent "Xihukwani," Lodge looks to be a strong contender for one of the albums of the year. Stream Nozinja's Nozinja Lodge below in its entirety via The Guardian and pre-order it on Bleep and iTunes. Catch the shangaan electro pioneer at this upcoming European tour dates, listed underneath.

>>>Stream Nozinja's Nozinja Lodge In Its Entirety via The Guardian

Nozinja Tour Dates

16 July Bitterzoet Amsterdam, Netherlands

17 July Melt! Festival 2015 Gräfenhainichen, Germany

19 July Dour Festival 2015 Dour, Belgium

22 July Barbican Centre London, UK

23 July Barbican Centre London, UK

24 July Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK

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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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