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Shangaan Electro Pioneer Nozinja's First Trip To NYC [Okayafrica TV]

South African Shangaan electro producer Nozinja visits New York City for the first time in promotion of his Warp Records debut.


When Shangaan electro pioneer Nozinja travelled to New York City for the first time ever last month, Okayafrica TV was on hand to document the historic trip. The South African producer, who made his Warp Records debut on June 1, says that what he wanted to do most in New York was showcase his Shangaan culture. "Anything that we do when we're excited, the first thing that comes to our mind is to dance," the Limpopo-born artist says about his people. Decked in traditional bright colors and joined by his three-person Shangaan dance team, Nozinja brought his lightning-speed 189 BPM productions to Brooklyn for Red Bull Music Academy's Electronic Africa alongside Pretoria's 'Bacardi House' mastermind DJ Spoko and Angolan kuduro superstar Titica, as well as New York landmarks like Washington Square Park and the Empire State Building. Below, Okayafrica TV presents Nozinja's first trip to NYC. For more, watch the producer's recent computer-generated 3D music video for “Baby Do U Feel Me."

Nozinja Lodge LP is out now on Warp Records.

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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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