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OKA Exclusive: Kae Sun's New Acoustic EP 'Outside The Barcode' - FREE


We've been following Ghanian singer/songwriter Kae Sun for a minute now, and have been eagerly anticipating his newest effort, an EP entitled Outside the Barcode which we're premiering here today.  Recorded entirely on 2-inch tape on a farm in Ontario, Canada (where Kae Sun now calls home) Kae Sun captures a truly organic acoustic sound. Our ears perked up when we listened to the 1st track off this EP a few weeks back, the uplifting spiritual folk song, "When The Pot," (watch the video here). His raw, authentic acoustic sounds and catchy melodies have had us fiending for more.  Today we get it, with the FREE download of Outside the Barcode, below.  Track listing below, and Kae Sun's Canadian tour dates after the jump.

Track Listing:

1. Firefly Dance

2. When The Pot

3. Burden Of Love

4. Interlude

5. Weh-Weh

Kae Sun Tour Dates:

June 23 – Amsterdam Brewery/Open Roof Festival – Toronto, ON

July 7 – GLC w/ Ky Mani Marley & Gramps Morgan – Whistler, BC

July 8 – Diversity Festival – Texada Island, BC

July 9 – Victoria Ska Festival – Victoria, BC

July 15 – Calabash  Bistro – Vancouver, BC

August 5 – Yonge-Dundas Square – Toronto, ON

August 18 – Calgary Reggae Festival/Republik – Calgary, AB

August 21 – Ironwood Bar & Grill – Calgary, AB

August 22 – Rockwater Bar & Grill – Golden, BC

August 27 – Open Sky Music Festival – Edmonton, AB

August 28 – Eaglewood Folk Festival – Pefferlaw, ON

 

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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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