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Okayafrica Hits Washington, D.C. for the Hip Hop Theater Festival: Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew and More!


Washington, D.C. - this Tuesday, July 12th, head to the illustrious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for a FREE performance by 3 of Okayafrica's faves to help celebrate the 10 year Anniversary of the Hip Hop Theater Festival!  First up, the beautiful Maimouna Youssef who's sultry voice has accompanied The Roots on-stage for many a show.  Next we've got D.C.'s own tabi Bonney, who hails from Togo and is one of hip-hop's rising stars.  Headlining the night are Sierra Leone's superstars, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew (watch them on CNN today right here!) who bring their high energy show ripe with their unique blend of hip-hop, reggae, afrobeat, pop, and traditional Sierra Leonian sounds to the stage.  Get their early for the 5pm warm-up class (also free!) lead by our girl Rujeko Dumbutshena from Broadway's FELA! the musical.  Hope we see you there.

THE DEETS:

Tuesday, July 12th

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

2700 F Street NW

Washington, DC 20566

Showtime: 6pm

Warm-up dance class: 5pm

Cost: FREE!!

Interview

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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