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The Rain Couldn't Stop What Was An Epic July 4th EVERYDAY AFRIQUE with South Africa's AKA

It was a lituation of a July 4th at EVERYDAY AFRIQUE.

Okayafrica and our friends over at Everyday People teamed up again with this year's July 4th edition of EVERYDAY AFRIQUE at Brooklyn's Output.


The rooftop and club overflowed with dancing feet and good vibes, despite the rain that preempted the beautiful fireworks that illuminated the sky and the East River (we kept the party going anyway!).

If you noticed sprinkles of face and body paint designs throughout the crowd, that was much thanks to Laolu Senbanjo and his beautiful Sacred Art of the Ori. The tunes—from South African house, afrobeats and azonto, to soca and dancehall—were brought to you by DJs mOma, Rich Knight, Kashaka and Underdog.

South Africa came through and rolled deep to support their own, Mr. Super Mega, AKA. His brief, but lit set brought the house down where the Jozi native performed the likes of "All Eyes on Me," "Run Jozi (Godly)" and "Congratulate." 

But enough talking, it's time for you to see what went down on this epic day below, brought to you by Leon Williams, Rim G. for 77xpressionsimageryJohnette Reed and Ginny Suss:

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Johnette Reed.

Photo by Rim G. for 77expressionsimagery.

Photo by Rim G. for 77expressionsimagery.

Photo by Rim G. for 77expressionsimagery.

Photo by Rim G. for 77expressionsimagery.

Photo by Rim G. for 77expressionsimagery.

Photo by Rim G. for 77expressionsimagery.

Photo by Rim G. for 77expressionsimagery.

Photo by Ginny Suss.

Photo by Ginny Suss.

Photo by Ginny Suss.

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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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