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Sarkodie Teams Up With Ace Hood For 'New Guy'

Ghanaian star Sarkodie connects with "Bugatti" rapper Ace Hood in the ominous joint single "New Guy."


Ghanaian star Sarkodie and Florida's Ace Hood, the man behind "Bugatti" and several other booming rap singles, connect in Miami for "New Guy." The track sees "Africa's fastest rapper" and the DJ Khaled signee trading verses over an ominous Ced Solo-produced beat built on warped-out synths and military drum rolls. It looks like the two will be dropping a music video for the collaboration soon also, as can be seen in a preview of MTV Base's A Day In The Life: Sarkodie.

The Ghanaian rapper, who's currently a nominee for BET Awards' Best International Act: Africa, is set to drop his new full-length album Mary in the coming months (it's a safe bet that "New Guy" will be on it). Sarkodie recently took on his country's power outage crisis in the Fela Kuti-sampling "Dumsor." For more, revisit our Okayafrica TV: Afrobeats At SXSW feature with Sarkodie, Ice PrinceDavidoR2bees, and more. Download Sarkodie and Ace Hood's "New Guy" below.

>>>Download: Sarkodie "New Guy" featuring Ace Hood

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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