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Kenyan Afro-Pop Group Sauti Sol Signs Major Recording Deal with Universal Music Africa

The deal comes just as the group is preparing to drop their fifth studio album 'Midnight Train'.

Kenyan Afro-Pop group Sauti Sol has just signed a major recoding deal with Universal Music Africa, a division of the Universal Music Group.

The deal comes just as the group is preparing to drop their fifth studio album "Midnight Train" following their successful 2019 album "Afrikan Sauce" which had standout collaborations with Patoranking, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Jah Prayzah and several other African talents.


Sauti Sol recently took to social media to announce the news and thank fans for their support and patience with their upcoming album.

The group members had a number of things to say individually about the opportunity and their new beginnings with Bien Aime Baraza saying, "Love new beginnings. I have waited for this day for all my life..." while Chimano said that, "Always wanted and wondered what it would feel like to be signed to a major! Well It's official! Our first major label deal." Polycarp Otieno simply added, "New dawn. New beginning. We can't wait to share our new music with you."

Sipho Dlamini, the Managing Director of Universal Music Group South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa, commented on signing Sauti Sol saying, "We are delighted to announce our partnership with Sauti Sol, one of the most innovative and creative groups to have broken through from Africa in recent years."

Following a spectacular run last year that saw the group performing on massive stages including the 2019 AFRIMA Awards and Essence Festival alongside the likes of Davido, Nasty C, 2Baba and several other music heavyweights, "Midnight Train" is a project laden with even higher expectations from fans with regards to the group's ability to push the genre forward.

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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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