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Seun Kuti And Nneka Celebrate Incredible Black Women In This New Music Video

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 praise Nina Simone, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Maya Angelou, Angela Davis and all strong black women in a new music video.

Still from "Black Woman" music video.


Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 share the long-awaited music video for their single “Black Woman,” off their third album A Long Way To The Beginning.

The brass-filled tune features vocals from Nneka and sees Kuti praising the “mind, courage and strength” of the black woman through encouraging lyrics. “I write this song for you (black woman), and I see everything you go through (black woman), that’s why me respect you (black woman).”

Black women take center stage in the 4-and-a-half minute visual—dressed vibrantly and dancing jubilantly to the song’s groovy beat and powerful message. Kuti celebrates black female icons by showcasing murals of his grandmother, Nigerian women’s liberation leader Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti along with Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, and Angela Davis.

Kuti stressed the importance of acknowledging our black heroes rather than purely idolizing Western figures last year in an interview with Okayafrica. “Black people need to find a way to begin realizing their real heroes. Not the heroes the media is imposing on us. It’s difficult but I also see that there’s a big victory there. A victory we can say we achieved on our own, without mainstream media, without anything –just through people power.”

Watch the music video for “Black Woman” below and check out the recently released Black Woman (Remixes) EP available now.

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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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