Okmalumkoolkat Features On Soul Candi Producer Tellaman's Deep House Track 'Drinks & Music'

Okmalumkoolkat jumps on Soul Candi producer and fellow Durbanite Tellaman's deep house track "Drinks & Music."

Since Okayafrica's inception BOYZNBUCKS rapper/producer Okmalumkoolkat has featured on a steady stream of our "greatest hits," like LV's cyberspace ballad "Spitting Cobra" and "Gusheshe" with Maftown king Cassper Nyovest. Though he's stepped into his own spotlight this year with the release of his debut solo effort Holy Oxygen I via Austria's Affine Records, the Future Mfana mastermind has nonetheless managed to hit us with a wealth of collaborations in recent months, including tracks with Jumping Back Slash, JR, Riky Rick, and most recently Digital Maskandi's trap lord newcomer Mashayabhuqe KaMamba.

On perhaps his most surprising guest spot thus far, Okmalumkoolkat's teamed with a fellow Durbanite on the polar opposite end of the electronic spectrum, iconic South African dance music label Soul Candi's newest artist Tellaman. Their collaboration, "Drinks & Music," shoots Okmalumkoolkat's nonlinear wordgame off to unfamiliar deep house territory. The track is Tellaman's first to be released through his new label home, and will feature on his debut album as a part of the 5-disc flagship collection album Soul Candi Sessions 2015 (which also features discs from DJs/producers Lulo Cafe, Harael, Cuebur and Mo Flava). Okmalumkoolkat had previously linked with Soul Candi's Allan Nicoll aka Kid Fonque. Nicoll set this latest exchange in motion, in which Tellaman and Okmalumkoolkat recorded their parts separately without ever meeting in person. Listen to the track in full below and look for the Soul Candi Sessions 2015 to drop later this year. For more Future Mfana download Spoek Mathambo's all-Okmalumkoolkat Future Sound of Mzansi mixtape and watch his recent hyper-surreal video for "Allblackblackkat."


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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