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Ubunifu Space Docu-Series Features Riky Rick, Sho Madjozi, Shekinah & More

Ubunifu Space docu-series trailer is narrated by Riky Rick and features cameos from Sho Madjozi, Shekinah, DJ Maphorisa, Moonchild Sanelly and YoungstaCPT.

Ubunifu Space, a popular London-based arts and culture YouTube channel, has released its eight-part docu-series. The series follows the small colourful team touring Africa with the latest episode zoning in on Cape Town, South Africa. It is a must-watch episode which features Cape Town-based rapper, YoungstaCPT, taking the collective on a tour of the mother city. Sho Madjozi, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Maphorisa and Shekinah are additional appearances to watch out for. The brilliant docu-series trailer which captures South Africa's music culture is narrated by rapper, Riky Rick.


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The #UbuOnTour series premiered last year on the 21st of December and recounts Ubunifu Space's first time in South Africa a year ago. The first two episodes focused on Johannesburg's riveting arts and culture scene. The latest fourth episode shows Ubunifu Space sampling Cape Town's music, food, dance and night life culture. The docuseries is filled with South Africa's top music artists who make cameos alongside footage of young South African music and dance aspirants.

Ubunifu Space includes Bryan Obonyo (Kenya) David Osafo and Ian Opolot (Uganda), Monique Touko (Zimbabwe-Cameroon) and Shay Sade (Nigeria).The five make up the collective of Black Africans living in London who were all motivated to cultivate the musical palates of Londoners. Ubunifu Space originally rose to international stardom through their reaction videos which centered music from across the African continent. Their reaction videos have amassed over 40 million views on YouTube and have created a diverse and critical voice for music coming out of Africa. The collective has exposed gqom and amapiano to the world with their reaction video to gqom hit "Omunye" by Distruction Boyz featuring Benny Maverick and Dladla Mshunqisi.

Obonyo, who is the founder and co-host of Ubunifu Space, reflected on the success of the YouTube channel saying:

"Not every reaction channel has the goal of creating a cultural footprint. This showed us that what we're doing is very impactful. This isn't just a reaction video platform. We really can draw links and connections between ourselves and our brothers and sisters on the continent. This is a platform that represents that and showcases those stories."

Watch Ubunifu Space's #UbuOnTour fourth episode below:

#UBUONTOUR Docu-Series EP.4 || Cape Town (Part 2) www.youtube.com

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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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