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Video: George Danquah's "Hot and Jumpy" LP teaser w/ bonus audio track

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If you’re like us then you’re counting down the days until Secret Stash Records reissues George Danquah’s only solo LP, “Hot and Jumpy.” The Ghanian artist combines reggae, funk, highlife, soul, African hustle and native rhythms to create a funky beat that brings you back to the 70’s (or takes you there if you never were). Though back in the day his album caught many collectors by surprise, Danquah was on the scene years before its release, fronting bands like Benya Beats, The Blue Monks (made up of Dbo Taylor, CK Mann and Pat Thomas) and the renowned Uhuru Dance Band.  Check out the album teaser above.

For all you crate diggers, the reissue, which drops August 9th, comes in vinyl. And for those who can’t go anywhere without their iPod, don’t worry, it comes with an mp3 download too.

Pre-order the album (limited edition in pink!) and listen to more teasers here. Warning: there are only 100 copies, so get on it!

Listen to LP track, Just for a Moment.

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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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