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Video: Keyti's Revolutionary Rhymes

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As far back as the 14th century, many countries throughout West Africa possessed an incredibly rich culture of oral storytelling. The gatekeepers, known as griots, played the essential and unique role of their community's historians through poetry, prose and song. They also provided entertainment as well as social and political commentary gathered through observation. Griots were vital to the social fibre of whatever community they served, preserving the history of these societies as they passed their talents on to the next generation.

Though not a self-proclaimed griot, conscious Senegalese hip-hop artist Keyti uses his music as a platform to pass on knowledge, share wisdom, and inspire listeners worldwide. His music brings awareness to the everyday realities that many people in his home country are burdened with as a result of the political and economic malevolencies that spread beyond the borders of Senegal, seeping and soaking much of the African continent in the same heavy waves of strife.

With the metropolitan capital city of Dakar as his backdrop, in his latest video released by Nomadic Wax, Keyti delivers a series of poignant poetic verses that so vividly capture the seemingly never-ending tribulations of his people, the same sentiments that have sparked protests and uprisings throughout the African continent over the past year.

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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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