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Video: Youssou Ndour's reggae album Dakar-Kingston + U.S. tour dates

Youssou Ndour will be releasing his first foray into reggae music, Dakar- Kingston (Emarcy Records) on June 7th, 2011 and embarking on a U.S. tour later that month. Ndour's journey to Kingston began with the music pulsing from the Dakar market stalls of his childhood and during long hours of listening to reggae LPs from his uncle's record store. It continued decades later, as circumstances conspired and he found himself at Tuff Gong studios, walking in Bob Marley's footsteps and jamming with Marley's musical friends. Dakar-Kingston maps this road, turning Ndour classics and several new originals into reggae anthems, reflecting reggae’s deep impact on West African music and culture. Check out the video for Ndour's track "Marley" above and his U.S. tour schedule below.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youssou Ndour, Dakar-Kingston (Emarcy Records):

Full Tour Schedule

06/16/2011, Thu

Los Angeles, CA

Greek Theatre

2700 North Vermont Avenue

Tix: $35-$55, Show: 7:30 pm

06/17/2011, Fri

Oakland, CA

Paramount Theatre

2025 Broadway

Tix: $25-$80, Show: 8:00 pm

06/18/2011, Sat

Austin, TX

Austin City Limits Live at the Moody

310 Willie Nelson Blvd

06/19/2011, Sun

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Live
06/22/2011, Wed

Raleigh, NC

Meymandi Concert Hall

2 E South St

06/23/2011, Thu

Washington, DC

Lisner Auditorium

730 21st Street, NW

06/24/2011, Fri

New York, NY

Terminal 5

6 Delancey St

Tix: $50-$55, Doors Open: 9:00 pm, Show: 10:00 pm

06/26/2011, Sun

Toronto, CN

Mainstage - Toronto Downtown Jazz
06/27/2011, Mon

Montreal, QC

Canada

Metropolis Theatre
06/28/2011, Tue

Ottawa, ON

Canada

Confederation Park

100 Elgin Street

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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