Win Tickets to Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 w/ Rich Medina at Highline

New Yawkers! Seun Kuti and his father's Egypt 80 will be touching down in your vicinity this Sunday 4/8 for a night of afrobeat stompers. Following the release of — our top LP of 2011 choice — From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun will be performing at Highline Ballroom with none other than veteran selector Rich Medina and Zozo Afrobeat. Tickets are available now. Plus you know we got the hook-up, so Okayafrica will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this incredible show. See details, and remaining tour dates, below!



4/4 – Variety – Atlanta, GA

4/5 – Duke Performances – Durham, NC

4/6- Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

4/7 – Club Helsinki – Hudson, NY

4/8 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

4/12 – UW Madison – Madison, WI

4/13 – Rhythm Foundation – Miami, FL

4/14 – The Cedar – Minneapolis, MN

4/15 – Coachella – Indio, CA

4/16 – Campbell Hall – Santa Barbara, CA

4/18 – UC San Diego – San Diego, CA

4/19 – Zellerbach Hall – Berkeley, CA

4/20 – UCLA Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA

4/22 – Coachella – Indio, CA

4/24 – KTAOS Solar Center – Taos, NM

4/25 – Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM

4/27 – New Orleans Jazz Festival – New Orleans, LA

4/29 – Houston International Festival – Houston, TX

5/2 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

5/13 – Lake Eden Arts Festival – Black Mountain, NC


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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