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ARKA’N: FULL LENGTH ALBUM, ZÃ KELI [REVIEW]

TOGO: The Togo based band ARKA’N graced us with this monster of an album earlier in March. This body of work has proud African blood running through every vein!
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VOUS VOULEZ SORTIR DES SENTIERS BATTUS DU HARD ROCK, JE VOUS PROPOSE UNE ALTERNATIVE ASSEZ ORIGINALE.

Vous voulez sortir des sentiers battus du hard-rock, je vous propose une alternative assez originale. Je vous parle d’un groupe de métal togolais, pays guère habitué à la musique rock.
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Probably the most essential African Metal album to date

Lomé, Togo: incredibly, it’s the first time we’re writing about Arka’n even in spite of following the band for years! incidentally, rock music enjoys a rich heritage in West Africa, though little of it remains in the present times. However, Arka’n plays a major role not only in keeping the legacy of this region alive, but reaching out to ears in far away places
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Rock Arka’n, le Rock pour la Liberté de l’Afrique – My Africa Infos

Le Rock en Afrique ça vous dit? Eh bien nous avons découvert un groupe de Rock survolté et énergique qui allie tradition africaine et modernité pour créer un chef d’œuvre musical à vous faire dresser les cheveux sur la tête de plaisir. “Arka’n” , groupe mythique venu du Togo,est notre invité du jour et est incarné par son Rock Arka’n, le lead vocal , guitariste et créateur du groupe.
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TOGO-BASED METAL BAND ARKA’N MELD GENRE AND TRADITION FOR ULTIMATE LISTENING EXPERIENCE

In this age of hyphenated identity and multi-talent careers comes an all-out revelation in African Metal band ARKA’N.

The Togo-based collective brings fusion to the next level as they masterfully blend the sounds and tempo of their roots with a upbeat intensity of a counter genre.
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Blending Tradition and Modernity in African Rock Music: Arka’n Metal Band in Focus

The rock renaissance is on in Africa. From Cairo to Cape Town, and from Dakar to Dar es Salaam. A growing number of the youth generation are discovering this eccentric phenomenon. There are, however, many misconceptions to contend with. Aside allegations of being “devilish”, it is also commonplace to hear several commentators dismiss rock music as “UnAfrican”. This attitude, however, stems from a misrepresentation of the roots of the genre and the character of its current resurgence in Africa. Rock in Africa is presently being treated through an innovative, experimental phase. This phase features a hybridization of influences both traditional and modern leading to a fluid product that merits the label, Afro-Rock. A number of artists and bands are defining this territory, and notable among them is the collective Arka’n.

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A Newest Afro-Rock sensation- “ARKA’N” (Kokroko Magazine)

ARKA’N is a hard rock band based in Lomé-Togo who draw their inspiration from African tradition and wisdom. Rock Arka’n, the leader of collective, started out by sampling sounds and writing songs in his room in 2010, it took him a longer time to develop his art and decide which particular cause to champion before setting out to form his first Arka’n band in 2016 with a bunch of friends.

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