EL (real name; Elom Adablah) had the night of his life when he was crowned VGMA 2016 Artist of the Year Sunday morning. But there’s still so much we may not know about the Koko star. Here are a few facts which might surprise you…or not.
1. Movie Scores: Aside making music, he’s acclaimed for his skills at scoring movies. In 2010, he won Best Original Soundtrack for the movie ‘A Sting in a Tale’ at the African Movie Academy Awards. He also won Best Score Award for Checkmate at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards.
2. Label Boss: He’s also president of BBnZ Live, the record label on which he is signed. The label is also home to other music forces as Kojo-Cue, Shaker and DJ Mic Smith.
3. EL started out in widely acclaimed rap group Skillions, which has also nurtured such acts as Gemini, Kevin Beats, Killmatic Lil Shaker, and Jayso, who owns the label.
4. Best Album on his very first attempt: His debut album, Something ELse (Akwaaba, 2012) won Album of the Year at the 2013 edition of the Ghana Music Awards. The project, a 24 track double CD spans various genres and contains such ubiquitous hits like One Ghana and Obuumo. On only his sophomore installment, ELOM, he garnered the most nominations at the just ended VGMAs, and won the topmost prize for the night.
5. Widely considered Azonto pioneer (actual pioneer): Together with Nshorna Music, he produced Sarkodie’s You Go Kill Me, which is among the foremost songs in the Azonto craze.
6. Social Commentator: Like hiplife stalwart Obrafour, and lately Sarkodie, EL too, is concerned about speaking out against the ills of our society and ineptitude in governance, and uses his craft to register his displeasure at the way things go sometimes. His most relevant example is State of the Nation Address, off his mixtape The Bar II (BBnZ Live, 2015).
7. Host, 4Syte TV: EL also had a brief stint with 4Syte TV in their early days. He hosted a countdown show then.
8. Performed on the same stage with Lauryn Hill, twice: It’s every artist’s dream to stand next to the big players in world music. For nearly two decades Lauryn Hill had released only one album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998). But that was enough to secure her a place in music royalty, because it was obviously an excellent album. In 2014, BBnZ brought down the Killing Me Softly crooner to headline their annual music festival; The AfroBeats Big Weekend Festival, where he shared the stage with Ms Hill. In April, he repeated this feat, this time, on Lauryn’s Diaspora Calling, held at the King’s Theatre, Brooklyn -New York.
9. Jack of trades other than making music: EL eyes other avenues aside making music. In a 2012 interview with ghanafilla.net he said:
“I will always be married to my music, but most likely in the future I will invest into fashion, Radio and television”.
He also made an impressive cameo for Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s 2013 film Potomanto, which he wrote scores for, as well.
10. Best gift to his mum on Mother’s Day: Like we already know, Sunday morning was super for him He even shed tears under his shades when he was announced as Artist of the Year. Shortly after, he dedicated the awards to his mum, Mrs Adabla on the occasion of the Mother’s Day celebration. He tweeted:
“My Awards is my gift to my mum for Mother’s Day”.
As a mother, that must make you so proud, that your son has actualized this beautifully at 32. This must be her most memorable Mother’s Day gift so far.
Major congratulations to EL once again for his superior feats at this year’s VGMAs.
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