This week’s playlist explores themes of varying densities, and is held together by deliberately tender tempo through which we better interact with creative nuances, i.e striking instrumentation, as well as an indelible message.
Stonebwoy presents chilling commentary on social issues in Run Go, but affection takes centerstage here, as happens with the industry as a whole. Our songs overflow with love, for some reason, even if depressing news in constant on tv. E.L’s Fefeefe is an instant addition to any wedding playlist, never mind that it was released only weeks ago. It is a beautiful song. So is M3nsa Ansah’s Fanti Love Song, off his 2011 tribute to his homestead No.1 Mango Street. The song was birthed from nostalgia; the accompanying video brings back specific elements from his younger years. Masterpiece.
Edem’s collaboration with singer Raquel, heads the other way. Ample proof seems to obstruct a cheater’s attempts at salvaging his relationship, but he’s relentless. Does he succeed?
I also find singer AI’s Anger Management a number with a lasting quality. In 2014, it won him an International Songwriting Competition (ISC) laurel, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Amandzeba’s Dede is exemplary, even after so many years. We can say the same for hiplife trio VIP, for Obaa Sweety. And of course, Okyeame Kwame’s Sika is instructive in a way that invokes nervousness.
1. E.L – Fefeefe
2. Obaa Sweety – VIP
3. Slow Down – R2bees ft. Wizkid
4. Sika – Okyeame Kwame ft. Kesse
5. Hello – Akwaboah ft. Sarkodie
6. Dede – Amandzeba
7. Anger Management – AI
8. Run Go – Stonebwoy
9. Girlfriend – Edem ft. Raquel
10. Fanti Love Song – M3nsa