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ADORABLE! First photos of Kafui Danku’s daughter, Lorde

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Actress Kafui Danku has made photos of her daughter Lorde public for the very first time. Accompanied by a heartfelt letter, the images (first published on kafuidanku.me) show Lorde, a true princess, in blissful poses with her eyes closed.

See the splendid photos below:

Since participating in the Miss Ghana pageant 2004, she has gone on to star in, and will several local and international awards including Best New Actress (Ghana) at the City People Entertainment Awards 2013, Best Supporting Actress of the Year (Ghana), City People Entertainment Awards 2014, Entertainment Person of the Year award (All Africa Media Networks Awards 2014), Pan Africa Distinguished Achievers Awards 2014, Best Supporting Actress of the Year (Extraordinary People Awards 2015), and Best Lead Actress (Afrifimo Awards 2015).

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“Could this be Love?” ponder R2Bees in new collab with EFYA — WATCH!

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Afropop duo and BET honourees, R2Bees, mull over an age-long question: how can one tell if a set of actions constitute love or a futile undertaking? And who better to tap than chanteuse Efya, who has sung about the concept throughout her career?

Produced by Killmatic, the song is carried on  a lean R& B swing, and sees Efya bounces back the question Mugeez’s poses in the hook —and delivered in a troubled wail — in  the exact same words: “could this be love, is this forever? Or ebi say I dey waste my time, you dey waste your time?/ Are you loving me, or just for pleasure? Or ebi say I dey waste my time, you dey waste your time?”

On his part,Omar Sterling —the rapper half of the duo — relates in a sobering session — profound worship for a lover, admit to “falling deeper”, while at the same time digesting antipathy that often characterises love —and the compromises thereof, rapping in part; “I put my trust in you, put my hopes in it/ I put my heart on my sleeve, put my soul in it/If you ever break my heart, that will be all for me/ but I’d rather die for you than live with somebody”“girl you’re picture perfect/ is this picture worth it/ could this be love or a bitter lesson?”, “even when I’m right, I try to be the bigger person”.

Could this be Love is released under R2Bees Entertainment. Get it on iTunes.

Watch the accompanying video, directed by BABS below:

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STATEMENT: Shatta Wale apologises for “unpleasant exhibition”

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For an “unfortunate display of obscenity” that was “mistakenly posted” by an associate on social media Tuesday, June 19,  and a fit of diatribes targeted at media personnel for republishing the video, controversial dancehall singer, Shatta Wale, has expressed remorse.

A statement, dated June 20, and signed by the singer, pleads for pardon from his family, fans, record label, and corporate Ghana for the shameful act and embarrassment that it may have brought to them.

Furthermore, the statement sees Shatta (born Charles Nii Armah Mensah) reiterate his brand as being “a law-abiding one; one that will not do anything untoward to bring it and its partners into disrepute”.

“The brand would also not do anything to affect the sensibilities of the large following and support it commands.” he adds. Read the full statement, published on his Facebook page:

Meanwhile, his latest single, “Man Like Me”,  is out now:

 

 

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Ko-jo CUE & Shaker, Mr. Eazi named for upcoming Ms. Lauryn Hill tour

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BBNZ rappers Ko-jo Cue and Shaker have been named alongside global music icons as Talib Kweli, Nas, Busta Rhymes, A$ap Rocky, SZA, and an array of other top artists for Ms. Lauryn Hill’s ongoing tour to commemorate 20 years of the release of her groundbreaking debut; “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”.

The album, published in August 1998 by Ruffhouse/ Columbia is considered as one of the most influential bodies of work by in modern times. A fusion of Neo-soul, hiphop, and R&B, the album birthed such hits as “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “Ex-Factor”, and “Everything Is Everything”, going on to win five Grammy awards from ten nominations.

Ko-jo Cue and Shaker are the only Ghanaian representatives on the tour. In the past, rapper EL, and neo-soul act Jojo Abot have both appeared on Ms. Hill’s tours. Nigeria’s Patoranking, and Mr. Eazi are also listed as gust performers.

The tour will see the former Fugees vocalist and actress perform across the US, the UK, Belgium, Norway, Canada, Finland, Sweden, among other key global spots.

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Watch Fancy Gadam’s new video “Jebihi Goro”

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Singer Fancy Gadam(Mujahid Ahmed Bello), submits new music for 2018. Released under 5mMusic / Sultan INC, comes off the foot of other recent Afrobeats offerings as Customer (ft. Patoranking), and YakaChana ft. Mr Eazi.

The accompanying music video for “Jebihi Goro” was directed byEddie Kay Mensah.

A renowned performer, Gadam is 2018 winner of Ghana Music Awards’ Most Popular Song of the Year laurel, off the exploits of his Sarkodie collaboration, ” Total Cheat”.

Get ‘Jebihi Goro’ on iTunes

Watch the video below:

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REVIEW: Edem stirs up “hurricane” on new joint

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All hip-hop is a battlefield, and one’s ability to drill panic into his opponent’s knees is core to the game. A specialist in this regard; Edem’s unique style of executing this menace has always been a delight to watch —from the fence, that is. As an opponent though, it must be a nightmare. In fact, the Heyba man is so poised in his proficiency as lyrical Goliath that, these days, he directly taunts his rivals; “hello, hi rappers/ I make you no dey bed eh?” 

Indubitably, Edem has attained gold status, and with his upcoming fourth album, The African Answer, he looks to seal that reputation for good. Throughout his career, every time he has tendered a rap number, it has come with a tide. On his latest single, featuring rock Lads Dark Suburb, Jojo Abot, and Teephlow, he whips up —well —a “Hurricane!”

Produced by American rhythm dons, DJ Pain and Coptic, the joint dispenses another vicious experience. If —for some reason —anyone ever derided Edem’s choice of title for the album, Hurricane, like Mighty Jesus, its predecessor of six months, is the sort of evidence which silences you. Hurricane is centered on amplified electric guitar, intransigent drums, unsettling sampling, and an overall loudness that is essential to the fear factor, and sounds off with a bold declaration via a throaty roar: “we’re here to win, we’re here to stay!” —and if that is not enough, it is reiterated in a haunted hook by spirit child Jojo Abot:

Believe it or not, we’re here to win

Like it or not, we’re here to stay

Pull up on your block, no masquerade

It’s a hurricane, it’s a hurricane

The VRMG founder (born Denning Edem Hotor), while he has excelled at genres outside of hip-hop, has always retained a diligence to the rap form which nurtured him. That attentiveness, which is the mark of an exemplary student, has now made him a master, ensuring that he’s able to build upon it by infusing other elements to craft striking new models. The song is a hybrid of hip-hop and rock, accentuated by a unique, aboriginal vibe —therefore, works as a local staple, while still holding transnational appeal.

Pascal AKA –directed visuals which complement the number, also entrench Edem’s status as repository of premium music videos. Everything you can’t make out due to your inability to comprehend the “minority” dialect that is Ewe —which constitutes majority of Edem’s poetic expression —is ably translated via the expert hands of AKA (who heads the Breakthrough Studios in Accra); who also worked on visuals for Mighty Jesus. Alternating between jungle scenes irradiated by the golden hue generated by fire-eating men in the background, where both Edem and Abot appear most —to smoke-filled sets off which Dark Suburb’s guitar sections echo —to an all-white one on which an Off-White clad Teephlow recounts his music journey using clever puns and an incisive stream, AKA reenacts the themes in Hurricane immaculately. The video also sees GH rap bigwigs as Tinny and Gemini make cameo appearances.

Hurricane is also a convergence point for old and new. Not uncharacteristic of Edem in recent years, he lines up the brightest of burgeoning stars; feeding them energy from an experienced hand as he feeds off their green energies. He also name-drops “brothers” from his native Volta-land who are making waves: Kemenya, Kula, Keeny Ice, Agbeshie, Cano- Z, or as he puts it; “Number 9 army, Togbui Tsali soldiers, Agorkolii soldiers.” It is a tested method, if you want to remain relevant. By all means, innovate, experiment, adapt, or —well— die.  And in all your gettings, guar your originality. When you have grasped that balance, you too can declare, like he does in the song; “this be ma playing field/ this be my arena/ don’t try to test me, let me manifest/ wontomi engyina!”

At the same time, the song also serves an opportunity for guest acts to assert themselves as worthy— at this point, one way to tell if an artist has washed his hands well enough to dine with elders, is if they land a spot on an Edem record. All three guest acts on Hurricane arrive to the table with space-age greatness and alternative genius; possessing an unnerving mystery for wearing skull masks, and their steady success with alternative rock in a country as Ghana, the quintet have courted fear and admiration in equal measure, and have landed collaborations with A-listers as M.anifest, and E.L. An eccentric goddess, Jojo Abot is currently among Ghana’s prized music exports. Creating music across Afro-soul/Reggae and Afrobeat, the chanteuse —who hails from Ho in the Volta Region, and is author of the 2015 EP FYFYA WOTO —has performed at the world-famous Times Square (New York), toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill, and shared stages with Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth, Jesse J, and Demi Lovato, and in May 2017, headlined the Bushfire Festival in Swaziland alongside South African jazz great, the late Hugh Masekela.

Alumnus of of the ‘Next Big Thing in GH Hip-hop’ reality show, Teephlow is already acclaimed as a wordsmith. Earlier this year, his 2017 record, State of the Art, off his Flowducation EP, was named “Record of the Year” at the Ghana Music Awards. When he sets out on his verse 2 minutes 38 seconds on the joint, a new exuberance is instantly felt. This vim elevates steadily, and by the 4: 30 mark, it has exploded into real danger – a brisk jaw-dropping fit. Edem receives the baton back from his fellow Da’Hammer disciple, at a similar pace, and then guides it into Abot’s concluding hook —the exact four bars the mediocre lot will dread to hear. Going by Edem’s work since 2009, it will ring in their ears for a very, very long time.

 

Believe it or not, we’re here to win

Like it or not, we’re here to stay

Pull up on your block, no masquerade

It’s a hurricane, it’s a hurricane

 

*A multiple-award-winner, Edem is author of critically received albums as Volta Regime, Mass Production, and Books and Rhymes, as well as numerous singles including Ghetto Arise, Bra Fremi Fremi, Nyedzilo,Kpordawoe, Wicked and Bad, Gogaga, Fie Fuor, Power among others.
“The African Answer” is due for release this year.

Get Hurricane on iTunes

Artist: Edem ft Jojo Abot, TeePhlow & Dark Suburb

Song: Hurricane

Label & YearBrooklyn Bridge Ent / VRMG 2018

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Third World, Cyril Neville perform in Ghana this FRIDAY!

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Jamaican reggae band, Third World, considered legends all across the globe, will be in Accra this Friday, June 22, headlining the Ghana World Music Festival.

Slated for the National Theatre from 7:00 pm, the night will also witness a performance from New Orleans great, Cyril Neville.

Currently consisting Stephen “Cat” Coore, Richard Daley, Tony “Ruption” Williams, Maurice Gregory, Norris “Noreiga” Webb, and AJ Brown, the group,active since 1973, are authors of over 20 albums, and are best known for such tunes as “Railroad Track”, “The Story’s Been Told”, “Now That We’ve Found Love”, and “Try Jah Love”. Past band members include

69, singer and percussionist Cyril Garrett Neville shot to fame as member of his brother Art Neville’s funky New Orleans-based band, The Meters.has appeared on recordings by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson, Dr. John and The New Orleans Social Club among others.

Tickets for the Ghana World Music Festival sell for GHC 200 ($42).

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