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Jayso lists Paapa, MikeMillzOnEm, Drvmroll, Yung Fly, Kuvie among his favourite young producers

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Veteran producer and Ghanaian hiphop icon Jayso (known privately as Paul Nuamah Donor) has revealed to beatphreaks.com in a recent interview, his favourite of the new crop of Ghanaian producers. Among them include his protege Paapa, MikeMillzOnEm, Drvmroll, Yung Fly, and You x Me hitmaker Kuvie.

The above list has worked on excellent projects with top contemporary acts including E.L, M.anifest, Joey B, Sarkodie among others.

Jayso, who is widely considered a key player in the hiphop movement in the country, especially for his inroads with his record label Skillions also named Timbaland, Dr Dre, Kanye West, Quincy Jones, Cobhams Asuquo as his global production idols. 

His debut solo album Making Tasha Proud was released in December 2015, and features such hits as Making Tasha Proud, Little Monsters, and Have A Party. In April 2013, he released a joint album TMG with Sarkodie, which contained the famous Pizza and Burger song. He has also collaborated with key acts as Kwaw Kese, Ball J, Kobi Onyame, Asem, Ayigbe Edem, C-Real, Wyclef Jean, M.anifest, Kuli Chana, AKA among others.

 

Read the full interview below:

Jayso’s sound has undeniably nurtured a generation of Ghanaian hip-hop artists. We talked beats, his inspirations and creative process with this record producer, artist, and the brain behind Skillions Records.

Has music production always been something you were interested in or was it by accident?

Doubt I was ever interested in music production. My main focus was rap. I only got interested in production because I couldn’t find a producer who made the kind of beats I wanted. I remember my first studio session was at a studio in Tema called i3 back in 1999. I found myself beatboxing my ideas for the producer to recreate. After PRESEC, I met Kobi Onyame who I felt was making very good beats. Learned the trade from him & the rest is history.

Prior to learning to produce, did you have any musical talent apart from beatboxing & rapping?

Yes. Singing & Spoken Word.

Did your folks support your musical exploits or did you have to convince them that this was what you wanted to do?

They were super supportive. Their only condition was: “Keep your grades up”. And I believe I did just that.

How long did it take for you to get confident enough with your production to put your work out?

Can’t remember how long it took but any beat I made back then was good to go once Kobi Onyame gave it a thumbs up. However, I trust my ears. Various industry players have endorsed my production skills & that’s also been a confidence booster.

In your opinion, what makes a great producer?

Knowing & understanding a wide range of music & the gift of knowing what sounds right. Plus, the ability to direct an artist. Mind you, a record producer & beatmaker are two different trade.

Could you break it down for those following this interview who might not know the difference?

A beatmaker makes beats. A record producer directs the music. Most beatmakers double as record producers & that is why you find most songs produced by the beat maker. Technically though, I can take a beat from say Yung Fly & work on a song with Sarkodie and direct the entire session. Including but not limited to song arrangement, adding and/or removing instruments from the beat (with the beat makers permission of course. Unless rights to beats is purchased), etc, and I will now become the producer of the record. Because I orchestrated the song.

Yung Fly will still get some production credits and that explains why you sometimes find co-produced in the credits. Note that, a record producer does not need to be a beat maker or even play an instrument; knowing how to is a plus. I can produce a track by calling in various instrumentalists to play my idea(s). That still makes me the producer of the finished song. The instrumentalists receive instrumentation credits. Hope I did well trying to explain the difference. S3 nkofo nti asi3 ah omo nko Google. Medaasi.

We know every beat maker has their creative process. Could you take us through yours?

Ei this question dierrr. Ah, the answer is too long. Let me find the link to a short video I did with NotionAfrica. Here you go. Did a short studio session with Chase & I think it answers the question; a bit.

What’s your favorite genre of music to make? 

Hip-Hop/R&B but trust Jayso to go from Lay Away to this; I love good music.

The production on that M.anifest tune is amazing.

Thanks! A.B Crentsil’s shoutout to me at the outro is Bae. Legend.

What would you say is your best or favorite piece of work till date? 

To be very honest I don’t have one. I love a few. Steady Progress with Reggie Rockstone, Borga Borga, War with Wyclef and Kwaw Kese, Lay Away, Y3 wo Adze Oye, I didn’t fancy the beat for Special Someone but I think the collabo was powerful, Making Tasha Proud, but trust, the best is yet to come – God-willing.

Do you think the HipHop music scene in Ghana has improved in any way since you started out?

Definitely. From an underground movement to having a category in the GMAs. From The Skillions DemoTapes to nominations globally. From Africa Unite by Scientific to Pizza & Burger being nominated at the Channel O MVAs,  a resounding yes!

Who’s the most inspiring artiste you’ve worked with so far and what makes them exceptional? 

That will be Wyclef. He taught me one thing, to be humble throughout. I was surprised when he asked for my opinion after doing a verse on a track I produced. I gave him my honest opinion and asked him to retake it. He agreed & did it again. I was so surprised. Valuable lesson learned there. Other artists like Sarkodie, M.anifest & my Skillions Team have inspired me too.

Who are your Top 5 producers both globally and right here in Ghana?

Ghana  (in no particular order):Paapa, MikeMillzOnEm,  Drvmroll, Yung Fly, Kuvie

Notice how I mentioned the young producers making it happen. The OGs be OGs.

Globally [Top 5] Timbaland, Dr Dre, Kanye West, Quincy Jones, Cobhams Asuquo

What’s your take on the balance between originality and commercial music as a producer? 

I believe any original composition has the potential to be commercially successful. For me, it’s about making good music first & the rest is up to the universe.

What production software do you prefer to use and why?

I can name a few; FL Studio, Wavelab, Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Waves Plug-ins & other VST instruments

I use these software because they provide easy-to-use interfaces & of course, they are industry standards.

Finally, what would you say sets you apart from your colleagues and what advice would you give to upcoming producers?

Just being myself really. My advice to upcoming producers, “be humble, learn from whoever you look up to & be different”.

Great advice! Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us!

You are welcome & thanks for the platform. Kudos to you and the team behind this. A laudable move.

 

Credit: beatphreaks.com

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OMAR STERLING joins call for WEE LEGALIZATION! – SEE VIDEO!

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Video has surfaced of R2Bees member Omar Sterling calling for the legalisation on Indian hemp in the country.

In the video sighted by ENEWSGH, the prolific rapper, in the middle of cutting what appears to be a birthday cake decorated with the substance, calls for the decriminalisation of the herb, pointing out that it could prove valuable to the country.

The Starboy Worldwide president is not the first to advocate for the legalisation of the substance. indeed, quite a number of his colleagues in music (including Samini, Kwaw Kese, Blakk Rasta, Ekow Micah etc) as well as other top Ghanaian personalities have all advocated for its legalisation, indicating its potential to draw in foreign income, as well as proven medicinal purposes.

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#CokeStudioAfrica: Bisa KDei Makes EDDY KENZO “Ampesi & Abom” – WATCH!

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Ghana’s Bisa KDei made Ugandan counterpart Eddy Kenzo a true believer of indigenous Ghanaian cooking.

Both singers are housemates at the 2017 Coke Studio Africa series, and ahead of their musical collaboration, they took some time out to explore each other’s story and culture a bit more.

Bisa revealed that he learned to make the dish from his mum as a young boy, and it has become part of him ever since.

A popular name in contemporary Ghanaian highlife, Bisa KDei is one of 5 Ghanaian reps on the programme this year, the others being Joey B, Masta Garzy, Killbeatz, and Worlasi.

This year, housemates come from countries as outh Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, and Cameroon.

Nigeria’s MI Abaga and 2Baba (2Face Idibia), Kenya’s Avril, Ghana’s EL, Stonebwoy, Efya and Mozambique’s Neymar have all performed at previous editions of Coke Studio Africa.

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Stonebwoy, LIL WIN perform @ GOtv MAX Kumasi launch!

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Over the weekend in Kumasi, GOtv Ghana hosted a massive concert to introduce its new package GOtv MAX to the public. The event held at the Kumasi City Mall, attracted thousands of concert goers who defied the heavy downpour to enjoy the music and fireworks display.

The event was nearly marred by the rain storm that started immediately the first set of performers hit the stage. Fans were forced to take shelter within the mall for well over three hours until the storm passed through and the equipment were checked and given the green light for the concert to resume at 10pm.

General Manager, GOtv Ghana, Kingsley Afful performing the launch reaffirmed the commitment of GOtv to bring its subscribers the best local and international TV shows first, hence the introduction of the GOtv MAX package. He explained that “Quality entertainment has always been a key focus on GOtv platform and we are excited to continue building our entertainment options for our customers by bringing them this new package”.

“We understand that times are tough but that doesn’t mean that our customers have to miss out on world-class entertainment. Sports just got bigger and better with the GOtv MAX package which will bring the best football titles in the world, La Liga, along with more entertainment choice for the whole family like CBS Reality, Sony Max and FOX.”

GOtv MAX customers will enjoy access to over fifty channels of the hottest local and international channels featuring everything from the freshest series, music and sport to the latest in fashion reality, celebrity and kiddies programming.  “From 1st October, all active GOtv Plus subscribers have been automatically upgraded onto the GOtv Max package at no cost to them to sample this new package for one full month”, Mr. Afful added.  He also announced a reduction on the price of GOtv decoders to GHs79 and the subscription price cuts on the GOtv Plus package to GHs35.

Fans were entertained by Stonebwoy and the BossNations’ CEO, the pride of Kumasi, Lil Win and crew. Several fans were rewarded with GOtv decoders as part of the launch activities by the artistes. The event was culminated in a huge firework display deep into the night to the delight of the thousands present at the event.

 

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EBOO readies 2ND VIDEO ahead of NEW ALBUM [+images]

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Empire’s franchise music star EBOO is back to take his! Since announcing his return to active music after a significant hiatus, he has swung into full force –dropping major anthems in quick succession, and mounting key stages reserved for only the best in the game.

A month ago, the Once/ Twice hitmaker was in the beautiful coastal city of Cape Coast shooting visuals for  one of the songs off his yer-to-be-released comeback album “Good Life”. Over the weekend, he partnered with friend and creative genius Director OJ for another video shoot, this time, in Jamestown- Accra.

Director OJ ( CEO of Big OJ Films), is also responsible for accompanying visuals to Eboo’s “Honey” (released in 2010). On set, the rare creative partnership between artist and director, fostered over several years, was apparent, and as Eboo reveals, it made the project effortless.

“People should just watch out for the videos”, concluded the talented singjay.

Born on December 15 in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Eboo (known privately as Andrew Joel Adisi) describes his life as one dedicated to music. He started music at the tender age of twelve (12), and has hardly looked back ever since.

Widely praised by connoisseurs at a listening session sometime back, Eboo’s “Good Life” album  consists a staggering 21 songs, and will shake up the terrain without doubt.

 

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I wrote a lot of songs for Castro – Afezi Perry

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Takoradi based act, Afezi Perry says he was behind a some of the hit songs released by hiplife gem Castro.

The 2017 VGMA unsung nominee disclosed this in an interview with Regina  Van Helvert on the Rymthz show on GH One Television. he told the host ” I was Castro’s protege. I stayed with him for so many years just to undergo grooming to be a successful artiste. There are several things that I can’t disclose on air but to be frank, I wrote a lot of his hit songs for him, not just Under, I have written for several artists, I wrote Sister Afia’s Jeje featuring Shatta Wale ” he said.

Afezi Perry is a sensational Ghanaian singer and songwriter whose lyrics cut across all genres of music. He is acknowledged for smash hits such as “Dedew”, “maabena”, “Sika Beba” “wonkoaa”, and much more.
Music lovers probably may have fallen in love with the soul crooner during the 2017 VGMA nominees jam in Suyani where he was put in the Unsung category with Eshun, Cina Soul, CJ Biggerman and Kwame Eugene etc.
With all the outlandish performances by these acts, the Takoradi based entertainer was at his usual entertaining best on the night. His ability to control the crowd aided his presence on stage and boosted cheers from fans. To many, Afezi Perry put his craft together without blemish and as such was ahead of other competitors vying for the Unsung Artist of the Year Award at the VGMA Nominees Jam held in Suyani, early on in the year. Entertainment critics rated his performance eight of ten.
To many, Afezi Perry put his craft together without blemish and as such was ahead of other competitors vying for the Unsung Artist of the Year Award at the VGMA Nominees Jam held in Suyani, early on in the year. Entertainment critics rated his performance eight of ten.
Afezi Perry managed by HYPHEN INC a talent management company based in Accra owned and founded by Gh one TV’s VJ Xpliph.
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DJ Mic Smith to shutdown Accra with the biggest DJ Concert In Ghana as part of his 10th year anniversary

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Sunday October 22nd will be etched in the memories of many Ghanaians as a tall list of top stars converge at the Accra Mall food court to party and pay tribute to the contribution of DJ Mic Smith to the Ghanaian and international music industry.

For the past decade, Mic Smith known in real life as Michael Owusu-Smith has demonstrated a monstrous mastery of his craft. His flawless control of the turntables has endeared him to the hearts of many in Ghana and across the shores of the country. So on an occasion to recognize his efforts in putting the country on a different pedestal, “A” list DJS like Andy Dosty, DJ Kess, Nigeria’s finest, DJ Neptune, DJ Mensa, Killa Fingers, DJ Vyrusky are amongst the DJs on rotation to celebrate with him in mega style.

The Shutdown King as he is affectionately called has paid his dues both to the music and Djing fraternity.

So on the night, expect artiste like Mr. Eazi to take things easy as he delivers explosive tunes from his arsenal. E.L, A.I, Magnom, Kojo Cue, are also part of a tall list of performers to thrill patrons at the free concert dubbed SHUTDOWN 2017.

About DJ Mic Smith

Micheal Owusu known as DJ Mic Smith is an event, club, radio, mixtape and artist DJ and also an entrepreneur from the republic of Ghana.

He also currently holds several nominations from Ghana DJ Awards; The Redbull club DJ of the year awardMic Smith is also the official DJ for international Afrobeats star Mr Eazi signed to the highly successful Ghanaian record label Miester Music .

Mic began DJing by “accident” when looking for a job over 10 years ago, where he had an embedded passion for music and allowed this to take more of a forefront in his life than it had previously. At Hot fm (93.9) in the early stages of 2008, he started as a radio presenter who presented the entertainment news on the Drive Time Show hosted by Okyeame Quophi. Within a year of life in the media world. Mic began spinning, his talent was pushed to the next level, when he became resident DJ at one of the most recognised clubs in Accra, Rockstone’s Office known to many as Django. Over the years he was the main focus entertainment at the club and his talent on the decks quickly earned him the nickname ‘The Shutdown King’ exposing him to many opportunities including national and international gigs.

 

 

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