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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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I had the worse performance of my career at Rapperholic 2017 – Feli Nuna

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Ghanaian Afrobeat singer and one of the fastest rising music star in Africa Feli Nuna has opened up on her not so impressive performances at last year’s Rapperholic.

The ‘I like am ‘ singer in an interview with Ghone TV’s Eli Kharis on RythmzLive told the host ” I had my worse flop at Sarkodie’s rapperholic last December. Sarkodie called and said he wanted us (Freda Rhymes, Eno and I ) to do 16 bars each rap song for performance on the night. I ended writing and recording my part that 25th morning …… So I had to memorize before the show, I had several engagements that day ….. I went on stage and I forgot my lyrics, no one realized it ”

Known in real life as Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah, she is signed to Bee Hyve Entertainment which also has Mr Kem Ankude, better known as Fizzi, as their sound producer. Nuna has worked with the likes of EL, Joey B, and Richie Mensah and was one of  Ghana’s rep at the Coke Studio Africa in 2017.

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Freedom Cry Record signed artiste Eye Judah is out with a brand new dancehall anthem dubbed Control.

The song inspires the individual to always be in control and not to lose focus on life.

The song was produced by SicnarfPro.

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SATURDAY LIVE! Beloved Citi FM show returns this weekend with Rex OMAR, others

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Saturday Live, Citi FM’s popular music & arts programme, returns for the fourth season this weekend.

Compered by Kojo Akoto Boateng, the show, since its inception in 2014, has witnessed iconic weekly performances from established names, as well as served as a grooming ground for emerging acts. Pat Thomas, Paulina Oduro, Obrafour, Okyeame Kwame, Kontihene, Gasmilla, MzBel, Yaw Sarpong, Lucky Mensah, Wiyaala, Lawyer Ace Ankomah, and Kyekyeku have all appeared on the show.

Others include spoken word artists Poetra Asantewa, Chief Moomen, Nana Kofi Sammy, Abibikasa, comedian OB, Dark Suburb, Sollo 7, Josh Black, the Voice Trumpeter, Strongman, Six Strings, Koo Kumi, Adomaa, Hashmullah, Nene Narh, Choirmaster, Brenya, Celestine Donkor, and a host of others.

Aside treating listeners  to enthralling live renditions of some of their most requested songs, the show also sees the host engage acts in lively conversations pertaining to their careers and creative approaches, as well as their lives beyond music.

This season kicks of with sets by highlife great and Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) chairman, Rex Omar. He will be joined by singer Adina, as well as the Characters Band.

Saturday Live airs on Citi 97.3FM and Citi TV, 2 pm to 4 pm every Saturday.

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EFYA unveils brand-new single ‘Mamee’ featuring Mr Eazi

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Award-winning Ghanaian songstress EFYA delivers her wonderfully melodic new single ‘Mamee’, featuring Afrobeats artist Mr Eazi.

‘Mamee’ is an upbeat, summery production, which flaunts EFYA’s soulful vocal performance, alongside Mr Eazi’s smooth rap abilities. ‘Mamee’ samples the infectious chorus from Mariah Carey & Busta Rhymes’ 2003 hit single, ‘I Know What You Want’.

‘Mamee’ marks the second time EFYA and Mr Eazi have joined forces. The ‘Leg Over’ hitmaker enlisted EFYA to sing on his 2016 single, ‘Skintight’, which has surpassed 17 million plays on Spotify alone.

EFYA began her singing career like most, in the church choir, before performing under the moniker ‘Miss Jane’. She later reinvented herself under the name EFYA and in 2013, she released her mixtape ‘This Is Not The Album’ which was acclaimed by fans and critics alike.

‘This Is Not The Album’ features her incredibly powerful and euphoric ballad ‘Best In Me’. The track won the Ghanaian singer ‘Record of The Year’ and ‘Best Female Vocalist’ at the Ghana Music Awards. In total, EFYA has achieved the ‘Best Female Vocalist’ award five times consecutively. Not stopping there, adding to her astounding success in her native Ghana, EFYA was nominated five times at the World Music Awards.

EFYA continues to go from strength to strength with new single, ‘Mamee’. Positioned to be this year’s summer anthem, EYFA’s latest serving marks the evolving nature of her tones and cementing her reputation as one of the fastest rising talents in the 2018 music scene.

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Kuvie taps King PROMISE for new single – LISTEN!

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Here is new music off producer Kuvie’s recently-released Gruvie (Vol. 1) album. Titled “Too Much Love”, the stimulating record,  guitar -laced Afropop themed on the many promises apparent during infatuation, also features a striking vocal performance from singer King Promise.

Consisting 11 songs, Gruvie also features top acts including B4bonah, Joey B, RJZ, Kwesi Arthur among others.

Famed for his work with Pappy Kojo, Joey B, A.I etc, Kuvie’s most prominent works include You x I, and Grind.

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WOMAN POWER! NanaYaa announces new single – LISTEN!

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Beloved Ghanaian chanteuse, NanaYaa, follows up her explosive 2017 offering, “My Hunny”, with a new anthem purposely for he ladies.

Produced by Citruss Beats, ‘Woman Power’ looks to portrays the endless strengths of women.

Discussing the song, Nana Yaa (born Nana Yaa Thomas) explained the concept of the song as one focused on highlighting the power of a woman. “I mean, this song is for every woman across the world. It is about time we embrace our God-given power on earth and use it very well”, she said.

Nana Yaa adds that the song is also for men who love and appreciate the power of a woman.

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