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



Veteran producer and Ghanaian hiphop icon Jayso (known privately as Paul Nuamah Donor) has revealed to 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.




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Ongoing. Cape Coast. The concert features top local acts.

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‘Remember Ebony’ – An Hammer of the Last Two SPECIAL Feat. Worlasi, Obrafour, Poetress Alpha, OTHERS



Last Two Music Group’s Hammer makes a return with a new tribute song for departed Ghanaian musician Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng (Ebony).

Hammer assembles Worlasi, Obrafour and Poetress Alpha in a song that also features soundbites from Ebony mother’s reaction after news reached her about the young musician’s demise, a BBC news report on her death as well as some others from her one week celebrations at the Martin de Porres School in Dansoman, Accra, recently. READ THIS & THIS 

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Another Gospel singer come to light from Ghana Police Service – Barima Kusi (WATCH TEASER)



Once again another gospel musician is going to emerge from the Ghana Police Service with the showbiz name Barima Kusi but privately known as Kusi Alfred Barima.

Barima Kusi is a gospel musician born into the Church of Pentecost in Offinso Asamankama in the Ashanti Region but lived in Kumasi. He now worships with the Faith Way Chapel International headed by female Minister of God, Pastor Selina in Alajo Accra Ghana.

Speaking to Barima Kusi, he said, his singing ministry started at a very tender age, in Sunday School. He continued singing till a Pastor adopted him to his church called Christian Hope Ministry in Kumasi. And when he entered his senior High School at the Armed Forces Senior High, he received a certificate and then applied to join the Ghana Police band and fortunately for him, they accepted him into the service. After passing out from recruitment, he was posted to Tesano Police Depo where he is now serving as a Police Constable.

According to Barima Kusi, all the necessary procedure for a Policeman to be allowed to join the mainstream music industry has been done and has been given the green light to pursue his other God-given talent. He said he is grateful to the Ghana Police Service especially the IGP for granting him that opportunity.

Barima Kusi is now under the management of the renowned music company, Adeaefe Entertainment.

Barima is yet to release his debut seven tracks album titled “Grace”. The album includes some wonderful tracks like “Mede Wo Aseda Ka, Begye Wayeyi, Woye Kronkron, Obi Nya Waye and Afa” which He featured his music mentor Chief Superintendent Kofi Sarpong on it. The “Afa” video has already been shot but yet to be released on air. All hail Barima Kusi

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MATTERS OF THE HEART! New Akwaboah Album Out Soon



Consummate Ghanaian musician, Akwaboah Jnr, is set to publish an album this year. Acclaimed for penning some of the most influential contemporary love songs from these parts, such as Becca’s ‘Daa ke Daa’,  SP Kofi Sarpong’s ‘Ayeyi Ndwom’ , and much of Sarkodie’s 2015 live album ‘Mary‘, the singer’s work is expected to be truly groundbreaking.

Son of Highlife great Kwadwo Akwaboah (formerly of the Marriots International Band), the 2010 VGMA Songwriter of the Year is currently signed to SarkCess Music, and recently published “Hey Me Bo”.

Not much else is known about the forthcoming album, which is titled “Matters of the Heart”, but details are expected to trickle in in coming days.






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This year’s Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards is slated for Saturday 14th July 2018, at InterContinental Hotel in London. Ahead of the highly sought-after event, nominations have been open across 11 categories.

Inaugurated in Porchester Hall in October 2010,  the scheme, which has seen such prestigious persons as actor Idris Elba, Fuse ODG, veteran boxer Azumah Nelson, as well as EIB boss Bola Ray all awarded for their contribution across various spectrums.

The categories include Made in Ghana Award, Efie Ne Fie Award, Innovation & Technology Award, Leisure & Tourism Award, Sustainable Agriculture Award, Humanitarian Award, Ghanaian Association of the Year Award, Charity of the Year Award, Rising Star Award, Professional of the Year Award, and Student Achiever of the Year Award.

CEO of GUBA Enterprise Mrs Dentaa Amoateng MBE, submitted the following regarding the importance of the nomination process:

“The call for nominations is a crucial part of the GUBA Awards. The process allows for the public to have their say and bring forth a wide array of talented and deserving individuals. I urge everyone to participate in this process, to bring to light the talents that go unrecognised.”

This year, nominations can be filed via between March 20 to April 10, 2018.


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Stephanie Benson, Kobla Jnr, OTHERS for YFM’s BLC event March 30



Come Friday, March 30, YFM, Ghana’s number one urban radio station will offer Ghanaian Boss Ladies the opportunity to party the night away in a grand style.

The much anticipated event which will take place at Badu Lounge inside Labone is free for ladies.

According to Eddy Blay, Programs Manager for YFM, the BLC event will also have all the Boss Ladies of YFM present to chill with other fans as well.

BLC will attract a tall list of some top notch musicians in Ghanaian including Stephanie Benson and Kobla Jnr among others. The event will be hosted by YFM’s Akosua Hanson with DJ Kess on deck.

“YFM is noted for organizing ground breaking events and BLC is part of it. BLC is going to be a night of unlimited music, fun activities and more. The event which is absolutely free for ladies, will attract ladies from the corporate world among others,” he stated.







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