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REVIEW: Enku Lenu – Stonebwoy

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Artist: Stonebwoy

Song: Enku Lenu (Eyes on You)

Label, Year: Burniton Music Group, 2017

 

You might have noticed that over the past few years, pop music in Africa appears to be leaning away from brisk tempo to something of a slower groove and more sensitive melody. Consider Wizkid’s ‘Ojuelegba’, Dr Sid’s ‘Surulere’, Shatta Wale’s ‘Romantic’, Runtown’s ‘Mad Over You’, Sarkodie’s ‘Painkiller’, Patoranking’s ‘No Kissing Baby’, Tiwa Savage’s ‘If I Start to Talk’ and Mr Eazi’s ‘Leg Over’. Because it is the African terrain, vigorous rhythms will always be with us. Dance is sweeter that way, but the relaxed melody—that’s what’s up right now.

Even before it became a thing, Ghanaian dancehall singer and BET honoree Livingstone Satekla (Stonebwoy) has always experimented with that kind of rhythm. In the past decade or so that he has been active, he has registered continental success with rapid records: ‘Pull Up’ (2012), ‘Bhim Nation’ (2014), ‘People Dey’ (2016), but he has done just as impressive with cozy vibes too: ‘Ghetto Love’, ‘Baafira’, ‘Talk to Me’ (ft. Kranium), ‘Mightylele’, ‘Gbedegbede’, ‘Problem’.

‘Enku Lenu’, the exquisite love song the singer kicks off 2017 with, is packaged in that air—three verses of sensitive calmness which runs up your skin in gentle caress, rather than exploding in your face, demanding instant foot movement and spirited waist flailing. Produced by Awaga, protégé of his longtime sidekick Beatz Dakay, ‘Enku Lenu’ is, of course, littered with rash promises accompanying new fondness:

My girlie oooo girlie ooo

I want to touch you touch you

Say make I do anything for you

Girl am ready yoo ready yoo oh oh

 

That first line is noticeable homage to Nigerian comrade Patoranking, whose Girlie O was groundbreaking in Ghana as much as it was in Nigeria, and across Africa, and whose chemistry with Ghanaian artists is incredible. ‘No Kissing Baby’ is the brightest example, but he’s appeared on remixes with Stonebwoy, and Jupitar. Elsewhere, drunk in love, Stonebwoy declares: “I go dey follow you like curse”.  It is a troubling phase during the chase, but it has to be said: some women do love that kind of talk.

A decent video (directed by Alexx Adjei) aptly captures the pleasures of being held prisoner by love of all things. One scene shows the singer, after being abducted by a band of female captors, getting tormented by his kidnappers stripped down to thongs and see-throughs. Stonebwoy the captive is smiling.

While Awaga receives production credits on ‘Enku Lenu’, which might make the next Stonebwoy album EOM (Epistles of Mama), the song is very much Dakay’s handiwork. Besides the fact that he mixed and mastered the record, he might as well have produced it—the specific use of the snare as drumroll tool, the keyboard progression, the invocation of the aura of wind instruments—these are all elements of the Dakay Method, which has worked every time, particularly with Stonebwoy, who has only partnered with a handful other producers.

It is safe to say that the Dakay Method is why Stonebwoy has come this far in the first place.  Recent news reports suggest a deterioration in their relationship, and therefore, a possible end to their creative collaboration. As was the case of giants D’Banj and Don Jazzy in Nigeria, Ghana is devastated, and dreads an imminent downward spiral for somebody, but ‘Enku Lenu’, like the many other gems he has dispatched over the years, is evidence that Stonebwoy remains a god of melody.

 

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Pauli-B releases new single ‘Pamurege’

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Lady Don Dada – Pauli-B returns after her chart-topping single ‘Dedeede’ to end the year 2017 in a grand style by dropping her much anticipated Afrobeats song ‘Pamurege’.

The fast tempo song introduces the newest dance moves in Africa currently rocking dancefloor is the nightclubs.

B.Max Entertainment, managers of the singer unleashes an exciting dance music video to complement the release.

The video was shot on location in Toronto, Canada by Tee Tash

Watch the video below:

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DJ Vibez releases Christmas mix ‘Afro Love’

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One of the fast-rising DJs, DJ Vibez has released a new mixtape titled “Afro Love”.

The Mixtape was weaved on the theme Love.

The mix features songs from artists like Mr Eazi, King Promise, Manifest, Kelvynbwoy, KiDi, Kwami Eugene, Mayorkun, Simi among others.

This mix comes with the “Vibe With Me” (VWM) Project — a compilation of Songs & Mixtapes that will feature upcoming artists, producers as well big artists.

Listen to the mix below:

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LISTEN: Jamal releases classic hip-hop song ‘New Girl’

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Gra Gra records signed act Jamal has released a classic hip-hop song.

Titled “New Girl” the song talks about a new girl he feels in love with.

Jamal has been tipped by many hip-hop heads as one of the talents to watch out for in coming years.

Gra Gra records and Entertainment company owned and ran by Ebodili Chijiokwu Simeon known in Showbiz circles as Skolary which recently unveiled 5 top Nigerian but Ghana-based acts on his label.

Listen to the song below:

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Lynx Family announces “Wave Concert”, DEC 29

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Richie Mensah’s Lynx Entertainment has had a truly outstanding 2017. Offerings from the camp, especially from Kuami Eugene and KiDi have dictated the overall sound in the country since their release.

Come December 29 at the Achimota Retail Centre, the trio crown the year with the “Wave Concert”, which they describe as “only the beginning”.

Expected to be overbooked, the night will see MzVee dish out several hits from her catalogue, including her third studio album DaaVee, as well as the hit singles Angela and Odo from Eugene and KiDi respectively.

The evening will also witness supporting performances from esteemed colleagues including Efya, Adina, Vvip, King Promise, Tinny, Edem, Yaa Pono, Kurl Songz, Akwaboah, Magnom, Kojo Cue, Shaker, B4Bonah, Opanka, Cina Soul, Cj Biggerman, Freda Rhyme, Dope Nation, Nana Yaa Patch Bay Band, and Dj Vyrusky.

 

 

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All set for Worlasi’s “Outerlane Concert” tomorrow!

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Worlasi was born and raised in Ghana, and he hails from Agbozume in Volta region. He is a figure painting artist and also a musician. He is a beast of a rapper, producer, singer and songwriter. His songs have been praised for being refreshing and inspiring and his lyrics, unrestrained and African.

Worlasi is an intriguing contrast: hyper confident yet humble, hungry for knowledge and simultaneously overflowing with it. His breakthrough single, Ay3 Adz3 set him apart from his peers. He caps off such focused and realistic lyricism with his mixtape project, Nus3, released in September 2016. Nus3 is a super jumbo bundle of motivation, assertiveness and self- belief. This was his first major project and it already has people calling him a god.

He released a second major project which has also nothing short of breathtaking and shot compelling visuals for two of his singles- One Life and Nukata. Since then he has worked and bagged features with artistes like EL, M.anifest, Hammer of Da Last Two, Sena Dagadu and shared songs with the likes of Sarkodie and Kwaw kese. He has shared stage with some of Ghana’s finest musical acts on platforms such as ACCRA [dot] ALT’s Sabolai Radio, rock group, Dark Suburb’s Awakening concert, Beatphreaks, The Unheard Voices etc.

 Worlasi wraps up this year’s success by performing songs from his upcoming EP (Outerlane) on Saturday, 16th December 2017 at 7pm at the Amphitheatre of Alliance Francaise Accra. The concert would be with the Safoa Band and Fans would be thrilled to a live performance of songs from the Outerlane EP. Also performing would be Alee & Dede, artistes who are signed to Worlasi’s record label.

Other featured artistes for this concert include Manifest, EL, Teephlow, Boyd, Extacy & Kwame X. Save the date and come with your friends and family to enjoy extraordinary mixture of Afro, Rap and Soul music!

 

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‘KOK StopOver Tour’ back this December

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After a successful beginning at Awoshie in the month of September 2017, Koo Ntakra and his friends return on December 16th for another mega street block of the ‘KOK StopOver Tour’.

With over three thousand in attendance at the first stop, the second promises to be sizzling hot inside Bubuashie, BN Pub, Bishop School on Saturday 16th December.

Koo Ntakra who recently released his 2nd studio album ‘KOK’, is to be joined on stage on the night with an array of his colleagues including dancehall diva Renner, Tee Rhyme, Amerado, Phrame, Addi Govnor, Bassaw and a host of other arts, as well as surprises from some of the artists featured on his KOK Album.

The ‘KOK StopOver Tour’ is a Gulfcoast Entertainment & Dekins Entertainment event, powered by Coloured Frutz, with support from ignite Creatives, BankyNation and all our media partner.

The event is a free concept which looks to bring the artists closer to their fans in a more interactive way, as well promote other up and coming talents across board.

 

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