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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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LISTEN: Kelvin2Much releases new Afrobeat wave “Attention”

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Ghana-based Nigerian Afro-Beats artiste Kelvin2Much has released another hit song titled “Attention”.
This song comes after “Shury” a hit song released earlier this year which has enjoyed massive airplay across various Radio, TV & Streaming platforms across the globe.
The artiste who has been recording since 2007, has worked with legendary producer BlackFace and currently has 6 songs to his credit.
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LISTEN: Keeny Ice – Barcode

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Rapper Keeny Ice has released a new single,”Barcode”.

In this song,the 2018 VMAs “Best rapper of the year” addressed certain issues including  the fast pace at which Rap fizzling out of the system. He also went hard on colleague rappers which is already a major subject for discussion in the media.

“Barcode” is the Moshes Musik signed artiste’s second HipHip song in two years after ‘Gankivi’.

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El Magnifico releases new single ‘ Bêlê ‘

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EL Magnifico is gradually cementing his name as one of the best Afrobeat stars in recent years.

The former student of Datus School complex in recent time has released top charting songs.

 Bêlê according to the singer is a new dance trend to take over soon.

The song was produced by DJ Sixon and video directed by Famous People.

He is currently signed to King M Entertainment.

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‘‘Ernest Opoku should go and ask for forgiveness from Nayas’’ – Rev. Mensah Bonsu

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Ghanaian Gospel musician Rev Mensah Bonsu has commented on the recent unfortunate fracas that ensued between Gospel musician Ernest Opoku and Ghanaian actress Nayas. Ernest Opoku had admitted in a previous interview of making a mistake by having an affair with the actress which resulted in a pregnancy. However, speaking with GN TV’s Pamela Boateng, Rev Mensah Bonsu has advised his colleague musician Ernest Opoku to seek forgiveness from Nayas so as to have peace of mind.

‘‘Whenever I sin, I rebuke myself and confess my sins to God. God did not come to condemn us. Condemnation is not biblical. When you wrong someone, you need to accept and ask for forgiveness and determine it won’t recur. It’s good Ernest says he’s sought forgiveness from God.

My problem is, if he hasn’t sought forgiveness from Nayas, he should do so, so she can freely forgive him. It is obvious Nayas is doing all these out of pain,’ Rev Mensah Bonsu said.

Commenting on the ongoing debate as to whether or not Gospel musicians should charge when invited to perform in churches, the ‘Nhyira’ hitmaker asserted that he will not fault any musician who charges as he believes the cunning ways of some Pastors have left them with no other option.

‘‘We all have different callings so I won’t condemn anyone. Some of my colleagues charge because of the dubious behaviours of some pastors. I once went to minister in a church and after the ministration; the host who was supposed to see to my welfare was nowhere to be found. Ideally, musicians shouldn’t charge

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LOVE ME! Recent Edem single gets video – WATCH!

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VRMG frontman, Edem, has published accompanying visuals for his recent highlife single “Love Me”. Directed by Asihene, the record comes off the back of  the well-received “Fie Fuor”.

Edem is slated to release his latest album, “The African Answer” this year. The CD follows other works as “Volta Regime”, “Mass Production”, and “Books and Rhymes”.

Watch it below:

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AYESEM LIVE IN CAPE COAST! Droves turn up for rapper’s maiden concert [+images]

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Cape Coast on Sunday, May 13, hosted the maiden edition of rapper Ayesem’s headline concert.

Dubbed ‘Ayesem Live In Cape Coast’, the show, put together by Shock Entertainment (management of multiple award-winning rapper), treated ravers to a night of truly memorable performances.

Held at the popular Kotokuraba and compered by Hitz FM  broadcaster, Dr Pounds, the show also witnessed supporting performances from Nero-X, Sista Afia, Cabum,  Eshun, Real MC, Kobi Symple, Boggy Wednezday, Okortor Perry, Kahpun among others.

Ayesem is author of many well-received joints including ‘Koti’, ‘Dede’ , ‘Satan’, and “Relationplane”.

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