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A highly spiritual WAIST BEAD & a jam for days – ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ – A REVIEW

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Like the imprint handling him now, singer Kurl Songx’s Jennifer Lomotey strikes you in a manner that is truly “highly spiritual”. It’s highlife alright – the one true conduit of the Ghanaian love speech – still, it is characterized by incendiary pizzazz which we’ve only seen work with dancehall or hip-hop.

What a way for singer Kurl Songx to state his name! 1st runner-up for Vodafone Icons – Street Edition (2013) and 2016 winner of music reality show MTN Hitmaker, the unassuming chap has stirred vibrations powerful enough to invoke fear and trembling amongst even established acts. Like Bisa KDei did with Mansa and Brother Brother in 2015, Songx’s song is immediately key for the genre, and key among songs of influence in 2017, Taking Over, Sponsor, Bronya, Leg Over etc notwithstanding. Aftershocks of Jennifer Lomotey will be felt for a long long time. Thus is the consequence of fearless creativity.

Indeed, Songx himself may never fully understand what bold statement he has made – how well he has scratched his initials into modern highlife. After all, he merely set out to remember a harmless high school infatuation. Yet, is “ordinary” not vital in spelling “extraordinary”?

Jennifer Lomotey is designed to abide. From title to final note, it is impossible to forget. “The title self dey kill me, confesses a lager enthusiast behind a pot-belly and grams of hops and barley. It is a wild name to call a song, and perhaps Jehoshaphat Eshun (Screwface) was told same when he recorded Gbalagazaa, which ranks among bona fide hits of the 2000s.

The vehemence that this KayWa-engineered jam oozes is as a result of deliberate tailoring. It is why each semitone of the instrumentation embodies rare uniqueness and flavorsome finishing. Like a meal prepared with love, every second of the tune is anticipated with childish delight, because, each moment is filled with uncommon wit.

These meticulously placed components make for exciting little brainteasers too, ensuring that the song lends itself seamlessly to the replay button: that hush is merely a pause, and not conclusion, those punchy drum sequences here aren’t quite the same throughout the song after all.

Nothing less is expected from the Highly Spiritual Music CEO – the celebrated genius who has also brewed hit songs for Sarkodie, Kwabena Kwabena Ofori Amponsah, Ohemaa Mercy, Becca, Castro, Buk Bak, and a host of others. 4-time VGMA Producer of the Year, KayWa, via Jennifer Lomotey, pushes the boundaries of highlife to new scopes — yet again, proving his value to music from these parts.  The cadence of the song is established in classic highlife, and those string and percussion placements ensure that the spirit of the melody is back to the good old days. Nevertheless, KayWa’s fingertips sprinkle an essence that is custom-built and truly avant-garde. That is why it will serve as outline for the next phase of the genre.

Notice how the instrumentation is memorized alongside lyric in the song. Notice how the bass guitar hums along to lines from the catchy chorus delivered by Songx. Not many other songs bear this feature.

I give you my heart and my body

Whenever you need love, call me

I go give it to you six in the morning

I be your hobby

I go do anything for your body

These words, which constitute the crust of the chorus, aren’t exactly problematic. They sung with the passionate tenderness of a lover, not a fighter.  Hardly the same can be said for Sarkodie though, who possesses one of the most important voices on the continent. It has been the case for well over a decade. Ace broadcaster Nana Aba Anamoah aptly notes of his influence in a July tweet: “Want to go higher? Feature Sarkodie”. Examples abound in and outside the country to justify Nana Aba’s pronouncement.

Recruiting the rap icon also means employing a lyrical beast who is held back by nothing! A true artist, he’s not scared to create discomfort: he’s poked power, and veered into risky terrain like fornication, homosexuality, the Illuminati…Guest verses he has submitted on joints as R2Bees’ Ajeei, Joey B’s Tonga, Ofori Amponsah’s Alewa, because of how border-line coarse innuendoes in these verses have been, they have attracted as much disapproval as they have courted praise. In Jennifer Lomotey, it is these words that have caused public uproar, most notably among Ada youth, who take this line: “Krobonii baa papa a ahweneɛ da ne sisi/ Komfo Anokye de adwaman abɔ no dua” to be a statement of utmost disrespect to their tribe.  Proclaiming that a foremost witchdoctor in Ghanaian history has cursed this Krobo woman with promiscuity cannot be taken lightly under any circumstance.

Yet, to Sarkodie, as it should be with all creatives, “taboo topic” is merely an expression. He’s clever, and seemingly emerges unscathed from scandals festered by his bars, every time. Radio smells something fishy with his rhyme for sure, but can’t really do much about it, because the words aren’t necessarily invectives, hence not exactly prohibited.

The lady at the end of both verses that Sarkodie spews, should be shaken, even if it’s love that is being promised. The phraseology through which the rapper conveys his intentions are impish and forward, stimulating and disturbing.

Accompanying visuals had to be just as big, and Songx’s handlers entrusted Gorilla Films’ Justin Campos with that task. Campos is a top name in video directing around the continent, and as expected, he delivers a picture which is top-notch – mainly being led by the punches in the song, and constructing a story through fast cars, club lights and glossy lipstick. Will the video, despite it being shot in sunny South Africa by the great Gorilla Films have as much impact as the song? That is a judgment we can make after a few months at least.

Songx is a determined vocalist, considering the quality of competition he fought off in MTN Hitmaker (where he simply traded by Kelvin): F9, Eugene and Sir Tino. To be under the tutelage of KayWa is extra fortune for anyone. It gives the crooner extra advantage.

Stimulus as is found in Jennifer Lomotey cannot be captured in a single song, and you don’t change a formula that works. Therefore, the pair have swiftly recorded a follow-up.

Titled Whistle and due for release this Saturday, it is also produced by KayWa, and Campos handles accompanying visuals. Songx’s handlers are optimistic of just as much success. And why not? Jennifer Lomotey has opened key doors for the act, and perhaps in this one case, lightening will strike the same place twice.

Kaywa bɔ me piano…

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Adane BEST, Samuel Owusu, Tagoe Sisters, others for “Time with MGA” concert, March 2

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The Executives of MUSIGA Greater Accra, (MGA) in partnership with EventMastersGh, and Alliance Francaise Accra presents “Time with MGA“: a  variety show featuring top artistes of all genres.

The MGA Variety Show is a pre-independence day live concert slated for Friday, March 2, 2018. Artistes billed to perform include   Shegah (godmother of Dancehall music in Ghana), Adane Best (Highlife), Nana Quame (Highlife), Samuel Owusu (Highlife), Kento & Joe Wizzy (Hiplife), Ex-Doe (Hiplife), Soma Iddrissu (Traditional), Tagoe Sisters (Gospel), Gifty Osei (Gospel), Ras Caleb, Appiah-Levi (Reggae) and Mellodica led by bassist Emmanuel Ofori as a back-up Band for all the artistes.

This event promises to be one of the exhilarating concerts in the series of “Time with MGA”.

The Chairman of MUSIGA Greater Accra, Ras Caleb Appiah Levi said “this collaboration is welcoming as such Platforms do not only help the musicians to improve on their stage craft when it comes to live musical performances but also an avenue to further improve and grow the creative arts industry”.

Mr. Isaac Kofi Maafo, Director of EventMastersGh also added that, they are opened for partnerships as these concerts would provide one of the best and cost effective consumer engagement platforms for organizations to promote and consolidate their brands.

 

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Budding singer Mabiina radiates in new IMAGES

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Budding chanteuse Mabiina of Black Speech Music Group has released new photos.

The RnB singer who released her debut single “True Love”, in January has been tipped by industry persons to breakthrough mainstream soon.

She started music at the age of 7, and later to the famous Hush Hush studio with the legendary beat maker JQ, known for producing most smash hits in the 2000’s.

“ My Love for music is the Calling and to spread that love to my Fans and Music Lovers over the World is the Duty ” she submits.

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VIDEO: Only You – Kobla Jnr. (feat Efya)

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Black Avenue Musik signee, Kobla Jnr, has released a new song.

The promising act lays his powerful vocals blended with English, Pidgin and Ewe on his debut single “Only You” which features one of Africa’s Most Powerful female voices Efya.

The song was produced by in-house melody man, Rony Turn Me Up with video direction by Jay Jeneral.

Watch the video below:

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GEORGINA! dj ALjahZEEra’s “Music Pharmacy” kicks off “SOUND CIRCUIT” initiative with GH/ Gabon collab

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DJ ALjahZEEra, host of global music show, The Music Pharmacy, is unifying music talent from the continent in a way that is truly unprecedented.

Via his new initiative, “SOUND CIRCUIT”, which he describes as a social responsibility project to help new talented musicians / artistes and mainstream ones to exchange cultural heritage through international music collaborations, he adds to the African playlist, a remarkable new number.

The maiden single, slated for  22nd February and titled “Georgina”,  is an Afropop  masterpiece remixed with popular Gabonese group BGMFK whose audience share in the francophone parts of Africa is phenomenal, especially with the dominance of their songs Ayo, Loin & Aya on international television platforms such as Trace & Mtv base.

Gabonese band BGMFK. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

“Georgina” is a song composed by a talented burgeoning Ghanaian -based artiste named Vegas Ace,  who is steadily growing his fan base in the Sekondi – Takoradi metropolis & the Western region of Ghana as whole.

The song is also produced by Willisbeatz,  one of the greatest talents in music production today,  speculated to be nominated and awarded Producer of The Year at the upcoming Ghana Music Awards 2018.

Ghanaian act Vegas Ace. Follow him on Twitter ,  Instagram and Facebook 

You can connect with The Music Pharmacy via: TwitterInstagramFacebook , and Soundcloud

 

Here’s a snippet of the song:


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TRUE BELIEVER! Shatta Wale Charges at False Prophets in new song – LISTEN!

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In his new single “True Believer”, on which he features protégés Addi Self, and Natty Lee, Dancehall icon Shatta Wale confronts charlatans parading as men of God, in quintessential Shatta Wale fashion.

The joint, produced by MOG Beatz, interrogates the motives of prophets who seem to possess a penchant for seeing only bad news.

“You say you be true believer…only you wey know Jehovah…You say you be true believer, everyday you dey kill your brother” the Shatta Movement frontman and ZYLOFON Music signee ponders on the chorus.

In past weeks, a number of purported men of God have prophesied the singer’s demise –a development which has angered him greatly. In an explosive live video on Facebook following these “prophecies”, the singer petitioned the president, Nana Akufo Addo, saying that his life is in danger. He also threatened to burn down churches if this “false prophecy” fails to come to pass by December.

In a related development, his father, Charles Mensah Snr, has written a formal letter to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to investigate a Kasha-Based prophet for such a claim.

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These Paul Addo images sum up Ebony’s One – Week Observation!

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The One -Week observation ceremony for singer Ebony Reigns (Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng), held in Dansoman over the weekend, was characterised by a mix of emotions: disconsolate and celebratory alike.

A momentous time in modern Ghanaian music, the event attracted a myriad of sympathisers (celebrities, as well as regular folk).

Photographer Paul Addo, via a selection of poignant images, sums up the key scenes from proceedings. Follow him on Twitter

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