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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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#ITISPOSSIBLE! Eboo, WUTAH, Stonebwoy, Efya thrill patrons @ Bola Ray book launch

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EIB boss and celebrated broadcaster Bola Ray (Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi) launches his biography “It Is Possible” today September 21 at the Labadi Beach Hotel.

The event, compered by veteran radio host Kwame Sefa Kayi, has attracted the creme de la creme of society. The likes of Julius Debrah, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Nana Kwabena Nketia V, Rev. and Mrs. Albert Ocran, Klaus VonBackustein, French Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Francois Pujolas among others.

The night –truly one of class –has seen excellent performances from the likes of Eboo, Stonebwoy, Efya, Wutah, and the Patch Bay Band.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book (titled “It Is Possible”) details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Joining radio while still in university, Bola Ray has grown to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole. He joined Accra-based Top Radio after university and went on to The Multimedia Group, where he served a variety of roles, mainly hosting Drivetime on Joy for 11 years. For the past two years, he has been host of Starr Chat and co-host of Starr Drive, aside being head of the EIB Network and the Empire Group. 

 

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

 

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! EBOO, Efya, Patch Bay, OTHERS to perform @ Bola Ray bio launch

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Dancehall/ Afrobeats gem Eboo will perform his compelling tribute song in honour of Bola Ray’s book launch tonight at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.

Like the memoire, the song is titled “It Is Possible”, and proves a touching testimony of the celebrated broadcaster’s journey. Produced by Legacy Beats, it also features the EIB boss himself.

Other top acts named for the night include sultry chanteuse Efya, the Patch Bay Band, as well astalented saxophonist Mizter Okyere.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the 320-pager details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

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Xtacy announces single “My Baby”… out on Sept. 25

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Xtacy, the name that is fast making the circles of music lovers set to amaze his growing fan base with yet another well-crafted piece of art.

“My Baby”, which is the title of his forthcoming single was produced and mixed by the incredible Qube. It is an Afrobeats song with a Caribbean feel in terms of production with the lyrics expounding how much he misses some special someone in his life.

The song which is due to be released on 25.09.17 is very groovy and relaxing too at the same time.

Xtacy is signed to the Accra based record label supremeRights.

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Pen & Paper: Ko-Jo Cue, Shaker announce first single off joint album – WATCH!

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BBNZ acts Ko- Jo Cue and Shaker have partnered on a new album. The pair are among dominant names in Ghanaian hiphop circles, and as expected, the project (titled “Pen & Paper”) is unapologetically dedicated to the genre.

The result of pleas by fans for them to“take it to the beginning of their music career” and “not necessarily focused on making hits or money”, the work is scheduled for release in coming weeks.

Here are visuals to the title track of the album, shot at the BBNZ offices and directed by Esianyo Kumodzi:

 

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New Video: Amaarae – ‘Lonely’

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Born in New York and raised between Atlanta and Accra, 23 year old singer, songwriter, producer and engineer, amaarae is an artist who describes herself and her sound as an eclectic blend of bold, yet sexy lyricism and longing vulnerable melodies.

The polarizing combination of uninhibited wordplay and amaarae’s small yet alluring vocals are what makes this young woman so shocking to listen to, yet one cannot help but fall prey to the fierce expression of lust, pain, and love lost in the singer’s music.

Here, the artist presents herself in the most intimate setting possible, her living room – performing her song “Lonely”.

Her upcoming project Sex, Heartbreak & The Beach will be available on all streaming platforms in late October.

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Twitter: @amaarae

Instagram: @amaarae

Facebook:@iamamaarae

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#ITISPOSSIBLE – Eboo drops official theme song for Bola’s biography – LISTEN!

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The entire country is is gearing up for the launch of media mogul Bola Ray’s biography tomorrow, September 21.

Slated for the Labadi Beach Hotel, the ceremony is expected to be graced by key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Ahead of the launch, prolific reggae- dancehall singer Eboo, announces the official theme song for the book. Like the book, it is titled “It is Possible”, and is a touching testimony of the celebrated broadcaster’s journey. It was produced by Legacy Beats, and is laced with uplifting statements by the EIB boss himself.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the 320-pager details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Copies of the book can be preordered via bolaray.com

 

Listen to the song below: 

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