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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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LISTEN: Versatile act Randy N releases another Afrobeat anthem ‘Mad’

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Randy Nunoo Ntreh also known as Randy N  a solo musical artiste with a distinct talent has released a new single Mad.

The Afrobeat song was produced by Jrow, He is signed onto N Music.

In 2014, he was the opening act at Mzvee’s Revelation concert as well as coca cola road show and Stonebwoy and friends show which was hosted at Mouston Beach.

Currently, he sings and rap on all kind of beats and still got a dream to learn beat producing in the near future. Inspired by the works of Sarkodie and Wiyaala, he classifies himself as a versatile artist.

Listen to the song below:

 

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VIDEO: Bam Bam – Magnom ft. $pacely

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Producer Magnom submits new visuals featuring budding act Spacely. Titled Bam Bam, it was produced By J Bux, while accompanying visuals were directed by Mickey Johnson.

The song is off his recently- released “We Speed” project. A 9-track album, the CD features appearances from Edem, Shaker, Darkovibes, Yaa Pono, and Bayku.

Born Joseph Anthony Bulley in 1987, the Illuminati star has quickly risen up the ranks to become one of the country’s most sought after producers.  He has created gems for national and continental music icons as Sarkodie, Asem, Pappy Kojo, Edem, VVIP, Gasmilla, Raquel, Guru, Efya, Samini, LAX, Mr. Eazi, Okyeame Kwame among others.

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VIDEO: Gwarn – Juls ft. Burna Boy

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Here are visuals for “Gwarn’,  Ghanaian producer Juls’ recent single featuring Nigerian dancehall act Burna Boy.

The animation piece was created and directed by Poka Art.

Characterised by superior smoothness and nostalgic string placements Juls is popular for, the record is powerful on the senses, and adds to the the growing catalogue of classics submitted by Juls.

Born in October 1985, DJ Juls is perhaps most known for his extensive work with singer Mr Eazi, including Skin Tight, and Bankulize.Juls has been associated with top acts as E.L, M.anifest, C-Real, Sarkodie, XO Senavoe, Efya, FOKN Bois, Yaa Pono,  Show Dem, etc.

Juls is recipient of multiple awards, including a 2017 AFRIMMA laurel, and is author of the Leap of Faith EP.

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One Africa Music Festival: Organizers regret “management miscommunication” which led to Sarkodie pulling out last minute!

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Organisers of the ‘One Africa Music Festival” have issued a statement apologising to Ghana’s Sarkodie for the mix-up that led to his inability to perform at the recently-held Dubai leg of the concert.

Published on photo-sharing platform Instagram Wednesday November 22, Paul O, owner of event outfit Upfront & Personal  reiterated his team’s “regret” at the turn of events, citing management miscommunication.”

Sarkodie was Ghana’s only rep at the concert, which also saw performances from 2face Idibia, Wizkid, Davido, Tekno, Diamond, Victoria Kimani, Cassper Nyovest, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Emma Nyra among others. His pulling out inspired widespread criticism at organisers of the event for allegedly sidelining him for Nigerian colleagues Wizkid and Davido, though he had been announced by host Banky W to mount the stage.

 

Read Paul O’s  full message below. 

On November 16, 2017, One Africa Global (OAG), held the fifth installment of the One Africa Music Fest (OAMF) in Dubai, thanks to Pepsi, the Dubai Tourism Board and our other sponsors it turned out to be a hugely successful event that was enjoyed by a sold out crowd at the Madinat Jumeriah, and was also live streamed to millions of fans around the world. 
As we continue to build our brand, we hold ourselves accountable to the highest esteem of professionalism and integrity to both our fans and artists and will continue to reach across all cultures, boundaries and understandings that collectively form One Africa. At the same time we call on all performing artists and fans alike to embrace that they appear as ambassadors of our culture and genre of music, and as such they must equally be held accountable for their behavior when attending one of our events, especially with regards to artists who are judged not only in their individual capacity but also on the actions and inactions of their entourage. The irony being no matter how well behaved an artist is, if a member of your entourage acts up the law, the press and the media only know you (the artist). We full heartedly thank all the artists that performed at OAMF Dubai. However we would like to offer our sincerest apologies to Sarkodie, his team and all his fans that came out to see him, due to management miscommunication, that led to him not performing and we regret that we missed out on his performance. We at OAG are personally accountable on delivering on all our commitments, and as such take it to heart when commitments are not fulfilled to either the artist or the fans. As we continue to improve our platform and the experience shared by the artist and fans our goals remain undeterred bringing Afrobeats enthusiasts under one roof, one shared love, one family, One Africa. 
Thank you. 
Paul O
(O.A.G. CEO) @oneafrica_musicfest@oneafricaglobal @fuzengn @sarkodie@djmensah @polawuk @angeltownbaby”

 

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Celebrated Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie (Michael Owusu Addo) pulled out of a November 16 performance in Dubai due to reported incidents of disrespect on his team.

The “Highest” was scheduled to perform alongside other African giants at the just-ended Dubai leg of the widely-patronised One Africa Music Festival, but refused to mount the stage despite a successful soundcheck session earlier.

Journalist Eugene Osafo Nkansah reports that the rapper was shoved aside because Davido was ready to perform, never mind that he had just been announced by host Banky W to perform:

“During the concert, host of the show Banky W announced Sarkodie as the next act on stage after Nigeria’s Teckno performance and Sarkodie’s DJ, DJ Mensah mounted the stage but Banky W came back to announce Davido’s name after someone whipped to him on stage that Davido was next.

“The show started at about 9:30 pm and ended at about 2:45 am and all the artistes numbering about 20 from different African countries(Kenya, Angola, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzanian, Nigeria etc) performed with the exception of Ghana’s Sarkodie.”

George Britton also reports of scuffles and arrests as a result of the unfortunate incident:

“When Sark was just about hitting the stage, Davido’s guy attacked Black Nana by pushing him to the floor to allow Davido perform. Ugly scenes. Slaps, blows, police arrest etc”, he posted on Facebook earlier this morning.

The rapper, his official turntablist DJ Mensah, and Dancehall singer Shatta Wale all tweeted their displeasure at how things turned out.

 

One Africa Music Fest is described by organisers as ‘ Africa’s leading platform in showcasing the best and brightest musical talents in the continent, with the sole aim of solidifying Africa’s position within the entertainment industry on a global level”.

 

 

 

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“I’m the king of love songs”, Kojo Antwi declares in new tune “SUPREMO”

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“I’m the king of love songs”, highlife maestro Kojo Antwi proclaims in his latest single Supremo.

Revered for such classics as Densu, Tom And Jerry, Dadie Anomaa, and Adiepena, the pronouncement is widely-held in Ghana and beyond. It would appear though, based on some references he makes in the record (like Bob Marley’s “who the cap fits, let him wear it”), that he is aiming jabs at an industry rival.

The Kaywa-produced song also sees Antwi compare himself with other world greats as Cristiano Ronaldo, Muhammed Ali, Michael Jackson among others.

With a remarkable 22 albums to his credit, and many laurels including West Africa Tourism Award, All Africa Music Awards, Kora Award, and the Our Music Award under his belt, Kojo Antwi is a trusted authority in Ghanaian music.

Born Julius Kojo Antwi, the Afro pop, highlife and reggae icon first released a music album in 1986, and his latest album Mwaah!, was released in 2009.

Supremo is Kojo Antwi’s first offering in a significant while. Listen below:

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Gra Gra records act CJ Fastlane wades into Shatta Wale – Wizkid feud releases ‘Badder’

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Gra Gra records signed act CJ Fastlane has waded into the Shatta Wale – Wizkid beef.

The Dancehall fireband on the song Badder showered praises on himself as the best dancehall artiste in Ghana to wit he is better than Shatta Wale.

Badder is a cover of Nigerian rockstar Wizkid’s global hitmaker Daddy Yo which featured his Star boy music labelmate Efya.

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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