Music Hearts, Mama’s Epistles & Bonyfied Highest Albums of 2017 – #ENEWSGHPicks Published 4 weeks ago on December 22, 2017 By Gabriel Myers Hansen Artist: Trigmtic Album: Melodies Awakening The Inactive Conscience (M.A.T.I.C) Label & Release Date: Da Trig Entertainment/ January, 2017 Trigmatic enjoyed immense success with his 2010 single My Life, and has received multiple awards since. A genius across genres, he has yet to attain celebrity that is truly fitting of his talent. M.A.T.I.C is Enoch Yaw Oduro-Agyei (as he is privately known)’s first album release in 6 years. In many respects a rebirth for the curiously underrated hiplife act, the 15-track project in a magnificent whisk of influences both old and new, a feature not uncharacteristic of him. Highlights of the project include the Stonebwoy – assisted Gbedu, and Motromodwo (featuring A.I). That last song, unapologetic highlife founded on rich percussion and horn sections is without question, one of the finest Ghanaian records published in recent years. Thankfully, Motromodwo enjoyed ample radio play, reintroducing his name in top-tier acts from this town. The CD, his fourth solo project after Stains on a Cloth (2007), Permanent Stains (2010), and SOUL-u-TIONS (2011) also features Sarkodie, E .L, Stonebwoy, A.I, Orezi, Jupitar, Krissy O and Skales. Get M.A.T.I.C here. Artist: Akan Album: Onipa Akoma Label & Release Date: A- Level/ October 2017 A-Level rapper Akan’s Onipa Akoma album took two years to make. It is also his debut. Running over with astoundingly mature language, dexterity with Twi, and creative valour, and compelling storytelling, the CD ranks not only among the most groundbreaking bodies of work by a Ghanaian this year, but also in all of Hiplife history, already being compared with the greatest of all hiplife albums: the 1999 classic Pae Mu Ka. Formerly trading by the showbiz name Quabena Shy, Akan is among the most relevant of our young voices today, courting both plaudits and comparison with such hiplife elders as Okomfour Kwadee, Obrafour, Sarkodie and veteran producer Da’Hammer. Producer and friend TwistedWavex handles majority of the productions on the i5-track project which also feature contribution from MikeMillz among others. Get Onipa Akoma here. Artist: Becca Album: Unveiling Label & Release Date: ZYLOFON Music/ August 2017 Consisting 13 songs, Becca’s third studio album Unveiling coincides with her 10th anniversary in active music. The beloved Ghanaian songstress is also among Ghana’s biggest female exports, securing collaborations with top names as MI, Mr Eazi, 2Baba, M.I, Ice Prince, Bisa KDei, Uhuru, Hugh Masekela among others. With Unveiling, Becca (Rebecca Akosua Acheampong) once again stakes a bold claim for the female constituency in a male- dominated terrain. A catalogue primarily consisting palatable love songs compiled over 13 months, the piece ranks among highly commercial albums of 2017, and features guest appearances from Bisa Kdei, Patoranking, Mr Eazi, Kofi Kinaata, Joyce Blessing and Ice Prince. Highlights from the record include Hw3 and Beshiwo (both featuring Bisa KDei), You & I, and Na Wash (featuring Patoranking). Get Unveiling here. Artist: Fancy Gadam Album: Mujahid Label & Release Date: 5minutes Music/ July 2017 2017 sees Tamale-based Fancy Gadam (Ahmed Mujahid Bello) finally cement himself in mainstream Ghanaian music. With his Gadam Nation tour, the energetic singer has gone ahead to prove why he deserved to be named VGMA Best new Artist ahead of the likes of Medikal, Eugy, Rudebwoy Ranking, and Article Wan, filling up arenas in major cities across the country, and more than impressing on high-profile shows. The launch of Mujahid (his third album) at the Tamale Sports Stadium was witnessed by over 18,000 patrons. Total Cheat, off the record and featuring rap icon Sarkodie, is a bona fide 2017 hit, rubbing shoulders with efforts from Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Patapaa, and Ebony. Get Mujahid here. Artist: Joe Mettle Album: God of Miracles Label & Release Date: Reverb Studios/ November 2017 God of Miracles brings to 4, the number of albums reigning VGMA Artist of the Year Joe Mettle has submitted since launching his solo carer in 2007. Comprising 13 songs, the live recording features guest appearances from Nathaniel Bassey, Akesse Brempong, Ohemaa Mercy, Kingz Kid, and protege Luigi Maclean. The impact of the album, via the leading single Bo Noo Ni, cannot be questioned. The single has been viewed over 1.2 million times on YouTube alone. It is important for Mettle to have released God Of Miracles –an album of such significant quality –in the year that he won the most coveted music award in the land, albeit not without controversy. If not for nothing at all, to silence critics, prove that he’s not one to rest on his laurels, and most of all, keep Ghanaian Gospel in conversations that matter. Get God of Miracles here. Artist: Sarkodie Album: Highest Label & Release Date: SarkCess/ September 2017 Highest is Sarkodie’s fifth album after Makye (2009), Rapperholic (2012), Sarkology (2014), and Mary (2015). It sees the rapper proclaim himself as the foremost name in Ghanaian music, a sentiment he has held for as long as he has professionally engaged in music, and gone on to back with endless records and awards. Much a rap album as it is melodic (something made possible by the layered approach of a typical Jayso production), Highest sees Sarkodie engage with deeply personal themes, and explore new creative terrain by recruiting unlikely collaborators as Victoria Kimani, Moelogo, Praiz, Korede Bello, Jesse Jagz, Bobii Lewis among others. A ‘Sark’ FULL OF Glory… Sarkodie – THE ‘Highest’ ALBUM REVIEW There may not be a “massive hit” on the album, at least judging by the rapper’s own standard, again, referring to such songs as You Go Kill Me, Pon The Ting, Adonai, RNS, Fa Sor Hor, and Gboza. All songs on there require repeated play to fully engage with and properly appreciate –which is how albums should be consumed anyway. Get Highest here. Artist: Ebony Reigns Album: BONYFIED Label & Release Date: RUFFTOWN/ December 2017 Just 20, sultry Dancehall/Afropop singer Ebony Reigns has had a tremendous 2017, submitting a significant percentage of hits the year has seen, as well as mounting nearly all major platforms over the period. Ebony’s debut album BONYFIED consists 16 songs, and bears the main hits of 2017: Poison, Sponsor, Date Your Fada, Hustle, and Maame Hwɛ, as well as old gold like Dancefloor, Kupe, and Turn on the Light. Because of what an outstanding year she has had, Ebony is widely tipped to win Artist of the Year at next year’s Vodafone-sponsored Ghana Music Awards. Artist: Stonebwoy Album: Epistles of Mama (EOM) Label & Release Date: ZYLOFON Music/ BMG, December 2017 BET winner Stonebwoy looks to reach new frontiers with Epistles of Mama, his recently-released 4th project. It is evident in the collaborations he secures on the album: Sean Paul, Chronixx, Sarkodie, Pressure, I Octane, Efya, Vanessa Bling, Joey B, Kabaka Pyramid, etc. Released in honour of his late mother Catherine Satekla, the double-album bears a flavoursome selection of reggae/dancehall songs on one CD, and Afrobeats on the other. But for two songs referencing his mum, EOM is hardly related to anything about motherhood. Otherwise, it is specifically a strategy to establish himself properly as an international brand. Stonebwoy bears great talent, and so the album is unsurprisingly great, dripping with infectious choruses and even melody. It was highly- anticipated throughout the year, and was well worth the wait. Get Epistles of Mama here. Artist: Kwabena Kwabena Album: Ahyese Label & Release Date: KBKB MUSIK/ November 2017 Sonically, ace highlife musician and trusted love doctor Kwabena Kwabena still reigns in Ghana. Even if his own love story has been characterised by successive failure, his songs have served as nectar to many. Ahyese sees him double back to the very beginning, which is what the album translates as from Twi. Comprising a tidy 9 songs, the project brings to 5, his solo projects so far, and adds to high-profile projects published in Ghana this year. The album was led with 3 well-received singles: Tuamudaa, Siwagedem, and Adansie (ft. rapper M.anifest). Artist: Blakk Rasta Album: Kuchoko Revolution Label & Release Date: Blakk & Tuff / VPAL Music, May 2017 Blakk Rasta’s Kuchoko Revolution was part of the longlist for the 60th Grammy Awards. That’s how important the firebrand reggae musician/ radio man’s project is. The 13-track album follows Rasta Shrine (2000), More Fyah (2002), Ganja Minister (2004), Natty Bongo (2006), Naked Wire (2008), Voice of the Afrikan Rebel (2009) and Born Dread (2011). It is crafted over indigenous instruments as the Kologo, xylophone, talking drums (dondo), jimbe, Africa Foot percussion, jinbe, cow horns etc, and rendered over 6 different languages: English, Dagbani, Hausa, Arabic, Ndebele and Jamaican Patois. Kuchoko Revolution navigates religion, history, love, and his special brand of reggae: Kuchoko. Get Kuchoko Revolution here. Artist: MzVee Album: DaaVee Label & Release Date: Lynx Entertainment/ May 2017 The third album from two-time BET honouree MzVee (Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda), DaaVee makes the beloved chanteuse, 25, one of Ghana’s most consistent modern performers. A class act across genres, the singer serves a a potpourri of Afropop, Hiplife, R& B, and dancehall on the record, which sees her embrace her womanhood like never before. DaaVee consists 12 songs, and features collaboration from Black Prophet, Article Wan, Kuami Eugene, Ko-jo Cue, and Lyrical. Aside being a decent commercial effort, it also proved a mighty springboard for Kuami Eugene, who has since his appearance on Rewind, grown into his own man, dispatching hits at will. MzVee’s other albums are Re-Vee-Lation (2014), and Verified (2015). Get DaaVee here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAqzreTbGTw Comments Related Topics:AkanBeccaEbonyenewsFancy GadamJOE METTLEKwabena KwabenaMzVeeSarkodieTriigmatic Advertisement You may like VIDEO: Light It Up – Sarkodie ft. Big Narstie & Jayso MUSIGA’s “Top 20 Songs of 2017” merely an opinion – Joe Mettle Whispers of LOVE, Life & Living it… THE Kwabena Kwabena ‘Ahyɛse’ album – A REVIEW Sarkodie partners Samini for “My Own” (Remix) – LISTEN 2017 SoundCity MVP Awards Festival – WATCH LIVE Sarkodie wins “Best Collaboration” at #SoundCityMVPAwards Festival 17 Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Music #BAWASAABA: Stonebwoy announces new visuals off #EOM Album – WATCH! Published 6 hours ago on January 20, 2018 By Gabriel Myers Hansen Reggae star, Stonebwoy, drops a new video off his latest album Epistles of Mama (EOM). Directed by Jay Parpworth of Pineapple Pictures, the video is for his Afrobeat joint Bawasaaba, which was produced by Streetbeatz. Epistles of Mama, jointly published by ZYLOFON Music and the artist’s own BMG imprint, consists 24 songs and features a flavoursome array of local and international heavyweights as Sean Paul, Chronixx, Sarkodie, Pressure, I Octane, Efya, Vanessa Bling, Joey B, Kabaka Pyramid all feature on the double CD project: one half dedicated to Afrobeats, and the other, reggae/dancehall. Watch Bawasaaba below: Comments Continue Reading Music VIDEO: Light It Up – Sarkodie ft. Big Narstie & Jayso Published 6 hours ago on January 20, 2018 By Gabriel Myers Hansen Here are fresh visuals from Sarkodie’s 2017 album “Highest”. Directed by by Dego Visionz & Chalky, the video accompanies “Light It Up”, which features Skillions CEO Jayso, and English Grind expert Big Narstie. This brings to 8, the number of visuals released off the rapper’s fifth album. It is jointly published by SarkCess Music and Dice Recordings Music. A ‘Sark’ FULL OF Glory… Sarkodie – THE ‘Highest’ ALBUM REVIEW Highest follows Makye (2009), Rapperholic (2012), Sarkology (2014), and Mary (2015). Consisting 18 songs, it features collaborations with both local and international heavyweights as Big Narstie, Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Moelogo (UK), Spoken Word act Suli Breaks (UK), Korede Bello (Nigeria), Praiz (Nigeria), Yung L (Nigeria), Jesse Jagz (Nigeria), Flavour (Nigeria) and Bobii Lewis (UK). A multiple-award-winning act, Sarkodie is CEO of his independent imprint SarkCess Music, which is also home to singer Akwaboah, and fellow rap act Strongman. He’s currently touring destinations across Europe with the album. Watch below: Comments Continue Reading Music LISTEN: Afrobeats singer Pam releases ‘Bobo’ Prod. by Pee GH Published 11 hours ago on January 20, 2018 By Pep Junia 576 Muzik signed Afrobeats songstress, Pam has released her first official song to invigorate the year 2018. The single is titled “Bobo” – a party anthem and danceable tune with a Ghanaian and Nigerian flavour. The multi-genre female songstress in an Afrobeats production with a francophone feel like that of Awilo Logomba and a well-composed lyrics to felicitate the song. It was produced by “Koko” hitmaker, Pee GH. Comments Continue Reading Music AYAT enlists Edem for IDKY remix – LISTEN! Published 14 hours ago on January 20, 2018 By Gabriel Myers Hansen Produced by KaySo, the remix for rapper Ayat’s IDKY features veteran hiphop act Edem. Acronym for “I Don’t Know You”, the joint is essentially what brought him to the limelight some two years ago. Since that offering, he has gone on to release several other songs and the ZAMANI EP, and curated multiple editions of of the annual MADFest concert (which is held in homage of his native Madina). Ayat and Edem have previously collaborated on the remix of the latter’s “Egboame”. Listen to IDKY (remix) below: Comments Continue Reading Events & Places #JamesonTakeOverGH: Worlasi named for 2018 edition Published 14 hours ago on January 20, 2018 By Gabriel Myers Hansen For the third year running, singer Worlasi has been announced for the annual “Jameson Takeover GH” hangout session. This year’s edition is slated for the Champs Sports Bar on January 27 from 7 pm, will see the 2017 Coke Studio Africa housemate perform songs off his latest EP Outerlane, as well as his mixtapes Uncut and NUSE. Via a promo video on the artist’s social media handles, he promises the biggest night so far. Considering his growing clout over the years, as well as his charismatic stagecraft, a truly memorable night can be expected. Worlasi is signed to CM Records, and has been associated with esteemed colleagues as Sarkodie, M.anifest, Da’Hammer, Sena Dagadu among others. Comments Continue Reading Events & Places “The Green Experience” With Deon Boakye Slated for African Regent, JANUARY 26! Published 1 day ago on January 19, 2018 By Gabriel Myers Hansen Budding singer Deon Boakye, will on Friday January 26, stage a live musical performance at the African Regent Hotel in Accra dubbed “The Green Experience”. Deon’s career has been on the rise since debuting his solo hit single ‘Allewa’ (featuring Cabum). That was followed with other singles like Dubai, New Year and Babiaa Awu. He will be performing songs off his recent Green album which was outdoored in September last year. The HardBoy Music Group artiste, noted for his lively and stage craft, will be joined by the World League Band, a unique group that blends multiple genres like highlife, Afrobeats and jazz, as he performs joints off the album as “Ooosh”, “Yellow Sisi” and “Genevieve”. Speaking in a recent interview regarding the Green LP, Deon explains that the project is “a symbol of fertility, happiness and progress toward attaining your goals.” The 2017 VGMA unsung nominee since bursting onto the music scene has been consistent and has enjoyed massive coverage in the media for his exceptional vocals and composition of songs which led to his nomination for the unsung category in the VGMA’s. Consisting 17 tracks, the Green LP features Strongman, Cabum, Medikal, Joel Orleans, Cabum, FlowKing Stone, Akitiwrowro, Kofi Kinaata, Eno, Jason EL-A and a host of others. According to organizers of the event, ZoneThree6, the Green Experience will be an opportunity for the general public and fans to have a first-time experience with Deon performing live. The Green Experience will be hosted by Dzifa Grey (Metro TV), with the green carpet being hosted by ZoneThree6 VJs, VJ Quabena Kevin, VJ Koko & VJ Eleanor. It is sponsored by ALSALE SERVICE LTD. SUBMITTED! Comments Continue Reading Facebook Tweets by @Enewsgh Recent Posts #BAWASAABA: Stonebwoy announces new visuals off #EOM Album – WATCH! VIDEO: Light It Up – Sarkodie ft. Big Narstie & Jayso #BlackStarDelight: Media maven Peace Hyde Featured on CNN CCIFG host new year Cocktail Party ( IMAGES ) LISTEN: Afrobeats singer Pam releases ‘Bobo’ Prod. by Pee GH Young and Innovative – Ms. Yasmin Kumi, the pillar behind Africa Foresight Group AYAT enlists Edem for IDKY remix – LISTEN! #JamesonTakeOverGH: Worlasi named for 2018 edition “The Green Experience” With Deon Boakye Slated for African Regent, JANUARY 26! 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