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Whispers of LOVE, Life & Living it… THE Kwabena Kwabena ‘Ahyɛse’ album – A REVIEW

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Tragic amour is widely-held to birth the greatest songs, and true artists owe it to us to experience sour love. The unlucky lover, Kwabena Kwabena has more than honored this curious demand of art, and is therefore, master of love songs.

Now to the meat of the matter:

Sonically, Kwabena Kwabena’s aptitude has never been in question. Over five magnificent albums, via superior linguistic ingenuity and melodic virtuoso, the beloved crooner has proven indispensable, and therefore, is well on his way to the status of “highlife legend”.

Since Aso (2004), his songs have served as nectar to a huge constituency of loyalists, which primarily consists women. And why not? His music has always accompanied with it, a timeless eminence and soulful connection in how they navigate the theme of love.

Comprising a concise nine songs, his latest album, Ahyɛse, completes an exciting index of high-profile projects published in Ghana last year –other contributors being the likes of Sarkodie, Ebony, Stonebwoy, Akan, Joe Mettle, and Becca. Led with 3 well-received singles (Tuamudaa, Siwagedem, and Adansie), the album sees Kwabena Kwabena, born George Kwabena Adu, double back to the very beginning, which is what the album title translates into English as.

It makes sense that Kwabena would opt for Ahyɛse as title for this new body of work. For one, they say life begins at 40, and at 39, he’s preparing himself to start living. For another, 40 symbolizes the juncture in showbiz where artists generally take stock of their career, and contemplate legacy. How else can we tell that he’s there? Months before announcing the album, he published his memoire, “Past Days Ahead”, chronicling his compelling journey thus far.

Ahyɛse navigates mainly, love and coitus (Kwabena’s leitmotifs), but also, God, life and living it, sees the singer expertly amalgamate authentic rhythms from across the ages, and features a single guest appearance –rapper M.anifest –a decision which is only logical for the direction of the project…also because ultimately, he’s regularly thrived solo anyway. Whatever theme he tackles, Kwabena’s vocal style induces goosebumps, because his delivery is distinctly persuasive. Whether he’s proclaiming the almighty’s unconditional mercies (Adansie, Adonai), listing the many accolades of the Ghanaian damsel (Obaa), peddling adult music (Tuamudaa, Siwagedem), or imploring a lover to be patient as no condition is permanent (Ɛnsesa), a rich honesty is felt, making the message difficult to ignore.

Like everything he has previously submitted, Ahyɛse is made for lovers, by a lover. But it is as much to detractors too. When, on Efie Biara, he admonishes all that there’s a “Mensah” in every home, we know he’s addressing the impunity with which his private life is subjected to public derision. Measured, he resorts to trusted adages (and vintage trumpets) that have guided our society over millennia, to convey his message: “if you see a fellow’s beard in flames, fetch water near yours in precaution”, “have good thoughts toward your brother, so good deeds will follow you”, “when you throw a stone at a wall, it bounces back at you”, he sermonises in Twi. Nobody is without flaws, and often, another man’s woes make you ignore your own, instead of causing you to reflect on them.

Ɛnsesa is a sobering piece not just for its lyrics, but also for the instrumentation that transports them. Every note, every percussion placement, is deliberate and delicate. It’s almost seductive in how it draws one in. The heavy sigh that is induced in the consumer by the end of the song, is testament to what a loaded tune it is.

Women have arguably been subject of adulation even more times than God himself, and Obaa serves as a special addition without doubt. Introduced by fine strings and a Palm Wine aura, it is a tantalizing homage to the Ghanaian female. Whoever inspires music thus, is not ordinary, for she affects unknown depths of a man’s heart.

M’atwɛn Abrɛ evidences Kwabena Kwabena’s adaptability to varying rhythm, as well as the ease with which he owns it. Highlife isn’t static; unrestricted to a single beat pattern. If anything, it unites cadences from across the breadth of Ghana, from days of our forefathers, to sounds of our time. So must the highlife artist. Kwabena proves a vessel for the spirits, whatever generation, whatever corner. M’atwɛn Abrɛ floats on regal Adowa reconstructed by Kwame Yeboah and the OBY Band (who handle virtually the entire album), and adds to the many moments of authentic heritage and cultural pride on the album.

Other records that round up this exquisite body of work include Obi Asa, and Yedɔ Yɛn Ho. Both joints inspire heavy perspiration, but whereas the former is tailored for the dancing feet, the latter is designed  to facilitate the rumpy pumpy.

Whether his voice is slightly above a whisper, or his emotions arrive via the unique pitch of his falsetto, on smooth rhythm, or on rapid tempo, Kwabena shines.

Mature, seamless, and thoroughly edifying, this album makes a magnificent case for highlife and the model Ghanaian songwriter, and further indents him as Ghanaian ambassador worthy of the name. Though it is only months old, Ahyɛse is the kind of album that you would refer to as a classic. It is one to be handled gently, enjoyed repeatedly, and only truly available to them that seek.

Like the album cover, Kwabena bares it all, and embraces himself afresh, flaws and all. It is only when one accepts himself that he can truly impact others.

Ahyɛse – Kwabena Kwabena 2.0!

Artist:  Kwabena Kwabena

Album: Ahyese

Label & Release Date: KBKB MUSIK/ November 2017

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VIDEO: Nhyira – Rex OMAR ft. Trigmatic

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Here’s the video for Nhyira, highlife doyen Rex Omar’s latest submision featuring rapper Trigmatic.

The number is the famed singer’s song of praise to God for seeing him through 35 years in his career. The video is directed by Prince Dovlo.

Chairman of GHAMRO, Rex Omar’s most widely -known hits include Abiba, Tokota, Da Di Da Da, Dangerous, among an endless list of other classics. His sound is a fusion of highlife, Afro-pop, Jazz, and other indigenous influences.

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Young Singer Offei sings about love on “Lowkey” (Prod by Paq)

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With 4 singles, Offei has cemented his brand on the Ghanaian music front. After the release of his much-loved single “Human Being”, which features the VGMA Hip-Hop Song of the Year award winner, Kwesi Arthur, ears have been on the ground to at least eavesdrop on Offei’s soulful and powerful voice.

Upon keeping fans in anticipation for a while now, the Tema resident musician is ready to satisfy their hunger with “Lowkey.”

In our world today in which social media is as significant as water, there are 2 types of relationship. One which is demonstrated to the world and the other which is kept off the public scene, like a secret relationship, a lot refer to it as ‘lowkey’ love.

Offei prefers the former. He wants to treat his lover good, and show her off, telling the world he’s blessed with a good woman. Known for using charming words, and blending Ga, English, Twi and Pidgin languages, Offei sings, detailing the depth of love he has for her.

He lays these infectious vocals on an Afrobeat instrumental, laced with both indigenous and modern Afro percussions, produced by ace hitmaking genius, Paq.

Listen to the song below:

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LISTEN: Urban Woods – Que Sera Sera (Mixed By Slowmow)

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Urban Woods, an upcoming music group has released their debut single.

Titled Que Sera Sera, The French word means “What will be will be” was mixed by Slowmow.

For the mandemm who are at the edge of giving up.. ask yourself why you started in the first place, and just because your friends have made it earlier than you, don’t mean you won’t make it in life. Everybody has his own time, BE PATIENT. ” Andre the leader of the group said in an interview.

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VIDEO: Wayo – Muscatella ft. Joey B

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After the release of the Caribbean tinged single, ‘Muscatella’ featuring Joey B, Wayo releases a video for the single.
Shot in Ghana by Lex McCarthy, the video begins with Wayo as an Accra Trotro mate (bus conductor) and Joey B as a passenger. Joey B is deeply asleep and dreams of an adventure with the Trotro mate (Wayo), where they find beautiful girls who lead them into a floral paradise. The video makes use of colours and beautiful scenes of Accra.
”It was important for me that I show the part of the city that I love the most. The hustle of the city, juxtaposed with the beautiful natural environment hidden away in some parts of the city”, expresses Wayo.
Wayo’s ‘Muscatella’ is already climbing up the charts in Ghana and getting radio play in Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria. The single was also featured on Apple Music and is one of Ghana’s most played songs till date.
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Xtra Large Music act Adi Virgo releases “The List”

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“Xtra Large Music act Adi Virgo finally dishes out the much-anticipated project “The List” after teasing the fans with snippets weeks ago.

The new song produced by a renowned sound engineer  “Possigee” and visuals directed by “Director Rex” serves as a mouthpiece for the responsible guys out there who respect the fact that everyone woman has needs which are supposed to be taken care of. Same as paying dowries is a must.

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Goldkay enlists Kuami Eugene on Bluffin (WATCH)

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GoldKay, UK-based Ghanaian afrobeat singer has returned with a new single and video, featuring 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards new artist of the Year and Highlife Artiste of the Year,  Kuami Eugene.

 

Titled ‘Bluffin’; the new tune is inspired by GoldKay’s journey in music and is backed by amazing visuals with interesting performances from UK’s fashion models Benedicta Amoah and Maxine Okpala.

 

Bluffin is simply to let people know that the best person you can be is yourself because everybody else has been taken. If you know yourself, no one can bluff you… And if you believe in yourself… No one can take it away from you.

 

GoldKay in the video tries to let the world know that when he started doing his music thing, some people didn’t believe in his dream. However, now that things are getting better and the same people come singing praises to him.

 

“To whom it may concern…I don’t bluff,” he also said on Instagram last week Tuesday when he announced the song.

 

Kuami Eugene on the tune reminds he is the man on the throne  and asked: “is there anybody better who is yet to be known..”

 

The video is directed by Alex Adjei and shot in locations in the UK. The song follows Kay’s impressive single with B4Bonah titled “ U Remind Me”, which was released in February 2018.

Bluffin is his second single in 2018 and has some good vibes for my music lovers.

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