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Melody –that has always been the trick with Pop and Highlife. If it’s catchy, you’re sorted. And these days, it is precisely music from the Richie Mensah -led LYNX Entertainment we truly look forward to. After all, they have proven custodians of the modern wave; proponents of the new hit formula.

As was the case last year, the outfit is very much steering the charts this year too. Offerings from MzVee and Kuame Eugene have already kept the fort secure –an easy assignment due to the residual impact of their 2017 hits.

Adiepena, KiDi’s latest offering, sums up the first round of releases from the label, and properly sets their year in motion.

Adiepena, KiDi’s latest offering, sums up the first round of releases from the label, and properly sets their year in motion. Image: Instagram / KiDi

Produced by Dat Beat God, who is steadily drumming up acclaim for himself, especially for his contribution on dancehall singer Epixode’s latest album “3Nity”, the song immediately calls the great Kojo  Antwi to mind, specifically because in 2009, the celebrated maestro released a soulful ballad with the same title. It follows a similar bpm as Odo, and indeed, most records that made the charts in the past 12 months. Floating on moving guitar melody which inspires the particular smile that precedes a passionate kiss, the joint also works as a fitting follow -up to the widespread Odo, which served as backdrop for many a love story upon release, and even attracted Afro pop titan, Davido’s attention.

On the tune, the singer/songwriter and producer also references the likes of Nana Acheampong, Paapa Yankson, as well as 4×4 member, Coded’s cheeky 2018 hit “Edey Pain Dem”. Therefore, Adiepena not only excels as homage to Highlife elders, but also serves as a well-constructed bridge that connects this generation and the ones prior.

Aside the rich dynamism of his approach to songwriting as evidenced by this new record, KiDi (alumnus of singing contest, MTN Hitmaker) brings a clean maturity and quintessential ‘lover boy” smoothness that constitutes an essential trait of masterpieces; and the reason he’s settled perfectly into the role of  “gal dem sugar”.

KiDi’s stuff typically come with a fine finish. The works possess a powerful permanence. It is why, unlike many of his contemporaries, his submissions are typically spread over significant periods. Throughout last year, he released just two songs –and it was enough to sustain his brand, and a seat at the table. As one would notice by now, the man’s songs are to be savored. They cannot be consumed like your regular Afropop joint which, after a few weeks, tastes musty. These songs inspire inner conversation and soul searching, and so are only properly digested over years.

They may not be credited with fashioning solid love groove from a cocktail of nostalgic refrains, but the LYNX camp has definitely both popularised and brought a modern touch to that penmanship style. Every word you’re listening to has already been sung by a Ghanaian great at some point. Yet, your heart clings to the sound as a child would a new toy. What is happening? Here’s a theory: expertly arranged, the song is being delivered in a vocal texture that is exceptional and fresh. To fellow musicians, this approach appears simple. It is therefore no wonder a number of them have hastily experimented with the method, albeit with little efficiency. But there is a science to this; there are levels to it. We only see what the magician wants us to see. Everything else is carefully hidden behind his experience and sleight.

Adiepena feels straightforward. The tune spans just a little over 3 minutes. But as should be the outcome of all true classics, the replay button is automatic, as is the melody that plays on in one’s mind long after the song is over.

KiDi translates from Hausa as “rhythm”. All of a sudden, everything adds up.

Born Dennis Nana Dwamena, KiDi is up for 5 laurels at this year’s Vodafone -sponsored Ghana Music Awards slated for April 15, including Highlife Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Afro Pop Song of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Accompanying visuals for Adiepena were directed by Rex.

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Kuami Eugene fortells current troubles with “Wish Me Well” – WATCH!

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Jointly-produced with Willisbeatz, Kuami Eugene’s latest song, “Wish Me Well”, appears to have anticipated his current woes —specifically, for claiming in a GH One TV interview, that he wouldn’t partner Patapaa for a song because the latter’s sound was too “noisy”.

Eugene has since apologised for the statement, stressing that his comments may have been taken out of context.

Visuals for “Wish Me Well” were directed by Rex:

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Hear Teephlow tout his lyrical aptitudes on “Red Velvet”

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Teephlow touts his lyrical aptitudes further on “Red Velvet”, his latest offering. Produced by Elementbeatz & Kopow, the hiphop number sees the rapper also honour fans and other supporter of his craft over the years.

Teephlow is current holder of the VGMA “Record of the Year” laurel.

Listen to “Red Velvet here:

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YOU DO ALL! Samini joins Deon BOAKYE on new reggae offering

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Deon Boakye’s got his first blessing from Samini on a song. “You Do All” is Deon’s latest cut with an official video to it featuring Samini. It was produced by Peewezel and video was shot by Jwillz.

Deon Boayke was introduced by Samini in April this year during Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2018 as the newest addition to the HighGradeFamily.

This first cut is a manifestation of the journey Samini promised the young musician, Deon Boakye.

The official video is due to hit the screens this week.

Listen below:

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“Could this be Love?” ponder R2Bees in new collab with EFYA — WATCH!

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Afropop duo and BET honourees, R2Bees, mull over an age-long question: how can one tell if a set of actions constitute love or a futile undertaking? And who better to tap than chanteuse Efya, who has sung about the concept throughout her career?

Produced by Killmatic, the song is carried on  a lean R& B swing, and sees Efya bounces back the question Mugeez’s poses in the hook —and delivered in a troubled wail — in  the exact same words: “could this be love, is this forever? Or ebi say I dey waste my time, you dey waste your time?/ Are you loving me, or just for pleasure? Or ebi say I dey waste my time, you dey waste your time?”

On his part,Omar Sterling —the rapper half of the duo — relates in a sobering session — profound worship for a lover, admit to “falling deeper”, while at the same time digesting antipathy that often characterises love —and the compromises thereof, rapping in part; “I put my trust in you, put my hopes in it/ I put my heart on my sleeve, put my soul in it/If you ever break my heart, that will be all for me/ but I’d rather die for you than live with somebody”“girl you’re picture perfect/ is this picture worth it/ could this be love or a bitter lesson?”, “even when I’m right, I try to be the bigger person”.

Could this be Love is released under R2Bees Entertainment. Get it on iTunes.

Watch the accompanying video, directed by BABS below:

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STATEMENT: Shatta Wale apologises for “unpleasant exhibition”

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For an “unfortunate display of obscenity” that was “mistakenly posted” by an associate on social media Tuesday, June 19,  and a fit of diatribes targeted at media personnel for republishing the video, controversial dancehall singer, Shatta Wale, has expressed remorse.

A statement, dated June 20, and signed by the singer, pleads for pardon from his family, fans, record label, and corporate Ghana for the shameful act and embarrassment that it may have brought to them.

Furthermore, the statement sees Shatta (born Charles Nii Armah Mensah) reiterate his brand as being “a law-abiding one; one that will not do anything untoward to bring it and its partners into disrepute”.

“The brand would also not do anything to affect the sensibilities of the large following and support it commands.” he adds. Read the full statement, published on his Facebook page:

Meanwhile, his latest single, “Man Like Me”,  is out now:

 

 

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Ko-jo CUE & Shaker, Mr. Eazi named for upcoming Ms. Lauryn Hill tour

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BBNZ rappers Ko-jo Cue and Shaker have been named alongside global music icons as Talib Kweli, Nas, Busta Rhymes, A$ap Rocky, SZA, and an array of other top artists for Ms. Lauryn Hill’s ongoing tour to commemorate 20 years of the release of her groundbreaking debut; “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”.

The album, published in August 1998 by Ruffhouse/ Columbia is considered as one of the most influential bodies of work by in modern times. A fusion of Neo-soul, hiphop, and R&B, the album birthed such hits as “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “Ex-Factor”, and “Everything Is Everything”, going on to win five Grammy awards from ten nominations.

Ko-jo Cue and Shaker are the only Ghanaian representatives on the tour. In the past, rapper EL, and neo-soul act Jojo Abot have both appeared on Ms. Hill’s tours. Nigeria’s Patoranking, and Mr. Eazi are also listed as gust performers.

The tour will see the former Fugees vocalist and actress perform across the US, the UK, Belgium, Norway, Canada, Finland, Sweden, among other key global spots.

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