Gabriel Myers Hansen

Editor, enewsgh.com
  • The Trouble with Sarkodie’s New Album

    Black Love, Sarkodie’s new album, because of its underlying rhetoric, instantly invites comparison with Mary, his other collection on amour. I’ll save you the stress. Black Love pales, the reason being as follows: Whereas Mary, co-conspired by ex label–mate Akwaboah, dwells within the savoury highlife locale that is the...
  • How Sway Dasafo reinvented himself

    Lodged behind large spectacles and a full beard with a few grey smatterings, Sway Dasafo, the celebrated Ghanaian-UK rapper’s face doesn’t reveal much. His hands, though, swathed in a gold-embroidered kaftan, indulge in regular gesticulations that attend his responses. Our interview succeeds an ACCES 2019 discussion in Accra that...
  • The Unexpected Inventiveness of Bosom P-Yung

    It has taken the sudden stardom occasioned by a comical viral performance of “Attaa Adwoa,” and the commencement of his tenure as internet sensation, for rapper Bosom P-Yung’s ingenuity to properly see daylight. Seven months ago, when the song was first published, concealed amongst six other Trap joints on...
  • RAPPERHOLIC 2019: “Unstoppable” Sarkodie fails better

    At a Rapperholic concert, every activity that precedes the SarkCess man’s entrée is merely filler — or so it seems. This pretty much goes for performances too. Therefore, let’s skip the foreplay, shall we? This year, Sarkodie’s apparition occurred twenty-five minutes into Boxing Day. Glistening like a hip-hop Michael...
  • The Giant and the God Get Festive

    If a single image encapsulates last Sunday’s Manifestivities, it is one by Azumi Habib, in which Burna Boy, clothed in a red tracksuit, frolics towards the edge of the stage. Behind him, M.anifest, sharp in a double-breasted suit and hat, smiles contentedly, looking off to the side of the...
  • Akuapem Poloo, Giovani’s memefication, and modern rules of celebrity

    The dynamics of celebrity in the time of Instagram have changed. This province of “viral sensation” — previously the privilege of a select few — now appears obtainable to anyone even slightly open to the sort of eccentricities that, at first, expose one to public ridicule. And no, you...
  • How Ghana failed Cardi B

    Before her show, there existed among Ghanaian music lovers, a seemingly benign doubt in the practicality of a Cardi B stadium concert. The Livespot X Festival’s choice of the American rapper was met with instant skepticism — an unequivocal questioning attitude that bared itself in a barrage of questions:...
  • We must change the narrative — Sarkodie, on dependency syndrome in African music

    Rapper Sarkodie wants his colleagues to think as employers, and not merely hold out cups to the West for succour. After all, “we have the products; the next biggest numbers when it comes to numbers, so, we need to talk like that.” He made this stance in an interview...
  • FOR MY BROTHERS: Ko-Jo Cue takes on the tough questions [review]

    As far as adulting goes, Ko-Jo Cue’s For My Brothers the ultimate soundtrack. The work, his debut album, arrives as his eighth collection, following a deluge of mixtapes since 2010, as well as Pen & Paper, a 2017 collaborative album with Shaker, his BBNZ label mate. For My Brothers...