• 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...
  • 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...
  • 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:...
  • Kelvyn Boy #YawaNoDey – REVIEW

    On October 15, 2019, Kelvyn Boy posted a video of himself singing an unreleased song. It was title-less. He teased the over one hundred and forty thousand people on his Facebook page, asking whether he should release it. The response was an emphatic ‘Yes!’ He has. November 22, 2019....
  • 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...
  • Stonebwoy takes Keri Hilson, Collie Buddz through “Afro- pepper” baptism

    This much is true of Stonebwoy, particularly in the past couple of years: the venerated Dancehall/ Popstar is on a mission to bridge a specific sonic gap. Since Epistles of Mama, his ubiquitous 2017 album, the singer has undertaken extensive globetrotting, partnering overseas voices with a striking obsession, and...
  • Swollen feet, fragile hearts & New WINE at ADOM PRAIZ 2019

    Amid hordes flowing in a winding queue into the Perez Dome this charged Saturday afternoon is Mommeee, clad in a flowy white ensemble and walking through the narrow gate with an energetic smile and a pulsing heart ready for worship.  Since February, that very organ beneath her chest has...