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Watch: How the “Purple Wars All Women’s Cypher” is putting women rappers in the spotlight

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The rap and hip-hop scene in Ghana is male dominated. Although some females have broken through the ceiling and carved a niche for themselves in the genre, there’s still a lot more to be done to bridge the gap.

Creative produced and directed by PurpleLovesBlue, an artistic visionary when it comes to indie women in rap and music, the”Purple Wars All Women’s Cypher,” seeks to celebrate Ghana’s best women rappers and illuminate their significance in a space and genre that is largely dominated by men.

The cypher, DJ’d by DJMJ and hosted by Dabi Diamond features rappers Edna FG, Elsie Raad and Ms Fu, all women. All beats are original and were produced by Ghanaian, British sound engineer, Anae Music.

The recording and its visuals is a ground-breaking masterpiece set to uplift up and coming Women lyricists and to also serve as a stepping stone for existing women talents to take up the centerstage of the hip-pop genre on the continent of Africa and beyond.

About Edna FG Born Edna Arthur, her decision to become a full-time musician at age 16 was made after her discovery of her musical talent at age 14. Edna FG lost her parents at a very tender age and had to fend and care for herself. It was at this point that she discovered music as her destiny. Thirteen years later and having to face the harsh reality of misogyny and sexism in the music industry, Edna FG is set to release her debut album in October 2021. Her hit singles, “Testimony” and “Accra City” sum up her struggle and pain and the harsh reality of living life as an independent Artist in Africa. Edna FG runs an NGO called Fertile Ground Dream Foundation, where she lends support to single mothers and orphans who don’t have anyone to care for them. Her inspiration for founding such an organization came from her own life experience as an orphan. She also operates an eco-tourism company called Grounded Hike, which encourages people to experience nature through hiking and other outdoor adventures in the Kokrobite municipality. Follow Edna FG: Twitter: @Ednatherappa Instagram: @fg.edna

With her understanding of survival, Edna FG brings an unadulterated rawness to this cypher that you simply cannot manufacture. She sets the bar high when she’s on stage or in the studio and anyone who dares share the space with her is forced to rise to the occasion.

ABOUT MS FU No stranger to the GH hip-hop scene, Ms Fu has had the time to etch her name in the books as one of the dopest lyricists in the game. Although prone to creative absences, she has always delivered talent worthy of the claim. She has released several songs since outing herself as a rapper including a self-reflection tape named Note 2 Self (June 2018). The project also comes with a short film directed by Ms Fu and Summit Boahene (https://youtu.be/X9cTDvp9DU0). Ms Fu also has some collaborative projects under her belt, teaming up with five other talented women to release an empowering debut project for the Black Girls Glow initiative; Mother of Heirs (https://soundcloud.com/blackgirlsglow/sets/mother-of-heirs). Black Girls Glow is an initiative focused on fostering more female collaborations between women in a music space that is often male dominated. The twelve-track project highlights thoughts and emotions women go through in their lives. Having been under the management of one of Ghana’s finest lyricists, C-Real, Ms Fu’s style has developed into more conscious art forms which explores her mind and offers her a chance to express herself more as an artiste and human being. In her own words, being gifted with the talent of music means given the responsibility to affect lives the way music affected hers. Listen to Ms Fu here: https://soundcloud.com/pimpdaddyfu

Fu adds a playful and clever poise to the cypher through her witty lyricism. She has a classic hip-hop flavor that woos her listeners and fans with the delivery of every line. She is hypnotizing.

About Elsie Raad Elsie Raad’s solo career began in 2014 in high school. She has received rave reviews from critics and fans for her emotional lyrics. She comes from a long line of musicians. Her mother like herself was a rapper, who used to win rap battles at City Hotel, now Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi, with the likes of Akyeame and Joe Frazier. It was Elsie’s mother who gave Joe Frazier his first ever microphone to perform on stage. Her aunt was a gospel sensation and her uncle is an amazing guitarist. Her late uncle till he passed was a rapper as well and used to have the likes of Lord Kenya, Okyeame Kwame, Okyeame Kofi, Andy Dosty and many more around the house. Music chose Elsie. It was practically waiting to happen and she is glad she chose music back. Her inspirations are mostly a combination of personality and emotions. She hopes to leave a mark on the global music scene and hopes to be able to touch on delicate and sensitive topics in her lyrics. Elsie has worked on collaborative projects in the past like a Cypher produced by Jayso https://music.apple.com/gh/album/0106-vol-5/1514932738 She also featured on the WEIRDGENUIS Vol 1. Tape

Elsie can rap at a pace comparable to Twista, which we all know is no easy feat. She brings a calm and confident fluidity to the cypher dynamics with her lyricism and her delivery.

Watch cypher below:

About Anae Anae is a British Ghanaian producer based in London. Having started off rapping at a young age, Anae slowly turned her interests into music production, a skill that she has been developing over the last the few years. Drawing influence from producers such as J Dilla, Timbaland and Darkchild to name a few, Anae sees herself as developing a style of beats that draws you in through hard hitting drum patterns and eventually connects to you on a deeper level, through soulful chord progressions and melodies. Anae has some projects under her belt. She self produced ‘Pillow Talk’ Mixtape with Ms Fu as Blac Cousins and then she released “The Sounds You Make – Vol 1 Hip Hop Edition which is an instrumental EP all in 2020 Follow Anae: Twitter: @Anaemusic

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There is NO LOVE in the Ghana Music Industry musician STEGUE cries out

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Ghanaian singjay Stegue seems to be bitter about how the Ghanaian Music industry is full of hatred for each other which shouldn’t be so.

He says there is ‘No Love’ in the industry unlike other countries and that is one of the reasons why our industry is refusing to grow because instead of collaborating and helping each other grow to face the world market at large we find ourselves competing with each other in this small space.

In his recent release of the visuals for song titled ‘No Love’ a single off his Debut EP ‘Xpensive Style ‘ he cries out and addresses the hatred in the system .

In a recent tweet he stated clearly https://twitter.com/_stegue_/status/1448308317244243970?s=20   .” There is No love in the Ghana Music industry ,let’s not forget that at the end it’s us against the world” .In his recent video he talks about the hatred in the system and unnecessary competition .

 

Fans were amused after his statements while they highly anticipate the release of his sophomore Project “Songs For The Deaf” year .

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I’ve never cheated on my wife in our 16 years of marriage – Okyeame Kwame reveals

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Ghanaian musician and songwriter Kwame Nsiah-Apau, popularly known as Okyeame Kwame, says he has never cheated on his wife since they married 16 years ago. (more…)

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“I want to go to Psychiatric again, take me back to psychiatric” -Funny Face relapses and cries for help

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The actor in a new video has been weeping over his failed love life. According to him, he has never been lucky when it comes women. “Herh Yaw Boateng, you have followed a*s and disappointed yourself, I have been crying,” he said.
Funny Face was speaking about his ex-wife, baby mama and another woman he claims has given a child of his to another man in Germany because of money.
Recounting his experience with women in his life, Funny Face says he wants to go back to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. “Herh woman go show you … Someone has slept with my wife and married her, I didn’t take the 7:30 medicine, it calms me down,” he said.

“AM ABOUT TO DROP SOME BOMBSHELLS !! I give JEHOVAH all da glory … you girls thought .. I was a fool? Nooo NEVER !! I loved u genuinely .. dats why .. you fucked urselves like a female dog “ BITCH “ yet I still loved you girls with all my heart especially VANNESSA.. cos you gave me #ELLAandBELLA my precious Darlings .. I was even ready to die for you VANNESSA .. but what did u do .. u sold me cheap to my haters.. GIRL get ready .. people will know da real you .. why are u selling pussy tightener and dick enlargement on ur page .. after u got followers from my fam base .. I think … like 17,000 #FunnyFans came to follow you because you took a picture with me at da psychiatric and it went viral .. so my fans came to follow u .. what did u do .. u disgraced dem by selling pussy juice .. kwasssiaaaa baaaashasheeeeee … because dats how … u get to meet ur “ men “ …. Mordern “ HOOK UP “ .. been quite for soo long .. am abt to drop some secrets !! GHANA GET READY …. IS ABT TO GO DOWN.”

 

After sharing various videos recounting his pain, the “COW AND CHICKEN” actor called for help.

“Someone has slept with my wife and married her, another one too has given my child to another man because of money, Yaw Boateng I am tired … I want to go to Psychiatric again, take me back to psychiatric,” he said whilst crying in a now-deleted video.

Funny Face experiences 7th suicide attempt, saved by Military men in Kumasi

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MzGee resigns from Media General after 2 years

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TV3 and 3FM’s entertainment journalist and television host, Gloria Akpene Acquah, popularly known as MzGee, has quit her job with the Media General after 2 years. (more…)

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Use local songs for your Tiktok videos – Kuami Eugene appeals to Ghanaians

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Lynx Music signee, Kuami Eugene has called out social media users who are usually seen jamming to other nationals’ songs on Tiktok to equally do more videos with Ghanaian songs. (more…)

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Nigerians mourn as fast-rising compere, MC Eve dies in a car crash in Lagos

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Nigerians are mourning event host, Evelyn Adewunmi, popularly known as MC Eve, who died in a car crash. (more…)

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