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Asabaako Music Festival introduces hiphop and alternative music to Busua

Ghana’s buzzing beach music festival, Asabaako Music Festival returned the fun and excitement to the village of Busua this December after its debut earlier in March this year. Initially billed as a festival around Ghana’s Independence Day celebrations, the festival will henceforth be held annually during the Farmers’ Day celebrations weekend in December. The second […]

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Ghana’s buzzing beach music festival, Asabaako Music Festival returned the fun and excitement to the village of Busua this December after its debut earlier in March this year. Initially billed as a festival around Ghana’s Independence Day celebrations, the festival will henceforth be held annually during the Farmers’ Day celebrations weekend in December.

The second edition of Asabaako Music Festival, started Day 1 (Friday) on a hip-hop/hiplife tip with several up and coming rappers from within the Takoradi metropolis including Jae Bills, Scurry, Spooky, Ato Sela, Story Tym, Nero, Kofi Kinaata, Sketches and Yaa Pono from Accra. Emerging Ivorian hiphop act, Zepekenio also showcased his unique mix of coupe decale and hiphop.

Day 2 saw more of acoustic jazz and soul music, traditional music and highlife with a pinch of hiplife and alternative rap music. There was a performance from a local brass band earlier in the day which eventually gave way to a series of live highlife and reggae performances from the Rising International Band. The main performances on the night included Nigerian acoustic soul singer, Sistasoul, Lady J and A.R.T, Lil Shaker, Sankwas Bois, FOKN Bois (Wanlov and M3nsa) and others. There was also a spoken word performance by DK Osei.

Day 3 was mostly for DJ mixes and the evening saw a Jungle Party in the forest coast of the Busua Beach. Throughout the festival, there were eclectic mixes of music genres from Ghanaian and international DJs including Kobby Graham, Rita Ray, DJ Sanse, DJ T-Roy, B-Brave, Andy Stoner, DJ Shocka among others. Between these Disc Jockeys, Busua reverberated with hiplife, highlife, afrobeat, house, and electric music to other music genres; and no matter the genre, the people just danced away.  From the youngest Busua resident hoping to experience some excitement on the quiet beach, to the Accra resident looking for a perfect getaway from the chaotic city life, and the foreigner or expat looking to mingle with locals and unwind to the natures of a beautiful and simple  beach line, Asabaako Music Festival had something for everyone.

The beach was also packed with fun activities such as beach soccer, acrobatics, swimming, surfing, cheer singing, rap contests and dancing competitions. The popular Azonto dance seems to have travelled all the way to the coasts of the Western Region, as the young children of Busua and the adults alike showed off their azonto skills.

Certainly Asabaako Music Festival is growing and can only get better with more of such key sponsorships from Africa Cola and Geodrill. Asabaako! One Dance!

 

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Lungi Naidoo Returns With A Brave New EP Called ‘COURAGE’

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South African singer and songwriter, Lungi Naidoo, returns after a lengthy hiatus with her new Afro-pop flavoured EP boldly titled, COURAGE.

Releasing on 24 September across all DSPs via Ditto Music, COURAGE will be preceded by the release of three singles namely, “Feel Good” (16 July), “About You” (20August) and “Azania” (17 September).

After a few false starts with various producers during 2020’s lockdown, Lungi eventually met South African-born, London-based producer and mixer Pete ‘Boxsta’ Martin and his Three Bears Ent. partner, songwriter and producer Dantae Johnson at the beginning of 2021 and felt an instant working chemistry. The recording process was preceded by a week-long Zoom writing camp where Lungi, at her home studio in Cape Town, together with Dantae Johnson and songwriter Amelia Payne, at their studio in London, gave birth to the songs on COURAGE.

The EP was co-written, recorded and produced by Dantae Johnson at The Woods Studios in London and mixed & executive produced by Pete ‘Boxsta’ Martin at the Matrix Studio complex. Addicted was produced by Tega at Blues Steam Entertainment Studio in Lagos, Nigeria. Lungi recorded all the vocals at the Sound Foundry studio in Cape Town with Greg Abrahams.

The EP is also mixed in Dolby Atmos by Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert and will be available in Spatial Audio on Apple Music.

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100s of Final Year Students Receive Impartation Under Phrimpong’s Possible Project

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Ghanaian musician, Phrimpong on the morning of Friday commenced activities to the rollout of his informative springboard event dubbed The Possible Project

The event which saw over 500 soon-to-be JHS graduates in attendance and prepared for a positive interaction was a sight to behold on the streets of Ashtown, as students gradually trooped into the premises of Apostolic Junior High School.

Addressing students on the purpose of the gathering, the rapper who grew up in same vicinity took them down memory lane through his musical and academic journey.

“I grew up in this neighbourhood as a young rapper and this is where I recorded my first song as a professional artiste. I have had the privilege of teaching at the St Anne’s Anglican Junior High School as an intern whiles a student of the University of Education Winneba where I read BSc Biological Science Education from 2016 to 2020 whiles pursuing my dream of becoming a mainstream musician.”

Derrick Frimpong Manso further shared the not all rosy experience of his determination while battling and shuffling time to pursue a talent and academic heights coupled with different demands, but smiled to the successes chalked so far and used himself and others alike, including Okyeame Kwame, Gyakie, Yussif Chipsah, and Marcus Rashford of Man United as a reference point to revive hope and drum the achievers’ mantra.

“Today I come to you with a short message. You can be anything you want to be with your talent and your education together. As young as you are, please pursue your talent and your goals to become whoever you want to be but please don’t forsake your education”

Ancestral Poet and Ghana’s Ambassador for Culture, Prof. Ohenenana Kofi Owusu Nyarko, urged students to find an interest and choose a role model to inspire and direct oneself, and also pledged to support students who are good in poetry whiles asking schools authorities to form poetry clubs to harness talents.

Students were later gifted branded stationery, and entertained to the sounds of Phrimpong and Kweku Darlington, amid snacks.

Following the success of the maiden edition, the rapper hints of his next school or community beneficiary soon

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Jessy Gh Finally Drops His Anticipated Apple and Rose EP

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Ghanaian rapper and singer Jessy Gh has released his most anticipated EP dubbed Apple and Rose. The EP features Amerado, Scata Bada, and Jah Phinga.  Apple – Signifies songs on the EP that talks about struggles. Rose – Refers to songs on the EP which talks about love. Apple And Rose according to Jessy were inspired by few life experiences. This Ep contains 8 songs and features Amerado, Scata Bada and Jah Phinga. Produced and mixed by sector made it, mastered by Kv Bangerz.

 

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Among the 8 songs on the EP, the 3 tracks with the various features have different dynamics. Though the singles can’t be written off, let’s take our time and look at the gravity of the various artists on the EP.

 

Track 2- “EBEFA”: It features Rashid Mortey a Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall artiste and songwriter known by stage name Scata Bada. Scata Bada recorded several songs including his major hit single “STYLE IT” featuring BET award winner, Sarkodie. He was a nominee for the Discovery of the Year category of the Bass Award 2016. Scata followed with “6 packs” in 2017 which featured Stonebwoy. His presence on the EBEFA song made the song unique.

 

Track 6- ADOM: Adom simply means grace. Though Jessy Stated that each song called for the feature itself as in the inspiration he got, we believe Amerado was the right catalyst especially with his rise to fame in recent times.  Known as Amerado, Derrick Sarfor Kantanka has made rap an interesting piece to write about through his “Y33te Ns3m” since the peak of the Covid 19. He rose famously for his rap music in 2018 when he released his lead single “I AM”.The song was rated among the top 10 Ghanaian songs by Pulse Ghana. He got nominations for the best Hip-hop Song and Best Video at the 2019 VGMA’s and was also featured on Sarkodie’s “Biibi ba” song.

 

Track 7-“FOR YOU” was a perfect call for Jah Phinga and will say it was God’s plan. Jonathan Woelin Segbefia popularly known as Jah Phinga was the chosen one on this. He is a Reggae/Dancehall artiste. He has recorded over 55 singles and has worked with Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, and others. His song “ONE WORLD ONE PEOPLE ” grabbed him a nomination in 2017 at the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA). Jah Phinga is currently the reigning Volta Music Awards Artist of the year. His recent exploits with Ice Prince have just shown how determined he is to succeed in this field.

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SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/4eL4YCwaU8o2HB0hvE8AfP

APPLE MUSIC: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/apple-and-rose/1585215513

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WATCH: Amaarae performs at Governors Ball 2021

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Ghanaian-American musician Amaarae who is currently on her “Crazy Wurld Tour” has graced this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival in New York. (more…)

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I have no property not even half plot after 20 years of acting – Veteran actress Maame Gyanwaa begs for support

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Veteran actress Mavis Yeboah popularly known as Gyanwaa has revealed she is partially blind and needs Gh3000 monthly for eye treatment. (more…)

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Zionfelix’s baby boy with Erica writes emotional letter to his parents on social media

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After being on earth for less than two months, Felix Adom Jnr son of blogger Zionfelix has written a touching letter to his parents. (more…)

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