Connect with us

Uncategorized

‘Asabaako! Music festival’, More than Just music

Busua, a little village tucked away from Takoradi, the capital of Western Region, resonated to the sounds of the ‘Asabaako! Music Festival’ throughout Ghana’s 54th Independence celebrations from March 5 to 7. The buzz of ‘Asaabako!’ travelled fast and wide across the predominantly fishing and farming community, as posters and flyers littered the village. The […]

Published

on

Busua, a little village tucked away from Takoradi, the capital of Western Region, resonated to the sounds of the ‘Asabaako! Music Festival’ throughout Ghana’s 54th Independence celebrations from March 5 to 7. The buzz of ‘Asaabako!’ travelled fast and wide across the predominantly fishing and farming community, as posters and flyers littered the village. The locals were indeed ready to have all the fun that ‘Asabaako!’ promised and that was just what they had!

The festival kicked off on Saturday with DJ mixes on the Busua Beach from morning till evening.  The children of the village seemed the most excited to have the music train in their village, as they came out to dance, swim, play and make merry – sometimes stripped bare down to their toes! Although Busua Beach is a popular leisure destination for many foreigners, some of the villagers seemed a bit overwhelmed by the number of new faces around but their hospitality towards the visitors never waned. As the music blasted out of the speakers, the locals interacted amongst themselves and with the visitors, playing football and other games.

Gradually the locals realised that something new and different had arrived in their village when the music continued into the evening without any signs of stopping. At this point the swimming had wound down and more people were converging around the Okorye Tree Restaurant, where all the music was coming from. Soon, it was time for a ‘Bless the Mic’ session, where new and budding rap talents from particularly Takoradi grabbed the opportunity to showcase their skills. It was a moment of pride for the people of the region, now affectionately called Oil City (OC), to see their own people performing.  Every now and then, the rappers would mention ‘Oil City’ in their lyrics and receive some sort of affirmation from the crowd.

One of the biggest highlights from the Bless the Mic session was when some children were given the chance to also to showcase what they had.  With their funny monikers, they managed to excite the crowd with some creative and unexpected punch lines. Even more amazing, was the fact that most of their friends and family didn’t know that had it in them! They were hailed as stars after their performances by their peers, who chased them around the beach only to carry them shoulder-high. With the bonfire blazing and a loud selection of ‘new school’ and ‘old school’ music from the genres of hiplife, dance, techno/house, hiphop, dancehall etc, patrons partied late till the early morning of Sunday.

With the success and excitement of day 1, the Sunday festivities kicked off on a high. With the hot early morning sun shining in its full glory, Independence Day in Busua this year, promised to be more than just watching students and the Ghana Armed Forces parading on TV, or listening to the President’s speech on radio. The scenes at the Busua Beach weren’t too different from the previous day. As the villagers prepared for their day, the music started booming on the beach as the organizers of ‘Asabaako!’ started to put up an ‘African Village Bamboo Stage’. With wooden floor slabs and bamboo stilts to support lighting and other paraphernalia, a simple stage was constructed for the performances slated for later in the day.

Advertisement

As the day progressed, the people of Busua got introduced to the mixing genius of DJs such as the international afropolitan enthusiast, Rita Ray, the unassuming Kobby Graham and Julz. As usual, there was dancing, acrobatics, swimming, games and some buying and selling on the beach. It was a bit unusual to see plantain sellers on the beach but they were there, right along with the coconut sellers.  For a small village, the Busua Beach area can boast of a rather varied entree of food. From the delightful Eurocentric menu of Okorye Tree Restaurant to the spicy hot chicken of Alaska Beach Club and the scrumptious homemade food of the Dadson Lodge, there was never a dull moment for the taste buds of revellers.  The hot fried yam with fish/chicken joint, a few metres from the beach, was certainly a favourite for many. It was particularly interesting, observing the white folks ask for “more sauce” (shito) whenever they run out pepper for their yams. ‘Asabaako!’ sponsors, Africa Cola didn’t only provide the much-needed drinks to quench parched throats on the beach but also provided temporary employment for some young boys who were commissioned to sell the Africa Cola range in the village.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PtpV-3wgmk

The performances on Day 2 got underway with some of the artists from the previous night’s Bless the Mic session passing through, as well as a brass band performance by a local band. As the music and performances got into the evening, the crowd drew closer to the stage to partake more in the festivities. There was a dancing competition for the children, and winners were chosen based on cheers from the crowd. The winners received crates of drinks from Africa Cola, much to the delight of their family and friends who knew they had a stake in at least some few bottles.

Soon the ‘Asabaako!’ listed artists got on the stage much to the delight of the people. Fast growing lyricist, Yaa Pono wowed the audience with his hard hitting and witty punch lines. Although most of the people were seeing the rapper for the first time, they got into the performance and it was only a matter of time for the crowd to sing along.  Wanlov and the African Gypsy Band, comprising an accordion player and a violinist, brought in some unusual folk/reggae vibes.  Wanlov performed some new songs that were not known to the crowd but the blending of the accordion and violin was just too musical for the crowd to stand and ask, ‘what is this?’ After indulging the crowd in the new material, Wanlov got off the stage and into the crowd to perform his more familiar songs – getting some free backing vocals from the crowd in the process.

Advertisement

After the performances, it was back to DJ mixes as the party continued yet again into the early hours of the morning. Day 3 was more of jamming on the beach with music from the DJs, and fun and games. In spite of not being able to feature artists such as Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Efya or even Talib Kweli as advertised in the weeks leading to the festival, ‘Asabaako! Music Festival’ still managed to entertain holiday makers from all over the world, as well as the people of Busua who clearly can’t wait to see their village go alive again when ‘Asabaako!’ returns next year.

Uncategorized

Bofoakwa Tano faces Nsoatreman FC in 2024 MTN FA Cup final

Published

on

The final match of this season’s MTN FA Cup has been confirmed to be held at the University of Ghana Stadium in Legon on Sunday, June 23rd. (more…)

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Devastating fire destroys wooden structures at Circle ECOMOG

Published

on

Scores of wooden structures at Circle ECOMOG in the Greater Accra region have been completely razed by a devastating fire. (more…)

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

NHIS begins free 6-month dialysis support programme

Published

on

Starting June 1, 2024, through December 2024, individuals who are under 18 and over 60 years of age and suffering from kidney diseases will be eligible for eight free dialysis sessions monthly, this is according to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). (more…)

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Ghana’s Rising Star 8LYF Set to Drop New Single “Feel Home” on June 7

Published

on

Fast-rising Ghanaian musician 8LYF is gearing up to release his latest single, “Feel Home,” produced by the renowned Tubani Music. This track, a masterful blend of dancehall and Afro-fusion, is poised to make a significant impact on the music scene. The release, backed by his label IB Records, is scheduled for June 7, 2024, and promises to showcase 8LYF’s exceptional talent and versatility.

8LYF’s passion for music ignited at a very young age on the streets of Teshie Nungua, Accra, where his talent quickly garnered attention and admiration. Performing at local shows and impromptu street sessions, he became a beloved figure in his community, captivating audiences with his dynamic performances and raw talent.

Known for his versatility, 8LYF effortlessly merges different genres, creating a unique sound that sets him apart from his peers. But his talents don’t stop at music; he’s also recognized for his high fashion sense and stylish personality, making him a trendsetter both on and off the stage.

 
Ghana’s Rising Star 8LYF Set to Drop New Single "Feel Home" on June 7

Ghana’s Rising Star 8LYF Set to Drop New Single “Feel Home” on June 7

“Feel Home” is more than just a song; it’s a narrative that delves into the struggles and betrayals faced by a young soul. Through its poignant lyrics and compelling rhythm, the track offers a message of resilience and finding peace amidst chaos. It’s a song that encourages listeners to find solace within themselves and truly “feel home” no matter the challenges they face.

Those who have come into contact with 8LYF, whether through his music or personally, have hailed him as the future of Ghanaian music. His ability to connect with audiences and his unwavering dedication to his craft signal a bright future ahead.

Advertisement

As the release date for “Feel Home” approaches, anticipation is building. Fans and newcomers alike are eagerly waiting to experience the latest from this multifaceted artist. With the support of IB Records, his exceptional talent, and distinctive style, 8LYF is undoubtedly set to leave an indelible mark on the music industry. Keep an eye on this rising star as he continues to elevate Ghanaian music to new heights.

Continue Reading

Listen

“COVID-19” inspired my “Aseda”single – Michael K. Okyere recounts

Published

on

Versatile musician Michael K. Okyere has recently released a single titled “Aseda,” which was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. The article explores the meaning behind the song and how Okyere found inspiration during this challenging time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably affected people’s lives across the globe. From the devastating loss of lives to the economic downturn, it has created an unprecedented situation for everyone. However, amid the chaos and uncertainty, many individuals have found solace and inspiration in unlikely places.

One such person is Michael K. Okyere, a talented and versatile musician known for his ability to captivate audiences with his unique fusion of various music genres. When the pandemic struck, Okyere found himself reflecting on the prevailing circumstances and sought a way to channel his emotions into his art.

The result was the creation of his latest single, “Aseda,” which means “thanks” in the Akan language spoken in Ghana, Okyere’s home country. The song serves as a tribute to the resilience and gratitude of individuals during these challenging times.

Okyere shares that “Aseda” was born out of his desire to express his deep appreciation for life and the strength of the human spirit. He witnessed people coming together, supporting each other, and finding joy in the simplest of things despite the hardships they faced. The song aims to inspire listeners to focus on gratitude and appreciate the little things that often go unnoticed.

The upbeat and catchy melody of “Aseda” mirrors the message of hope and positivity that Okyere intends to convey. By merging traditional Ghanaian rhythms with contemporary sounds, he manages to create a musical fusion that resonates with a wide audience. The song’s infectious energy invites listeners to immerse themselves in the celebration of life and their ability to overcome adversity.

While the pandemic has presented numerous challenges for musicians and artists, Okyere has channeled his creativity into creating meaningful and inspiring content. He believes that music has the power to uplift souls and connect people, even in the toughest of times.

Through “Aseda,” Michael K. Okyere hopes to remind listeners that amidst the chaos and uncertainty, there is still much to be grateful for. The song serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of gratitude in finding solace and joy even in challenging circumstances.

As an artiste, his ability to find inspiration in difficult times demonstrates his dedication to his craft and his commitment to spreading positivity through music. “Aseda” is a testament to his versatility and talent, showcasing his ability to merge different musical styles to create a vibrant and captivating masterpiece.

Enjoy the song below

https://youtu.be/vInPF-NKMic?si=mFS0mfw8CAX0YEtd

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Pizza Inn the Bridge at Adjiriganor is giving free Pizza Pies this Christmas season

Published

on

Ghanaian Pizza brand, Pizza Inn has opened a new branch in East-Legon and has FREE pizza pies and more to share this christmas season. (more…)

Continue Reading

Trending