Fiifi Selah, now known professionally as XLNC , is an award winning musician and radio personality based in Accra, Ghana and the CEO of XLNC Family record label. He was the lead vocalist and leader of the beloved pioneer Afro-pop groups Tadi-based “Sass Squad” and “Th4Kwages” respectively, and has 4 albums to his credit with those groups. He is now embarking on a solo career, a move that was long overdue and is egarly awaited by his many fans. https://ameyawdebrah.com/music-sights-charity-hollywood-brothers-kwame-boateng-kofi-siriboe-kwesi-boakye-first-trip-ghana/ “ XLNC: MADE IN AFRICA” is his first release. (19th August 2017) to be followed by BEFORE XLNC :TH4 KWAGES & SASS SQUAD YEARS” for Xmas 2017, and the March 2018 Launch of “XLNC: Afro Everything”, 12 track album of Afro-pop, Hip-Life, High-Life and Reggae Dancehall. He is scheduled to perform on Saturday August 19th from 6:50pm – 7:05pm at the Highlife Cafe Mantse Agbonaa Stage as part of the Chalewote Festival. Photo credit: Bernard Amankwah]]>
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Uptown Energy Records is pleased to announce the first single dubbed, “Fa Adwen”, off Yaa Pono’s yet to be released 6 tracks EP “Mawusi”.
The song will be available across all digital streaming platforms on the sixth day of the sixth month, thus; Monday 6/6/2022.
“Fa Adwen” is a composition of HipHop and HipLife and features rapper Flowking Stone, the song was produced by Gbevu Music Group.
From the newly formed group under Uptown Energy Records called 66 Squad.
Gyakie , Kidi, Amaarae nomination for 2022 Headies Awards
Gyakie has earned a nomination in Nigeria’s major music awards show of the year, the Headies Awards.
The nominations, announced a few hours ago, mention Gyakie in the Best West African Artiste of the Year Award category.
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The Academy states the category is for artists of West African descent with the most outstanding achievements and impact across Africa in the year under review and anyone can tell Gyakie’s success from 2020, consistently through 2021 and into 2022 is nothing short of incredible.
The massive success of her viral hit song, “Forever”. off her debut project, the Seed EP became one of the first Ghanaian songs in awhile to break into Nigerian music charts without a Naija feature. The smart move by her team, Flip The Music to feature Omah Lay did nothing but become an even higher step up the ladder. “Need Me” and her steady run of features with big name acts like Blaqjerzee, Tanzanian artist Jux, South Africa’s Major League DJz and more have seen Gyakie’s songs seeping into charts all over West Africa, making debuts in all parts of Africal. Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Grenada, Tanzania are just a few African countries that’s seen the songbird’s music charting, months after their release.
It’s obvious how easily the Ghanaian singer can hold her own in any African wide Awards Nomination category and with equally deserving acts nominated alongside her (Kidi, Amaarae, Angelique Kidjo, Nelson Freitas and Aya Nakamura), the Best West African Act category is definitely a major win for the young artist.
The Headies Awards is Nigeria’s biggest most anticipated music awards show. The awards show is scheduled to be held on Sunday 4th September, 2022 at the COBB Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, USA.
Brenya to represent Ghana at ‘Iconik By One Viktory’ show in France
Award-winning Ghanaian highlife musician Brenya will, on June 18, 2022, represent Ghana at the coveted Iconik show organised by One Viktory in Paris, France.
In an interview with the event organizers, they said: “The event is a fashion show, conference, and a musical concert, and we are excited to have Brenya perform for our audience.”
Speaking on his scheduled debut performance in France, Brenya said the Paris show comes as a great opportunity for him to showcase to the world what he is capable of as a musician.
“Iconik by One Viktory is an event that will showcase everything I stand for as an artist. The music, the promotion of positivity, and the culture of being fashionable and mingling with like-minded folks.
“This isn’t my first time working with One Viktory, and as it was the last time, I’m confident Iconik will be a memorable event. I can’t wait to go out there and spread the message of positivity, self-confidence, and love,” he said.
One Viktory is a media, event, culture, and fashion company located in New York (USA), Brazzaville, and Pointe Noire (Congo). The company has a long-standing relationship with Brenya. In 2019, they commissioned him to compose the theme song for the company titled ‘Be The One’.
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Why The Fuck Are We Getting Comfortable With Fuck?
“Who never fuck up hands in the air…” ― Black Sherif
When I heard Black Sherif’s Kwaku The Traveller the first time, I asked my wife, “What would it have cost this young artiste to replace fuck with a friendlier word?” I was concerned about the effect on his young fans so I wondered, “No one on his management team could advise him to use a more decent language in the song?”
A beautiful song regardless, I cringe anytime the swear word has to be sung. It almost mars the flow of the song. I wonder what may be running through the minds of teenagers who joyously sing such. For parents who play such in their cars, I can only imagine the look on their faces when their toddlers innocently rattle this part of the song.
Today, this song is a global hit. Travelling across the oceans to places no one imagined it could ― courtesy social media ― one can only wonder how well the word ‘fuck’ has also travelled. Many social media users have sung it effortlessly, caring nothing about how vulgar it is as a word to be used in public.
Defining ‘fuck’ within the context of the above song, Encarta Dictionary states, “a highly offensive term meaning to ruin, botch or destroy something.” If there are other synonyms of the word to convey the same message, why intentionally resort to a ‘highly offensive’ option? For clout chasing? To please a society that is gradually glossing over foul language?
Well, Black Sherif’s song is just one of the many Ghanaian songs where expletives like ‘fuck’ are littered therein. It has always been my concern as to the process of censorship some of these songs go through before being consumed by people like us.
Consumers deserve the best. Creatives must bear in mind that their content is consumed by people of varying ages, hence, must be thoughtful about the kind of language used in creating such content.
Lately, it has become almost suicidal to watch any content with your children. There is little censorship of the content we consume. We don’t know when next an expletive will be hurled at us like an explosive.
The moral standards of the world we live in have sunk so low that it has almost become wrong to advocate for the right thing to be done. Swear words, profanity and their likes are gradually seeping through our media. It has become impossible to tell right from wrong because our mentors and gate keepers so-called are falling for the trends. We prefer to give attention to what is trending and not what is morally right.
Are expletives becoming the order of the day? Unfortunately, they are and we are all watching on. Today, we are awarding artistes for the same swear words they would have been banned some years ago for. Some of these vulgar words that used to be said with caution are now a norm in our favorite songs, movies and even conversations on the media. What changed? Time?
Time must not change wrong into right. Modernity doesn’t take away vulgarity. Just because technology is aiding us to make life better today doesn’t mean the standards we kept in the Stone Age are now obsolete. We can still be creative without being vulgar. We can still communicate our emotions without foul language. We can still entertain without profanity!
The advent of social media has made it difficult for many to draw a clear line between morality and trends. Our celebrities carelessly throw these vulgar words around and their followers jump on them with little or no understanding. Just because something is trending doesn’t make it right.
As a society, it is sad we are gradually admitting these swear words into our circles. We go mute when they hit us. We nod when they are hurled at us as though they are not vulgar anymore. They have become a catch phrase in our entertainment space. We hear them over and over again in our songs and dance to them. We are not spared in our movies as well.
‘Fuck’ is quite becoming an admiringly acceptable language in our entertainment space and it is getting sickening by the day. Have we copied our colonial masters so much that we give no hoot about our culture of morality anymore? Even on the stage of the 23rd edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) some weeks ago, Wendy Shay repeatedly blurted out ‘fuck’ in her new anti-domestic violence song in the sight of the whole world. The irony!
Guess what. This was a live event with viewers across the world with varying ages. Apparently, there had been rehearsals before the event. Could no one draw her attention to the violence meted out to her audience in the name of fighting violence?
As a creative myself, I always insist that the process of creativity should be able to impart on this generation and posterity. The ultimate goal should be to leave a mark and not to just create content.
Decency matters in entertainment. We can always communicate the right way. Wrong soon becomes a norm if not corrected. Our children will soon slap us with expletives like ‘fuck’ if we don’t nip this foreign culture in the bud. We must not be comfortable with swear words!
The writer is a playwright and Chief Scribe of Scribe Communications, an Accra-based writing company (www.scribecommltd.com).
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