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Meet Derek Simpey: A creative making smooth Afrobeat sounds with the steel drum

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Nothing captures the mood and relaxing atmosphere of music like the sound of live steel drums and Derek Simpey is on a mission to give Afrobeat that twist with his talent.

Derek Simpey in an exclusive interview with Ameyaw TV’s JQ, the Amsterdam-born and raised artist shared his journey into venturing into music and goals for the future.
Derek has been playing steel drum professionally since falling in love with it at a young age in high school. Having watched his teacher play “Jammin” by Bob Marley with a steel drum, young Derek knew the instrument would be a part of his life forever.

Coming from the Caribbean, the steel drum instrument is said to exude positivity and good vibes. The steel drum can be heard in Caribbean music genres like Ska, Calypso, dance hall, etc. What makes Mr. Derek Simpey stand out is that, instead of going in for the traditional genre, he finds himself in the field of Afrobeats.

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On why he is keen on promoting steel drum music in Ghana, Derek said:

“This instrument is not common at all, I don’t think you will find anyone playing it in Ghana, and even where I come from in Amsterdam, they don’t play it often and only a handful of people play the instrument like I do”.

When asked if his art receives the same recognition as violinists, trumpeters, and other instrumentalists, Derek Simpey revealed that his talent as a steel drummer brings him enough recognition as the others and sometimes more because it’s a unique instrument. According to him, he gets booked to fly all over the world to play at weddings, parties, events, etc.

As a Ghanaian by blood, Derek aims at pushing the steel drum sound into the Ghanaian music scene by first exposing the populace to the sweet afrobeat sound he creates with his steel drum.

With a humongous vision of coming back to Ghana one day to host a very huge show where the center of attraction is the steel drum. To push this agenda forward, he plans on working with other creatives like dancers, performers, and musicians. Sharing an exclusiTrigmatic, a well-known Ghanaian Musician.

 

Story by: Felix Kofi Adu Amankwah

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Ancient Greeks and Romans gambled for entertainment, just like the modern man. Gladiator fights at Rome’s Coliseum were extensively bet on by Romans of the time. Instead of guessing which gladiator would be the last one standing in a sports event, many people wager on the result of football, or horse racing, or choose to play casino games.

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Here’s a list of the best games to focus on as a newcomer to online casinos. Some of the best you can start with are slots, but there are always other options for those who wish for something more challenging

1.   Legend of Helios Slots

Realtime Gaming has released a strong new slot machine. There are 5 reels and 25 pay lines in this Greek mythology-inspired slot. Introduced in October 2021, Helios, the sun deity, takes center stage in this game.

A four-horse chariot drove Helios across the sky every day in Ancient Greek mythology. As the Titan of the heavens, he is the star of RTG’s newest slot machine, dominating all players’ attention and awarding massive payouts. You can find this game on Springbok Casino.

With a variety of additional features, including a Bonus Wheel Portal and a chance to win four free games, this game is sure to please all the newbies amongst you.

If the gods are kind to you, you may win up to 2,250 times your initial wager on the Legend of Helios slot machine. There are several ways to win no matter your level of skills.

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3.   Sparky 7 Slots

Developed by Realtime Gaming (RTG), Sparky 7 is a 3-reel classic slot that was released in the summer of 2021. This game has just five pay lines, making it very easy to understand and play.

With a contemporary touch, the slot’s concept is actually quite vintage making it perfect for newcomers to online casinos!

If you’re seeking enormous victories instead of continuous minor wins, Sparky 7 is the game for you. Wilds, scatters, and multipliers are all standard elements in this slot, but there are a few extras worth mentioning, such as the transferring symbols.

During play, the number of active pay lines can’t be altered; hence, only the highest win on an active pay line is added to the game’s balance.

4.   Roulette

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