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MUSIC REVIEW: “Conqueror” by ICGC Gospel Diva, Yvonne Asamoah-Tawiah, will certainly make you conquer the unconquerable

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Minister Yvonne, known as Yvonne Asamoah Tawiah — a supremely talented UK-based Ghanaian gospel singer, songwriter, and minister whose star may rise as quickly in Ghana as it is in the UK is rocking our gospel screens with a tantalizing spirit-engulfed gospel music. 

The gospel diva cum military woman currently works with the British Armed Forces as Human Resource Specialist.  She is a staunch member of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) UK.

Last year, she began releasing her maiden singles, comprising “Unchangeable God” which got listed on the UK Gospel Music Chart for weeks, and “Besuka” which infused the melodic sensibility of African pop with flashes of afrobeats and R. & B. which lends an extraordinary sweetness to the songs.   

In August 2020, her Besuka gospel video won the Best International Video of the year award organised by WWGMVA UK.

Minister Yvonne is reshaping the acceptance of Ghanaian gospel music across the world.  

Her latest, “Conqueror,” is yet another proof that she is fully prepared for the mandate ahead.

“Conqueror” is one of the best bodies of work Ghanaian music has seen in 2020. Released on 30th October 2020, and available on all the major digital streaming stores, the song makes room for empowerment as a key to survival in this era of COVID-19. 

THE REVIEW

Excellent song I must say!

The genre of the song is reggae. According to the Jamaican based Reggae Plus Radio, Gospel Reggae is the fastest growing segment of reggae music at the moment. It is therefore really homecoming of sorts for Minister Yvonne as songs like “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego” by Justin Hind became a worldwide hit because it demonstrated a major Gospel influence. 

Content: The title of the song, “conqueror” is an intoxicating mash of mental revolution as it empowers listeners.  

The title “conqueror” according to the English Dictionary means one who subdues and brings into subjection or possession by force or by influence. In the strictest sense, it means one who conquers, vanquishes; a victor. 

With inspiration from Ephesians 6:10-17, Minister Yvonne uses the word “conqueror” to minister and tell the world that we are conquerors despite the challenges we are confronted with. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked nations and economies. Individually, it has drained people financially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. The song therefore offers the perfect prescription for people from all walks of life to conquer their fears in this era.

There is no way you would listen to this song without feeling you are a conqueror! You would instantly be mentally revolutionised and be pushed to accept yourself as a conqueror. This song from beginning to the end is spirit-filling especially that chorus part where she chants “among all conquerors oh…oh I am a conqueror”. I was lost in the spirit as I sat to review this song. 

Vocal Strength: From her two previous projects, “unchangeable” and “Besuka”, Yvonne has exhibited impressive vocal capacities in her delivery and live performances. I am not surprised at all her vocals on “conqueror” is faultless.  

Yvonne’s voice is honey-sweet without being saccharine, and the song is incredibly dreamy while still maintaining a strong rhythmic focus. Her notes are clean as she sings comfortably within her range. One characteristic that will certainly make the song a favourite for all is the witty kind of playful ad-libs to the inner fabric of the song’s DNA.

Song Arrangement:  The song comes in one verse. The pre-chorus “Lion of Judah He roars with power and might” was taken twice. The main chorus, “I am a conqueror” was taken twelve (12) times. The post-chorus predominated the song. The hook “Great I am, great is in me” was sung six (6) times while the bridge “You’re sovereign” came once. 

The lyrics are well arranged. The verse, chorus and the bridge relate to the entire theme of the song which is “conqueror”.  The lyrics of the song is simple to assimilate and in her honesty is a subject that cannot be over flawed. She keeps the message pretty simple and very easy to understand. 

In the verse, she exhorts us to be courageously “fitted in readiness” for every situation with the “shield of faith fearlessly” like a soldier because there is no more time to wait. She urges us to “Shout it out” by saying “I am a conqueror” if you believe you are one. 

Instrumentation/Production: The major instruments used to compose this song include drums, obviously to keep the timing and to maintain the integrity of the one drop beat. The natural sound of a milked piano with the keyboard adds freshness to the lyrics, making it a classic riddim. 

Additional instruments used are electric guitar and mellow strings, metronome, light percussions. It is a mid-tempo song laced with powerful vocals and rhythmic switch of instruments with backed up soothing harmony that works perfectly on “conqueror” song well – it is very interesting to the ears.

The rhythm is spirit filling, the melody is spirit filling, the lyrics are spirit filling, the video is spirit filling, the artiste is spirit filled, the backup singers are spirit filled; the entire song is spirit filling. 

The song producer, Samuel Ababio Yeboah of X-Tee Muzik Lab did a great job on this project.

“Conqueror” is a must-listen song and already looks a strong contender for Best Reggae and Gospel Song of the Year, locally and internationally.

I rate the song 90%.

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The writer is with the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi.
He is a Creative Arts Director, Playwright & Critic.
Email: ej.peprahmensah@gmail.com

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Emeli Sandé Unveils New Song and Music Video, ‘Brighter Days’

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Internationally-renowned British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé returns with a brand-new song, the uplifting “Brighter Days,” and its accompanying video, available to stream and download now via Chrysalis Records.

Speaking of the new single, Emeli reveals: “‘Brighter Days’ is inspired by the truth that even in the darkest moments, there is always hope. We might have to dig deeper to feel it, but hope is always there. Staying anchored in hope and faith is our victory and defeat only comes when we lose sight of this power. ‘Brighter Days’ is an affirmation – it’s a reminder of our collective power to make a choice and create our reality.”

“The power of the collective mind is remarkable, and I believe that no matter the external circumstances forced upon us, we have dominion over the mind and spirit. Brighter days are coming. Stepping out of the darkness is within our control. Fear is not ours; pessimism does not belong to us; defeat is not our choice. We choose brighter days, and this song is the voice of hope, faith and love.”

“Brighter Days” is out everywhere now

Brighter Days” follows the singles Look What You’ve Done” and Family” – Emeli’s triumphant first tastes of fresh music in two years, introducing a new era, which she describes as “an ode to resilience, rebirth, and renewal”, as well as recent collaborations with UK rap and grime giants including Bugzy Malone’s ‘Welcome to the Hood’ and Ghetts’ ‘Sonya’, featured on his Mercury Prize-nominated record Conflict of Interest. Other collaborations that span Emeli’s career include Kendrick Lamar, Giggs, Loski, Wretch 32, Wiley, Jools Holland, Nile Rodgers and many more.

Last month saw the release of ‘Acoustic,’ featuring two new, stripped-back versions of “Look What You’ve Done” and “Family,” beautifully showcasing the emotional and honest songwriting she has become known for. ‘Acoustic’ arrived alongside a video for “Look What You’ve Done (Acoustic Version)”, which finds Emeli performing the song solo at the piano, where the self-produced song began to take shape.

Listen to Emeli Sandé’s ‘Acoustic’ HERE. Watch the video for “Look What You’ve Done (Acoustic Version)” HERE.

Stay tuned for new music and announcements from Emeli Sandé coming soon.

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Listen UP: Sadiq Technic feat. Mega Mix – Ogadima

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Abubakar Sadiq Popularly known as Technic ,Your favorite afro pop-music star finally set to release first official single from his long-awaited EP Album ? That’s a big question for fans of everyone from Ghana to Nigeria and across Africa.
The pined-for album—a perennial problem for music listeners—is evolving in the era of streaming. Today, most artists pump out music frequently to stay in the public consciousness, industry analysts say, yet music’s biggest stars have been stingier about major releases in recent years.
Here are seven tracks EP  that would blow your mind away with new vibes  in 2022—
The waiting longer jam titles OGADIMA  is set to be release on 5th January on all music streaming platforms and also it video will be premiere on same day on major entertainment channels across Africa and beyond
Technic promises his fans and music lovers nothing but the best in 2022
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MrrrDaisy Announces New Single “Hunny” Featuring Kudjoe Daze

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In the wake of a fantastic start to the year, which included a new single featuring one of Ghana’s most talented male singers Kudjoe Daze. MrrrDaisy is back with a brand new track to kick off the New Year with. Aiming to promote undiscovered talents, the renowned award-winning blogger and publicist began working with a select group of musicians in 2021, during which time he produced his debut song, “The One,” which featured Jessy Gh, perhaps Ghana’s greatest rapper from the Volta Region, and was certified platinum as a result of the endeavour. This worldwide approval has resulted in the song’s airing on BBC Radio Nottingham, Amazing Radio UK and the United States, as well as on Wigwam radio in the United Kingdom. To cap it all, the song has garnered over 200,000 streams across a variety of different digital platforms.

This feature also provided him and his business with an endless number of possibilities as a result of it. The list of noteworthy clientele included Newton Faulkner, British pair Ferris & Sylvester, North London artist Biyi, who is also a rugby union player, Indonesian yoga queen Wai Lana, Aliana Lohan, Miraa May, Jessica Braithwaite, Sam Tompkins, Da Beatfreakz, Bomberjak, Demarco, and many more.

Hunny is an afro-fusion song that narrates the narrative of a young guy who falls in love with a girl who is out of his grasp since she is from another country. The artist seeks to regain the adoration and affection he has lost from his ex-girlfriend by his actions and words, while also revealing his underlying desire for her through his work. Three different dialects of English, Pidgin English, and Ewe are all spoken and written in the course of three minutes and eleven seconds (a local Ghanaian language).

 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/586xxYL5TJGp5e42ksf0bA?si=c028b0b718bb4db8

Apple Music: https://geo.music.apple.com/gb/album/_/1599958881?i=1599958882&mt=1&app=music&ls=1

Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/mrrrdaisy/song/hunny-feat-kudjoe-daze

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Listen UP: Mayuni releases “Baawu” Single

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Mayuni is a young Ghanaian musician who’s musical prowess has embedded his name in the hearts of Ghanaians. Mayuni after startling music lovers with Shika featuring Tashie Boy is out with a brand new one, “ Baawo” . (more…)

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Black Sherif featured on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio – The Ones To Watch 2022 Special

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This Week’s Episode Features a Special Showcase of Africa’s Most Exciting Rising Stars of 2022

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, January 9th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1

Ones To Watch 2022 Special
To kick off the year, LootLove hosts the Africa Now Radio: Ones To Watch 2022special, showcasing Africa’s most exciting rising stars. This week’s cover features South African Afropop singer-songwriter Nomfundo Moh; Kenyan Afropop singer-songwriter Chris Kaiga; Ghanaian rapper Black Sherif; and Nigerian singer-songwriter Fave.

Best New Artists
LootLove continues her cross-continental tour of artists to watch in 2022, featuring music from Victony; Dai Verse; and AV (West Africa); Maandy (East Africa); Money Badoo & Ricky Tyler; and Lloyiso (South Africa); and Ivorian-American singer, Chrystel (Francophone Africa).

Up and Up!
LootLove previews some fresh new album and EP releases to look out for in 2022 from CKay, Omah Lay, Basketmouth, Rema, and Kudz.

LootLoves

Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. For 2022, LootLove’s artist to watch is South African amapiano star Young Stunna, and this week’s show features his single, “Adiwele (feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa),” from Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist. Listen HERE—and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist,HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, January 9th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 atapple.co/_AfricaNow.

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Yayo Star Unveils Smash New Hit Single “Mulla”

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Yayo Star the reborn Togolese star is off to a flying start in 2022 with this smashing new single titled ‘Mulla”. This Amanpiano tune is a guaranteed party rocker, and the fans would love this one. Listen here

 

There’s a twinkle in his eyes when he talks about his music conveying a passion undescribed. Step into the world of Yawo Amouzouvi , a young Togolese talent with bristling potentials and a talent uniquely different. Born on September 21, the artist popularly called Yayo Star grew up in Texas where he began his musical career from a young age by miming songs of international stars in honing his talents. In 2018, he synced up with a like mind, another Togolese talent Momo Izi with whom he formed a tag team IZI gang hence his nickname Yayo Izi.

 

The duo launched their first project together in 2018 and that marked the beginning of a professional music career. They released two projects ‘Mbappe’ and ‘Area Mbappe” in September 2018.  The advent of the Covid 19 pandemic slowed down the group and although they were working on new music, most of it was not released due to the landscape not being good then. The duo came back in full forced after with the project ‘Astalavia’ and followed it up with the smash hit ‘Ma Belle Vie’.

 

2021 marked the start of a solo career for Yayo Izi now rebranded as Yayo Star, he dropped his first solo project titled ‘Avoude’, which has become a national anthem in his home country of Togo. The bars and clubs in Lomé, the Capital stay jamming the track and a large audience demanded his presence. He eventually went home to Togo to honor their call and he performed at shows and bars to the delight of his new fans. Yayo Izi is set to blow up the music landscape with some hit new releases that he has been working on. This young and ambitious artist is gradually evolving to the forefront and his talents cannot be questioned. He launched his ‘Essougbo” project on August 28ththis year and the visuals are set follow soon.
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