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Okyeame Kwame details elements of a good song



Ghanaian Hiplife musician and songwriter, Okyeame Kwame has revealed that writing a very good song is not restricted to any particular duration but the key elements present in the song.

According to the ‘Rap Dacta,’ all that matters is having the inspiration and thoughts well pieced to put out a good song.

Speaking on Joy entertainment, Okyeame Kwame disclosed that it takes some qualities and key elements to produce a very good song.


‘‘When we say a song is a good song, written song, it means it has three key elements, one, the poetry in the song is alive, so the literary devices and then two, the theme of the whole conceptualization and the styling is art and three, the solid experience, when I say that I mean the element of the instrumentation that must go with the theme and the art in the lyrical writing also are lines, it has the rhythm, it has the rising, it has the peak and then it declines. And at a point a song follows the pattern of a conversation and that when the artist shout, the whole music shouts as well, it means the whole orchestration from lyricism to instrumentation to the selection of the cultural experience, everything comes together to tell one story, that is a song that has been written well,’’ he explained.

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Okyeame Kwame further spoke about the duration a good song should take.

‘‘You cannot put a number on it, sometimes you’ll be walking and a good song is falling into your head, and sometimes you have to sit down and be intentional about writing a song, let me pitch in something, so a song of mine that won song writer of the year was ‘ye fre me sika’ that won song writer of the year, it took me a long time to write that song, I did research  to find about the history of money, the relationship between money and love, money and people, money and country, money and war, I did a proper research on that song and I gave it to Zack Marlet who stylized it and it became ‘ye fre me sika’ that won song writer of the year at the VGMA. When you listen to some of Kofi Kinaata’s song, the orchestration is in line and also when you listen to Akwaboah’s songs and Daddy Lumba’s ‘yentie obiaa’. When we say a song is well written, it means that the selection of the poetry and musical elements speaks the same language, it is consistent and it has a clear direction to achieve a certain result,’’ he added.


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