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See it First: M.anifest – Blue (Chale what dey happen)

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manifestGhanaian superstar rapper M.anifest has released a new video for the single “Blue (Chale what dey happen).” The video which was shot on location in Saltpond and Accra tells a story of longing and nostalgia inspired by living away from home. The video shows M.anifest in soliloquy whiles his mind travels to many childhood memories that remind him of home. From longing for kelewele, beans, gari (foods readily available on the streets of Accra) to girls shaking their “wele,” “Blue” shows a man journeying through time, torn between melancholy and fond remembrance. 

“Blue” (Chale what dey happen) is also a throwback to M.anifest’s adolescent years but perhaps more importantly a historical document of the cultural shifts that hiplife/ rap spawned in the 90s. In the 3rd verse you hear and see images that serve as a reflection on the beginnings of a new wave of contemporary Ghanaian pop/hiplife music.
The video was filmed and directed by WA Productions (Nigeria/Minneapolis) and edited by LOVECINÉ FILMS (South Africa) The song was produced by M.anifest’s longtime collaborator G Mo, who also produced the rapper’s latest single ‘Gh Baby’ featuring E.L & Efya. Blue (Chale What Dey Happen) is available on M.anifest’s latest album “Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America” currently in stores and on itunes.
Blue Lyrics
hook
Chale what dey happen, mek I tell you sometin
Sometin dey my inside, e dey mek I weak e dey mek i… high
I get high of this crazy blues
I’m so high of this crazy blues
Verse one
I got dirty feet that I tap on this dirty beat
Many men never heard of me
But certainly if they follow my trajectory they would find that I’m royalty
And the younger me wants to climb on a mango tree
And I miss me being free
And I miss me eating that kelewele girls shaking their wele right in front of me
And I miss me walking barefooted and innocent
Talking pidgin, Ghanaian citizen
Pounding of fufu I miss the beat
And I miss them calling me dadabe ehhh
Home is where my heart is
Torn from home could be so heartless
Visual memoirs of a travelling artist
Case of the blues I got it the baddest
hook
Chale what dey happen, mek I tell you sometin
Sometin dey my inside, e dey mek I weak e dey mek i… high
I get high of this crazy blues
I’m so high of this crazy blues
Verse two
Gari, korkor and beans
these are the things that I see in my dreams
Abi u know sey my eye red
e ky3r waa since I last chop tea bread
Palm wine sok plus calabash
I mek fine, everything be straight cash
One time four corners mek we bash
Kyenesa, obey-the-wind ahhhh
Ewurade Nyankopon ponpiponpipon
That’s the sound of the horn we turn it on
Everything done changed since I’ve been gone
But still all the same for right or wrong
Kokrokoo the crack of dawn
Ei lampoon that’s taxes eh
Blues for home I feel today
Feeing great but high
Hook
Chale what dey happen, mek I tell you sometin
Sometin dey my inside, e dey mek I weak e dey mek i… high
I get high of this crazy blues
I’m so high of this crazy blues
Verse three: I grew up hearing Tic-Tac, Buk Bak, Reggie Rock
Obrafour Rap sofour, DJ Rab
Soul Sis Naa Adjorkor, Woodman
Bushke, Groove FM, Mr Black
VIP, What up to Promzy
Nana King, Cy Lover,  Sammy B
Back then Talking Drums Kwaku-T
Funkstone’s first name was freddy
(Julz), Vibe café, Me Baza and Sammy-T
Now he’s scientific and he’s Blitz see
Lord Kenya, Nananom, Chicago
Before Kwadee there was Ex-Doe
M3nsa was Shine from Lifeline
KG & PM, Hammer Time
Abrewa Nana one of a kind
 Nostalgia, thought I’d put it in rhyme
hook
Chale what dey happen, mek I tell you sometin
Sometin dey my inside, e dey mek I weak e dey mek i… high
I get high of this crazy blues
I’m so high of this crazy blues
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