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SriBuO Release for the week – Tic Tac – Accra Connection

Beware of dogs … watch your buttos!! Those are the words of advice we would like to caution you with as we journey through Tic Tac’s Accra Connection from the camp of TN Records. Tic Tac starts off the album with a conventional Hiplife track “Yaa”. This song, featuring Jeho, cautions women against Ghanaian men […]

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Beware of dogs … watch your buttos!! Those are the words of advice we would like to caution you with as we journey through Tic Tac’s Accra Connection from the camp of TN Records. Tic Tac starts off the album with a conventional Hiplife track “Yaa”. This song, featuring Jeho, cautions women against Ghanaian men philanderers. “Beware of dogs” follows next. If you are familiar with Tic Tac’s music then you will know that this song was a real big hit in Ghana during its release. The catchy chorus – “Beware of dogs, watch your buttos” speaks for itself. Was Tic Tac  actually referring to real dogs or is there some metaphorical message hidden in this song? 

“U go see your mother kantonaakpo (nob of a knee)” goes the chorus of the next interesting track on the album. The song is a general social commentary on life in Accra and Ghana. Again, Tic Tac artfully blurs the line between hidden metaphor and light-hearted fun lyrics. Mr. “Hweekosin” a track from one of Tic Tac’s older albums is also featured on this album. Mr. “Hweekosin” is a pedophile who uses “a mysterious strategy” of luring small girls with “candy and toffee” in order to get into bed with them. Tic Tac and Shadow ask Mr. Hweekosin to not touch the little ones … lest they get wounded!

“Kangaroo” featuring Batman follows next on the album. Eii bra Tic,  first you had us running away from your dogs … now we are jumping as high as kangaroos. I’m guessing if you can jump that high then you don’t need to watch your buttos because the dog chasing you will never be able to reach it. On a more serious note though, this song simply cautions all PhDs (Pull Him Downs in local parlance) who don’t want to see their fellow men succeed. Tic Tac simply asserts that he is blessed and so all his naysayers should just chock it and watch him jump as high as he can go … like the son of a kangaroo.

“Giggy giggy giggy bambam”; that is the sound of Tic Tac’s heart when he is with his woman. This song is a good exercise in assonance and the lyrics, percussion, Tony Tetuila’s (who features on this track) Twi singing … all go “giggy giggy giggy bambam”. It will definitely set you on fire on your seat after one listen. After collaborating with an artiste from Nigeria, Tic Tac borrows some sweet sounding Tabla beats from India on his track “U r da only one” which features Rhian Benson. It is always good and refreshing to see Ghanaian musicians finding creative ways to incorporate other genres into their music without losing the Ghanaianness from their songs. Tic Tac also gives shout outs to the various townships in Accra at the end of this song.

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“Kanzo” gives a picturesque description of Tic Tac’s favorite meal and how his day is not complete without some “Kanzo”. Being a lover of kanzo myself, I can relate to his love for it. In case you are wondering what kanzo is … check out paragraph 5 of www.maameous.com/2008/08/on-being-ghanaian-i-invitation-to-meals.html or you can get a more abridged version from www.ghanacommunity.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=765 . Of course, by referring to liking something “at the bottom”, one wonders if this Kanzo track is another of Tic Tac’s hidden metaphor songs. Shameless plug: Kanzo is definitely one of my favorites from this album.

Tic Tac takes another trip, this time to South America in his remix of the “Beware of Dogs” track. The song is re-rendered in steady reggaeton beat that you can definitely shake your waist and buttos to whilst you watching for the dogs. Kwaw Kese raps in Fante nicely on this song. Tic Tac’s final track on the album is a lovely collaboration with Freddie Meiway from Cote D’Ivoire. “Wope” again blends two music genres from different countries into a single sublime mix. Definitely well worth the listen.

After a thorough listen to this album, its title of “Accra Connection” now makes sense. Tic Tac has done an excellent job of mixing music from Nigeria, India, South America, Ivory Coast and other countries with Ghanaian hiplife. This album does so without losing the core Ghanaianness of the songs. If you are looking for world music with Ghanaian roots, this is definitely the album for you.

http://sribuo.com/2010/07/10/music/tic-tac-accra-connection

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Bofoakwa Tano faces Nsoatreman FC in 2024 MTN FA Cup final

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The final match of this season’s MTN FA Cup has been confirmed to be held at the University of Ghana Stadium in Legon on Sunday, June 23rd. (more…)

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Devastating fire destroys wooden structures at Circle ECOMOG

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Scores of wooden structures at Circle ECOMOG in the Greater Accra region have been completely razed by a devastating fire. (more…)

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NHIS begins free 6-month dialysis support programme

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Starting June 1, 2024, through December 2024, individuals who are under 18 and over 60 years of age and suffering from kidney diseases will be eligible for eight free dialysis sessions monthly, this is according to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). (more…)

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Ghana’s Rising Star 8LYF Set to Drop New Single “Feel Home” on June 7

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Fast-rising Ghanaian musician 8LYF is gearing up to release his latest single, “Feel Home,” produced by the renowned Tubani Music. This track, a masterful blend of dancehall and Afro-fusion, is poised to make a significant impact on the music scene. The release, backed by his label IB Records, is scheduled for June 7, 2024, and promises to showcase 8LYF’s exceptional talent and versatility.

8LYF’s passion for music ignited at a very young age on the streets of Teshie Nungua, Accra, where his talent quickly garnered attention and admiration. Performing at local shows and impromptu street sessions, he became a beloved figure in his community, captivating audiences with his dynamic performances and raw talent.

Known for his versatility, 8LYF effortlessly merges different genres, creating a unique sound that sets him apart from his peers. But his talents don’t stop at music; he’s also recognized for his high fashion sense and stylish personality, making him a trendsetter both on and off the stage.

 
Ghana’s Rising Star 8LYF Set to Drop New Single "Feel Home" on June 7

Ghana’s Rising Star 8LYF Set to Drop New Single “Feel Home” on June 7

“Feel Home” is more than just a song; it’s a narrative that delves into the struggles and betrayals faced by a young soul. Through its poignant lyrics and compelling rhythm, the track offers a message of resilience and finding peace amidst chaos. It’s a song that encourages listeners to find solace within themselves and truly “feel home” no matter the challenges they face.

Those who have come into contact with 8LYF, whether through his music or personally, have hailed him as the future of Ghanaian music. His ability to connect with audiences and his unwavering dedication to his craft signal a bright future ahead.

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As the release date for “Feel Home” approaches, anticipation is building. Fans and newcomers alike are eagerly waiting to experience the latest from this multifaceted artist. With the support of IB Records, his exceptional talent, and distinctive style, 8LYF is undoubtedly set to leave an indelible mark on the music industry. Keep an eye on this rising star as he continues to elevate Ghanaian music to new heights.

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“COVID-19” inspired my “Aseda”single – Michael K. Okyere recounts

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Versatile musician Michael K. Okyere has recently released a single titled “Aseda,” which was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. The article explores the meaning behind the song and how Okyere found inspiration during this challenging time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably affected people’s lives across the globe. From the devastating loss of lives to the economic downturn, it has created an unprecedented situation for everyone. However, amid the chaos and uncertainty, many individuals have found solace and inspiration in unlikely places.

One such person is Michael K. Okyere, a talented and versatile musician known for his ability to captivate audiences with his unique fusion of various music genres. When the pandemic struck, Okyere found himself reflecting on the prevailing circumstances and sought a way to channel his emotions into his art.

The result was the creation of his latest single, “Aseda,” which means “thanks” in the Akan language spoken in Ghana, Okyere’s home country. The song serves as a tribute to the resilience and gratitude of individuals during these challenging times.

Okyere shares that “Aseda” was born out of his desire to express his deep appreciation for life and the strength of the human spirit. He witnessed people coming together, supporting each other, and finding joy in the simplest of things despite the hardships they faced. The song aims to inspire listeners to focus on gratitude and appreciate the little things that often go unnoticed.

The upbeat and catchy melody of “Aseda” mirrors the message of hope and positivity that Okyere intends to convey. By merging traditional Ghanaian rhythms with contemporary sounds, he manages to create a musical fusion that resonates with a wide audience. The song’s infectious energy invites listeners to immerse themselves in the celebration of life and their ability to overcome adversity.

While the pandemic has presented numerous challenges for musicians and artists, Okyere has channeled his creativity into creating meaningful and inspiring content. He believes that music has the power to uplift souls and connect people, even in the toughest of times.

Through “Aseda,” Michael K. Okyere hopes to remind listeners that amidst the chaos and uncertainty, there is still much to be grateful for. The song serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of gratitude in finding solace and joy even in challenging circumstances.

As an artiste, his ability to find inspiration in difficult times demonstrates his dedication to his craft and his commitment to spreading positivity through music. “Aseda” is a testament to his versatility and talent, showcasing his ability to merge different musical styles to create a vibrant and captivating masterpiece.

Enjoy the song below

https://youtu.be/vInPF-NKMic?si=mFS0mfw8CAX0YEtd

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Pizza Inn the Bridge at Adjiriganor is giving free Pizza Pies this Christmas season

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