IN HONOUR OF KWAME NKRUMAH BY BLAKK RASTA


kwame nSalaga soldier, historian and African rebel, Blakk Rasta has offered visuals for his Kwame Nkrumah song done in memory of Africa’s greatest man of the modern era.

Kwame Nkrumah’, released on the 16 track ‘Born Dread’ album further indicates where Blakk’s heart lies regarding the content of his music.

With a beautiful chorus: //Kwame Nkrumah ei why did you leave so soon…I & I miss you so…when me a go see you again o// the song easily warms its way into the heart.

nkFor folks who know little about Francis Nwia-Kofi Ngoloma born to Kofi Ngoloma and madam Nyaniba who became Leader of Government Business, Prime Minister and President this music sheds some light.

Extolling the virtues of Nkrumah, Blakk Rasta explains; when others were not in step with the times and slumbered, Nkrumah abhorred imperialism, nepotism, ‘nyafunyafu didiism’ adding that despite the forces arrayed against the Nzema native he still fought gallantly and secured vital victories for Ghana and other oppressed states.

nk memoOften, people talk about Nkrumah’s vision but what stood him in good stead was his honesty to his people in the face of baits, enticements and threats.  “Nkrumah, you loved Africa so much that you never looted any booty from the motherland” the man voted thrice in a row as the Reggae Radio Show Host of the Year by the Ghana Radio and TV awards noted.

As a man steeped in tradition and as one who respects the elderly and venerates the dead, it’s no wonder that the 41 year old born to  Samuel Abu Awudu Kumburwah and  Adeline Fuseina Adam has paid homage to gurus like Gadhafi and Ken Sarowiwa but for one as monumental and credited for inspiring a generation of freedom fighters, the brain behind crack albums such as Rasta Shrine, More Fyah, Ganja Minister and Ancestral Moonsplash believes it is time to pacify the spirit of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the direct descendant of Nzemaland.

akc4The backing vocalists do a great joy in lifting the tune so does the ‘Akesifuo’ member who executed his part brilliantly.

blakk n kidsThe nature scenes add greenery to the video, having his children on the boat ride with him was warm, while the lovely models bring a shine only charming damsels with panache can bring.  The still photos of Nkrumah undertaking various engagements is welcome but as with soup this video could have been richer.

Despite being a vegetarian (no meat, fish, eggs, white sugar, flour, salt) doing the research to add footages of some of Nkrumah’s projects i.e. Tema motorway, planned communities, vehicle assembly plant and their current states, Osagyefo’s time in Guinea, his funeral, cover shots of his various books, his family photos etc. could have offered viewers variety they would have been thankful for.

Going forward, the Dub poet could provide information so consumers can know the outfit or brain behind his recent videos which offer viewers no information by way of producer.

blakk boatFreedom is a precious commodity and it appears Blakk is seizing the opportunity to wrap up videos for his tunes, record new tunes, go on tours, do some writing and spend quality time with the family. it remains to be seen which media outlet would be willing to offer him the platform and ‘free hand’ to unleash his gifts on the capital.

Consume ‘Kwame Nkrumah’ by Blakk Rasta:

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NEW MUSIC: 2TIGHT EMERGES WITH ‘BOYS BEDIDI’ & ‘SOCIAL NETWORK’ SINGLES


2TIGHT BOYSLife for any start-up can be bruising and the duo known as 2Tight comprising Benjamin Okyere a.k.a Figaro and David Quarcoo easily identified as Bra Skraches isn’t any different but scaling the hurdles the young chaps have offered two new singles for fans to consume.

‘Boys Bedidi’ produced by Dr. Ray opens with proverbs such as ‘when in torn clothing one ought not to engage in games which could easily expose one’s nakedness’. Skraches observes that when one perseveres and endeavors, he deserves to be assisted but folks are killing the dreams of the youth adding even when guys hustle and keep on their grind, the system crushes their efforts.

The chorus however offers some hope with the lines boys shall eat//girls shall eat//everyone shall eat.

Figaro offers crisp singing encouraging folks to keep the faith adding even when his cup is empty he shall praise the supreme divine. The two chaps further declare war on evil schemes of relations and acquaintances while urging folks to be industrious.

2 Tight’s second single ‘Social Network’ also produced by Dr. Ray speaks to the issue of long distance relationship challenges. Bearing a ragga flavour, Skraches talks about a lover who has sojourned to another land but whose absence is causing much inconvenience.

Skraches explains even though he sees pictures of his love on social media platforms such as skype, facebook and twitter amidst frequent chats and talk; as a man, there are things pictures and talk cannot do except the real deal is felt which the ‘young fellow’ eagerly awaits.

Figaro comes in  urging his love to return as sleeping alone is taking a toll adding that even birds who cover large spaces return to their roots.

Having a vocalist in Figaro and a rapper in Bra Skraches, the two combine sweetly to offer something music fans can consume without side effect. Having known each other since their Senior Secondary school days, the mates performed individually at school shows and other such avenues till a chance collaboration proved fruitful having been received well by the fans.

“Even though we realized that we had a future as a duo, securing a manager to book studio section proved difficult. We nearly went our separate ways but the fans urged us on till Tema based Ebo Taylor of TAYLOR MUSIQ RECORDZ heard a demo of ours being played in the studio we had just done the piece. When the engineer advised we master the song since the content was solid, a friend of his pledged to manage us and the rest as they say is history.” Bra Skraches recalled.

Having bias for afro pop, hiplife and dancehall music, the duo’s vision is to enhance the offerings in the Ghanaian music industry with emphasis on portraying Ghana’s culture and values to the globe.

Artist Figaro and Bra Skraches look up to include Bob Marley, Sarkodie, Obrafour, R2Bees, Flavour and EL.

This is a bold outing from the Tema based lads. With hard work and more tunes 2Tight can make a living off music and become the music ambassadors they so keenly wish for.

Folks can reach them on Twitter: @2tightgh & Facebook: 2tight Gh.

Enjoy 2tight’s tunes:

http://www.hulkshare.com/2tightmusik

BLAKK RASTA AND HIS ‘SERWAA AKOTO’ LOVE


blakk serwaaLegend has it that the Serwaa Akoto that highlife icon P.K Yamoah sung about was a real life figure whose beauty enchanted many healthy males despite being shy and coy by nature.

And as if one music great singing about her beauty and virtues was not enough some 40 years ago, reggae presenter and Pan Africanist Blakk Rasta has offered visuals for the rendition of the song done in the ‘kuchoko’ vein.

Even as eager and fans await the announcement by the tough musician about his next employer and destination having parted ways with Accra based Hitz FM, he perhaps hopes to appease the fans with the video of the song offered some moons ago.

‘Serwaa Akoto’ pre-produced by Wazumbi and mastered by the ageless Zapp Mallet in his Title Track studio comes to life thanks to the crisp singing offered by the backing vocalist and sublime submission poured forth by Yaw Bayereba.

Unlike some damsels who are eye pleasing but lack substance, Serwaa Akoto’s talk is likened to calm water whereupon it is made clear that should all women possess the attributes of Akoto life would have been bearable for all.

blakk 3We are also informed that Serwaa’s poise is disarming as is her faultless and decent ways. Never one to play dull, having discovered Serwaa’s unique attributes, Yaw Bayereba pens a passionate letter to Serwaa to woo her indicating that he just can’t continue existing without her love.

Blakk Rasta does well in being able to start on a mellow note before raising the tempo cautiously while not distorting the flow.

blakk 1The video for the Serwaa Akoto tune makes for interesting viewing. The native clothes possessing different styles and patterns add colour as does the community scenes interspersed with forest shots and indigenous games such as ‘ampe’.

In order for the community scenes not to be overdone, studio shots are woven in the sequence to offer variety as did the Marina Mall shot.

blakk 2This is another bold outing for the kuchoko legend. Certainly this is not a ‘kpesh-kpesh’ tune rather a soothing one to savour and relish in with a lover.

Blakk Rasta’s previous albums include Rasta Shrine (2000), More Fyah (2002), Ganja Minister (2004), Natty Bongo (2006), Naked Wire (2008), Voice of the Afrikan Rebel (2009) and Born Dread (2011).

Enjoy the original piece by Yamoah and then Blakk Rasta’s rendition:

Yamoah’s ‘Serwaa Akoto’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcgQC9SyhHQ&feature=player_detailpage

Blakk Rasta’s ‘Serwaa Akoto’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uc-_qyLV1g&feature=player_detailpage

Meet C-Real: the hip-hopper and Em.CEO


creal2Long before Pappy Kojo emerged with the realer-nu tag, there was C-Real the hip-hopper and em-CEO. Hip-hopper because that is the music genre he opts for and em-CEO because he aside rapping operates Osu based Mixdown studios which undertakes music production and execution of jingles for clients including Accra Brewery, Fidelity Bank, Tigo among others.

C-REALAlthough he might not be a household name, C¬-Real, birth name Cyril¬ Alex Gockel is a creative force and one who won’t let his gifts be caged. He is a Hip¬hop recording artist, voice-over artist, copy writer, entertainer, writer, poet and record producer. Even though being a hiphop artist in Ghana can be tough, C-Real believes he has made inroads given the genre he champions and use of English as his chief medium of expression on his tracks.

c-real2Underlying his genius and lyrical mastery, he won the Ghanaian edition of the Channel O Sprite Emcee Africa talent show in 2009, placing second at the continental finals.

On his em-CEO album, Real reveals his multiple sides. On the ‘Radio’ track, Real indicates that he can leave folks shocked more than tragedy and very much at ease to employ words to great effect, he adds “I stay spitting sick but I never call an ambulance….hit you with a cool rock like an avalanche.”

He urges fans to listen to the realest show on the radio as he tires not seeking for better days despite sharks tiptoeing.

On ‘It’s a rap’; the em-CEO informs that hiphop comes straight from his core. Real blends impeccable English with Pidgin English to great effect indicating that he seeks to put Ghana on the map. He declares that he is a lyricist and once there is a beat be it ‘azonto’ or hiphop he was bound to deliver.

He rams into rappers who laze around not undertaking their 3rd verses stating that there is a reason why he dazzles and amazes anytime he mounts the stage.

C-Real shows his soft side on ‘Chill with me’ featuring Chase. The Mixdown boss notes that although he newly met his lady love they can’t stay separated stressing that there would be goodies as long as the love remains pure.

J-town features on em-CEO where Real mentions that haters are on his tail like the CID but he’s got shades so pays them no heed even as fans continue to scream em-CEO

On D.T.A which features EL, C-Real sprinkles doses of local languages Twi and Ga on the track as EL provides smooth as ice performance.

‘Kneel, pray, rise, conquer’ sheds light on C-Real’s poetic side. Acknowledging the presence of a supreme being Real offers a stirring performance:
I pray, I kneel, I rise- I conquer
I need to feel this pain- no longer
He’s been my saving grace-no wonder
I live to see this day
I pray, I rise- I conquer
Believe his ways are hard- to ponder
Believe the faith will guide the one that kneels to pray and rise- I dey conquer

Pouring his heart out, Real acknowledges that he’s had misplaced priorities putting premium on smoking, drinking, acquiring blinks and rims just to get another fling but now seeks those who love him honestly and earnestly as he is tired of the war, fights and bloodshed.

project hihopNo hiphop artist would be worth his salt without a mixtape so Real in partnership with EL outdoored the Project Hiphop mixtape. It boasts of some tight tracks but ‘Wosop’ is a must listen to.

Mastering to mentally handle stress effectively the Project Hiphop Mixtape 2 soon followed and ‘Vantage Point’ featuring Stargo, Kojo Cue, Shaker, Gemini and EL is one for keeps.

c-real reigningRealizing that life was a blessing with many lessons, the Reigning Season mixtape was offered and on it, C-Real used the ‘It’s over’ track to address certain pertinent issues in the industry. According to Real, the industry is asleep, coiled up in the sheet with no idea of what really is going on in the streets contending that promoters try to get smart by scheming.

“Our music ain’t evolving, our lyrics ain’t involving, what we do is to celebrate mediocrity, mediocre recordings, miming and stand on stage doing the same thing and wonder why the fans ain’t amazed” he adds.

Real laments that while music folks in Ghana attempt to compare our music to the Nigerians, CD sales have fallen pitifully but since hiphop is on his shoulders and born to be a soldier, it ain’t over till it’s all over.

The ‘Opeimu’ hitmaker observes: “They say hiphop no get future, doug hiphop producers, do some azonto lets booze and dance but they listen to Jay Z, Drake, Lil Wayne and Birdman.”

creal3On ‘Ayeeko’ C-Real touches on hardships in the system while applauding the industrious and ethical ones. He lambasts greedy relations, dishonest preachers, decries the high unemployment being experienced, corrupt practices and individual lapses while urging citizens to be patriots. He further decries improper waste disposal leading to the twin tragedy of the fire-floods on June 3.

One of the leading hiphop proponents in the country has some good videos to his credit. On ‘Opeimu’ featuring Manifest, Director Nana Kofi Asante with his NKACC unit do a decent job by capturing simple citizens engaged in their routine be it the barber, roasted plantain seller, fufu and soup provider, coconut seller or mechanics.

The video has a Gold Coast feel and the choice of the Republic Bar is most appropriate as photos of iconic statesmen including Nkrumah is captured. C-Real and Manifest do justice to the track and video.

On one of his greatest hits, features EL on ‘Hewale’ initially titled ‘Through the fire’. Director Pascal AKA opens the visual with an open space with men of fire beholding fire cans and a magician eating fire. Amid bonfires C-Real let it be known that even though he’s passed through fire he is still here. EL shows his class and does justice to his inclusion on the track with sublime singing.

The hustle guy scene involving C-Real in shorts and singlet pulling a truck and eventually discovering a buried microphone after digging makes for captivating viewing with crisp day shots, efficient night shots and appealing silhouette scenes.

MixDOWN Studios‘In shine’, C-Real plays the part of a captured rebel who is whipped and publicly embarrassed to deter others from emulating him. Mixdown studio, Dreamweaver Entertainment and M.O.N.K films collaborate on this one. Panned shots involving Jamestown and the ocean are impressive.

Utilizing the disused fort/dungeon effectively a masked man who has the fate of Real the captured rebel in his hands orders that he be dished some beatings. Masked bulky men and fierce ladies play their part as chains are shackled to the ankles and hands of the rebel.

Real states his case: “Different mc, the kind that sees the future, the kind which respects producers, the kind you are not used to” he asserts. Naa Kwarkor provides support with her soulful singing.

According to C-Real he favours working with producers/artists such as Meek Mill, Rems, Jtown, EL, Dreed, Magnum and Slimbo because they appreciate his style while mentioning Jay Z, Nas and J-Cole as folks whose work he respects outside Ghana.

The 30 something year old man who has numerous 4syte music video nominations to his name noted that having been in the game for 5 years he knows success breeds enemies but he is very much on guard and that in another 5 years his name shall become a household one. Folks better watch out.
Enjoy ‘Hewale’ from C-Real:

CULTURE THE THIRD FORCE IN REGGAE’S TRINITY


wailers2Evolving from its mento, ska, rock-steady days to reggae, this uniquely Jamaican creation has become a genre partaken off by millions all over the world and thanks to its continuous adaptation, the next 50 years will surely have reggae representation.

Desirous to have something Jamaican to call their own at independence in 1962 from Britain, the little islanders shifted from the fast and intense ska in the 60’s to the calm rock-steady which eventually grew into reggae.

wailersIn reggae is found funk, RnB, soul and when ready for consumption comes with a jazzy feel. Reggae’s foremost flag bearers were the ‘Wailing Wailers’ comprising Bob Nesta Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The group would stake a claim in the tough world of music and the hard to please Jamaican audience with their first hit ‘Simmer Down’ in 1964 and would go on to tour the globe and become a household name thanks to the numerous hit albums they offered.

selassieIn a tough and Europeanized world, Rastafarians remain one of few true Afrocentric black people who preached and continue to preach self reliance and self confidence. For Rastafarians Haile Emperor Selassie is their king and prophetic lord so with a growing consciousness, the Wailers’ founders fused their music with their new found faith.

bobWith Marley lacking a father figure in his youth, Selassie became his lord and master indicative of his messages and when on 21st April 1966, Selassie visited Jamaica on a state visit, Rastas could not believe their lack and when certain curious wonders unfolded, even the doubters including Rita Marley became converts. After Selassie’s visit, many Jamaicans who had suffered neglect and persecution looked up to Africa for inspiration.

peter bunnySadly all did not remain well with the trio of Bob, Peter and Bunny leading Bunny to leave the group earlier and after a tour in England due to pay disagreements and a believe that the group’s manager was out to rip the members off, Peter also brought his association with the group to an end.

bob3 ritaReggae’s chief ambassador however reconstituted the group with the I-threes and went on to achieve fame and success. Sadly however Bob Nesta Marley, the little youth from Trench town died on 11th May 1981 aged just 36. The claim was that cancer had infested the whole frame of Bob instigated by a sore received on the feet in a football match. bob fun2 bob funeral bob sick bob sick2

toshAfter 12 years as a background vocalist for the wailers, Peter ‘the rebel’ Tosh forged a solo career in the mid 70’s to impressive result. If Marley was the darling boy of reggae, Peter was certainly the rebel using his sounds to touch on pertinent issues such as the legalization of ganja, the need for justice and equal rights in society, the need for Africans to be proud of their ancestry and the need for apartheid to end in South Africa.

peter3Being a militant and unyielding, Tosh paid a hard price for his principles often brutally beaten by the police and on certain occasions left for dead. It was little wonder Tosh left music for about six years to battle his demons where he explained he kept seeing ‘duppies’ (ghost or evil spirits) since his home was haunted.

Ultimately Peter McIntosh would be killed at home when robbers came to loot. Despite financially supporting those who killed him because he knew them, they nonetheless expired him ending a truly intriguing life which begun in 1944 and ended in 1987.

After Bob who like an eagle spread the message of reggae to the ends of the world, it was Peter who ensured the survival of the genre with his militancy and at times humorous take on European names and practices such as calling Chris Blackwell (Whitewell).

Although reggae’s apostles abound including Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs, Marcia Griffiths, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Black Heritage, Morgan Heritage, Dennis Brown, Beenie man, Bunny Wailer, Yellow man, Luciano, Sizzla, Black Uhuru, Bounty Killer, U Roy, Lee Scratch Perry and the Toots & the Maytals, the third force in reggae’s trinity is deservedly Joseph Hill a.k.a Culture.

culture1Born on 22nd January 1949, Joseph Hill was the lead singer and songwriter for the roots reggae group Culture, most famous for their 1977 hit Two Sevens Clash, he would go on to record twenty-two albums underlying just how prolific he was.

Mr. Hill begun his career in the late 1960s as a percussionist then a deejay and then begun performing as a backing vocalist, leading to his singles ‘Behold the Land’ and ‘Take me Girl’ in the early 1970s.

culture groupHill formed Culture in 1976, quickly he and the band developed a reputation as a performing group after a performance at the ‘One Love Peace Concert’ in 1978 and soon begun regularly touring the United States, Europe and Africa. In recent years the group continued to perform at least one hundred concerts each year underlying their quality.

culture7 culture bigIf there ever was a man who sought to know Jah and serve him better, that man was Culture. Culture’s life and times makes for interesting observation. Here was someone who was conscious and kept reminding consumers of his work to be mindful of their actions and prepare themselves to render account to Jah upon death yet had a weakness for alcohol and smoking.

culture667That weakness as confirmed by widow, Mama Pauline led to liver cirrhosis as the cause of Culture’s death after years of heavy drinking and smoking.

culture57 culture71 culture333However Joseph Hill’s devotion to the traditional Rastafarian values of purity, simplicity and justice were clearly evident in his works and albums such as ‘Nuff Crisis’, ‘Cumbolo,’ and ‘Wings of a Dove’ set the standard for the ‘roots’ genre.

In ‘Addis Ababa’, Culture indicates that Africa remains the spiritual home of the Rasta faithful with king Selassie as king and even though an attempt was made by Benito Mussolini to take the Ark of the Covenant from Ethiopia and colonize its people, Jah people prevailed.

On ‘Behold’, the ‘Keeper of Zion Gate’ sounds the warning that having heard the voice from the most high above that he will hold each one accountable for his/her deeds, the hour had come to do just and respect and serve Jah as no tongue and faith shall be spared on the day of reckoning.

Displaying his love of history and hatred for the slave trade, man like Culture states that till this very day, the smell of blood from our elders can still be experienced at the Cape Coast dungeon in his ‘Cape Coast to Jah’ track. Delving deep into the history, culture notes that the brutality was without let or hindrance where our elders were given crude names and loaded unto slave ships to shores beyond adding that denying mothers/fathers a chance to hold their kids was a truly evil scheme.

‘No Night’ remains one of the Hill’s best tunes and on the track, the conscience of the nation informs…no night in Zion…King Rastafari is our light and we no need no other light…oppressor full of foulness, only knows how to make guns and ammunition…never know how to make good decision adding that the people continue to suffer because of the oppressor’s wrong decisions.

With election being a source of mayhem in many countries, Culture in his ‘Election’ track urges the youth and elders to drive the ‘politrician’ away as they steal from the people to build mansions and acquire assets at their expense. He does not spare the preacher men and catholic priest either.

In ‘Jah Rastafari’, Culture makes the case that wrong has held sway for too long and it was time to smash down Babylon gate and prepare the way for Jah people whiles urging the youth to put crime away and rather hold up righteousness.

‘Slice of Mount Zion’ sums up the Jamaican Reggae Walk of Fame inductee’s hope “… I pray to Jah earnestly to please let me live honestly, love my brother is all I need, need no riches just harmony.”

Being a herb man, Culture on ‘Get them Soft’ decries the use of hard substances and bemoans the loss of faculties folks addicted to cocaine experience with loss of use of limbs and personal hygiene thrown to the dogs.

Culture makes it clear on ‘Satan Company’ that those who rob and cheat the poor and black people are snipers and he certainly wants no part of them.

‘Why worry about them’ perhaps explains the prayerfulness of Mr. Hill. Culture wonders why Jah people worry about the evil ones when they can pray them off adding that even when forsaken by one’s dada and mama for no justifiable reason and persecuted for having dread locks, the fellow should hold on to Jah as he is the sovereign lord.

On earth troubling no one, non-political, no matter what is done remain blind and deaf passing through Babylon. The little possession I have is to help my brethren as its better to have a friend than need one. Lift up a brother than to put him down. Work till skin starts to strip yet goes about my duty. Prays for a day of peace and ‘inity’. These sentiments make up the ‘Humble African’ track.

The ‘Outcast’ track talks about Columbus who was never wanted and regarded in Italy and Spain and seeking to know how such a fellow reigned supreme in the West Indies perpetuating his mayhem on the people. Culture adds Columbus the thief came to rob gold as well as rape the sisters and daughters but even in death he shall account for his deeds.

On ‘Tribal War’ Culture, the Shock Bronze Medal recipient for music intimates that we don’t need tribal war, all that is needed is education, love and togetherness as tribal war can’t solve the problem. Loved globally, Culture’s influence in Africa especially in Sierra Leone and Liberia was phenomenal as people afflicted by war found comfort in his music.

culture n bob culture2 culture3 culture51Other treasures in the Culture’s music vault include (jah alone a Christian, lion rock, stop the fussing, want go see, pay day, peace, love and harmony, they never love in this time, one stone, I tried, Mr. sluggard and rastaman A come).

Culture kenyattaSadly Joseph Hill a.k.a Culture died after collapsing following a performance in Berlin on 19th August 2006. His son Kenyatta subsequently took over his role in Culture and through Kenyatta a piece of the Zion Gate Keeper remains with us.

Enjoy ‘Addis Ababa’ from Culture:

A PEEP AT SARKODIE’S ‘NEW GUY’


sarkEver since the Okoye brothers made up of twins Peter and Paul alongside their brother Jude caused a stir with their sublime collaboration with American hiphop boss Rick Ross on the remix of their ‘Beautiful Onyinye’ track and video, the race has been on as to which other Nigerian, Ghanaian or South African artist or group can catch another big American hip-hopper to work with.

In answering that call, D’Banj snooped for Snoop Dogg now Lion on his Mr. Endowed remix, Timaya secured the services of Sean Paul on his ‘Bum Bum’ remix as did Fuse ODG in fetching Sean Paul once more for his ‘Dangerous Love’ track.

In all these collaborations, the work put in ‘Beautiful Onyinye’ remix remains priceless. The video has beautiful scenery with Peter and Paul offering some superb singing. Rick’s rap is brilliant and the content of the rap is in tandem with the theme of the song. There was no patronizing, no swear words and that’s how it ought to be.

D’Banj’s Mr. Endowed remix is a decent effort, the video offers the eye a few attractions. Timaya chose the explicit route with a lot of flesh exposed and twerking going on. Sean brought nothing spectacular on board.
‘Dangerous Love’ scores big on the intriguing video and an okay song.

Since Samini’s emergence as Ghana’s global music rep bagging in MOBO and Channel O awards in addition to others, the next big thing has been Dr. Duncan offering a young eager Sarkodie a chance to sell his wares on the one time popular ‘Kasahari’ (rap) show on Adom 106.3 FM. Since the exposure, Sark has become Ghana’s music assassin among a battalion of soldiers such as Manifest, Edem, Kwaw kese, Stonebwoy and Shata Wale.

If for nothing at all Michael Owusu Addo better known as Sarkodie has hits such as saa okodie nu, baby, borga, u go kill me, azonto fista and illuminati in his vault not to talk of numerous international nominations and a BET win.

For a young chap from Tema Community 9 in Ghana to have the chance to record with an artist from the US he had watched on TV is a big thing alright but if such union had birthed a solid product that would have been even sublime.

It was therefore fascinating when news broke that Sarkodie was in the studio in the US cooking a sound with American hiphopper Acehood. Acehood known for works such as cash flow ft. Rick Ross, king of the streets, letter to my exs, body to body ft. Chris Brown, born An OG and my speakers ft. Rick Ross has something going on although he is not in the league of Nas, Jay Z, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Kanye West and even relative new comer Kendrick Lamar.

The tune ‘New Guy’ finally reached Accra and opening it was a poetic intro about life’s struggles. The voice intimates that there is a lot of expectation and responsibilities on his shoulder and so he keeps grinding to cater for needs as help comes from no one. According to the voice, from Sunday to Monday the hustle is on, there are no role models and no true leaders left. It is therefore imperative that the new guy strives for himself.

Obidiponbidi takes the baton explaining that hardships lead many to commit suicide but he strives and is making it despite the challenges. The use of swear words was needless however and takes away rather than brightens the piece. Sark’s flow is tight and the transitioning from English to Twi ups the tempo considerably.

Rappers can confound and Acehood does just that when he talks about Dr. King having a dream and then straight from that intimates that he has 20 b*****s in his bed naked counting chees. He also employs needless curse words but acknowledges that prison cells in America continue to get congested.

Ace offers some good rhyme accompanied by a thumping beat while Sark promises to build a statue for Ace even though I am yet to see his statue in Ghana. Folks in Kumasi no doubt would be delighted with a mention of their city in the track as are many who heard Acehood say ‘medase’ (thank you).

The video opens with a scene depicting a state of savagery to civilization with a man in hunting apparel transformed to Sarkodie in urban clothes. The video directed by Justin Campos, produced by Ted Solo and co-produced by Entourage is drab to say the least.

There are a couple of indoor videos shot brilliantly without the viewer feeling shortchanged but the ‘New Guy’ video is limited in content, style, costume and even montage choice.

The ‘New Guy’ video pales in comparison to Sark’s own ‘Bounce’ song and video shot and directed indoors by Sesan as well as ‘Love Rocks’ directed by Vertex. I do not wish to talk of the magical work done by Phamous Philms on the Illuminati video.

To think that Justin Campos who produced the visual for R2Bees ‘killing me softly’ directed ‘New Guy’ leaves one amazed, dazed and fazed.

This is a wasted opportunity. In answering the American hiphop call for collaboration, Sarkodie, his associates and affiliates could have worked the line to secure the services of Kanye west, Akon, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj or Rihanna to produce a solid tune worthy of climbing global charts and paving way for tours with the chosen artist to have a bite at the American music pie.

Consume the ‘New Guy’ ft. Acehood here:

OBRAFUOR AND THE ABENA CONNECTION


obrafuorTo say Michael Elliot Kwabena Otchere Darko remains the benchmark by which hiplife artists are judged is stating the obvious and to say that he has staying power is preaching the gospel.

Ever since taking music seriously in 1994, there has been no stopping the dreadlocked man and it is an irony that one so gifted has not gotten the desired international acclaim he richly deserves despite hits such as yaanom, pae mu kaa, Kwame Nkrumah, ntitiepa, odo and maame.

For new comers such as Manifest, Edem and Sarkodie to endorse the rap sofuo as the greatest hiplife proponent is telling.

Interestingly Obrafuor has managed despite the fame and media attention to keep his love life under wraps unlike colleagues Samini and Tinny.

Curiously however is Obrafuor’s fascination with the name Abena. In Ghana and among the Akan ethnic group, every Tuesday born female is named Abena or Mabena in addition to surname and other first names.

Obrafuor a.k.a the rap sufuor (preacher) employed the use of Abena in his ‘nkeye’ track produced by Roro for the now defunct Best Brain Digital Studio and on the track talked about the ungrateful nature of Abena his love interest.

Once more Abena was the lady of interest on Area Boi’s ‘Abena’ track featuring Obrafuor. Produced by Hammer of the Last 2, Obrafuor taking up the role of father implores his daughter Abena to be conscious of their precarious situation and the difficulties involved in providing her needs.

The Executioner further admonishes Abena that when the time ripes for marriage her choice ought to be of a wealthy man capable of catering for her in addition to extending courtesies and privileges to him.
Area Boi for his part noted that despite cash constraints, being a man for the future he will rise to his duties should Abena’s father give his approval to take Abena’s hand.

The chorus Abena-papa, Abena-papa, Abena-papa made for interesting listening.

The fascination with Abena did not cease so on his single Pimpinaa featuring Bisa Kdei, the rap icon provides some stimulating singing while declaring his intention to marry you guessed right ‘Abena’ and offer her a golden crown.

Bisa Kdei offers an effortless performance while Obrafuor makes the transition from singing to rap beautifully employing English and Twi superbly.

Obrafuor informs us that even though he recently gathered courage to propose love to Abena, he is pleased
that his offer fell on fertile ground promising to perform the marriage rites without delay since he was not a fan of copulation outside of marriage.

Weaving proverbs delicately, Mr. Darko further notes that Abena was an exception among women folk who deserved the very best life has to offer.

Obrafuor falls on Xpress Philms and Xbills Ebenezer for the visuals and utilizing afro centric themes coupled with colourful and delightful Angelique fabrics and pretty faces, Obrafuor must have been a satisfied man.

Check out Obrafuor’s Pimpinaa ft Bisa Kdei: