VGMA 2018: Reasons Why Dhat Gyal Should Win Unsung Artist Category

For the past few months, there has been a new revolution in Ghanaian Afrobeat/Hiplife and Dancehall as well. And I wouldn’t say that this young female artiste invented “MashUp” sessions, but I can boldly say that, Dhat Gyal brought life into MashUp in Ghana. Ever since she showed up with her first mashup in the latter part of 2017, Dhat Gyal has stayed relevant and consistent till date. Below are reasons why Dhat Gyal should be nominated and win the unsung category in this year’s edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards:

Dhat Gyal is the first female artiste whose mashup has never been sponsored on Facebook and YouTube, but gets over ten thousand views in a day. With less than 48hrs of anticipation on her mashup, Dhat Gyal commands a lot of views. This shows how people appreciates her talent and signifies the number of people who stays waiting on the mashups.

Dhat Gyal is, so far, the youngest Afro pop / dancehall artiste in Ghana with most likes on her Facebook page and I repeat, no sponsored posts, but gets thousands of new followers anytime she makes a post.

Dhat Gyal is the only youngest Ghanaian artist whose first official single was randomly taken by Opera Entertainment news and was the most liked post.

Dhat Gyal is the first artiste to trend on YouTube as number 2 with Big Shaq’s “Man’s Not Hot” at number one. It has become a promotional tactic that, artistes do not release songs when there is a bigger meat on the plate. On the day that Big Shaq released his most awaited video for his hit song, the management of Dhat Gyal took the risk and dropped her mashup, just to test the waters and lo and behold, Dhat Gyal did not only surprise us with her unimagined Facebook views, but this time, came number 2 to an international artiste on YouTube.

 

You can follow her on the various social media platforms to verify to the above and testify that, Ernestina Afari; Dhat Gyal, as you may know her, deserves to be nominated for this years edition of Unsung in Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and we promise you victory. Let’s start the hashtag #DhatGyalVGMAsUnsung.

Ps.: Facebook – Dhat Gyal  (www.facebook.com/dhatgyalmuzik)

Twitter – @DhatGyalMusic (www.twitter.com/dhatgyalmusic)

Instagram – @dhatgyal_africa (www.instagram.com/dhatgyal_africa)

YouTube – Dhat Gyal Africa

Goals… Adwoa Owusuaa Writes on the Importance of Setting Goals

Life is waking up, going to sleep, going to work or school, visiting friends and other things. We all experience this. What makes a life different from another is setting goals. A life which is directed by goals is different because that life has a purpose and something to pursue which is more that waking up, few activities and going back to bed; It is a life that it building something or leaving a legacy.

Goals are things we reach or achieve that are important in our lives. In order for our lives to move to a particular direction, we should direct it in a particular path. We have to shape how our lives will turn out to be in the future. Our lives is like water or any liquid which has no shape but takes the shape of any container that is poured into. When we pour water in the floor it flows to any direction when it is not directed in a particular direction. That is what our lives will turn out to be when we do not set goals for ourselves.

When we set goals for ourselves, we know the direction our lives are going. A goal seeks to
explain what our lives will turn out to be in the long term. The things we do now in order to
get to what we want to be in the long term are tasks. It is building a mansion; we lay bricks, build structures and then we get the mansion. When we set goals, we know the end product is a mansion and not just laying bricks or building structures.

The goal will help us stay focused on what we expect at the end. There may be few changes or major changes. This is normal when it comes to what we want or the things we want to achieve. The most important to have set goals so we know what our lives are going to be.

Without goals, life is boring. Life becomes waking up going to work and going back to bed.
That is the routine of every person but people who are enthused about life are people who
have goals and have broken them down in parts to achieve them
We have to ask ourselves; what makes us happy or what do we want to do with our lives?
These are some of the questions we should ask ourselves frequently. We should learn to
examine ourselves and our lives by asking where we are; whether we have made progress or not, and make changes where necessary. Life will not be perfect once we have goals rather, it will have a purpose and we will be reenergised whenever we wake up.

Words by Adwoa Owusuaa

Amerado – Celebrity Chic (Prod. by DJ Smith)

Amerado releases a very creative piece he calls “Celebrity Chic.” From the camp of Mic Burnerz, the rapper makes a song putting together the song titles and favourite phrases of Ghanaian artistes, merging them so well on an Afrobeats instrumental (which switches to Hip-Hop at a point), produced by DJ Smith. He puts it in a story and picturesque manner, making it humorous as you listen. We can’t wait for the visuals for this, Amerado Enjoy the creativity here…

The Rise and Fall of Patapaa

Many artistes have come and gone. Some became legends, others were one hit wonders. I am beginning to fully believe that making a hit doesn’t have to do with a strategic formula. Sometimes it happens with luck, and the fame comes by chance. That’s the best way I explained to myself when Patapaa’s “One Corner” started making huge waves in the country, and spread like a virus. For a song which I couldn’t honestly listen to the end because of horrible production, that made me feel like getting exposed to something I’m allergic to, I least expected it to be appreciated by any ear. But the Ghanaian audience is unpredictable, hence it’s no magic for “One Corner” to become a nationwide hit, a party stopper and our soundtrack to a new favourite ‘crazy’ dance.

“One Corner” began making its way into people’s hearts and ears when social media accepted a dance which involved getting into an outrageous position to throw one’s waist around, with the song being played in the background. Anytime the DJ looped “One Corner” in a playlist, he/she was ready to contain the extreme crowd reaction. ‘Grindin’ at parties were redefined when the song of the moment came on. Radio started blasting the song on rotation, and would repeat it several times. Walk around, and it was as if pub operators were all instructed to entertain their customers with the song. Bloggers who were fast enough to upload it on their websites probably laughed to the bank those months. Yes! Patapaa’s “One Corner” was a massive hit. So massive that it ended up 4th in Google’s rankings in Nigeria. Now that’s news!

In an interview Patapaa granted to Joy News, I realized the guy may not look smart but his explanation to the concept of writing “One Corner” was intelligent, however he himself may not know. At every point in any artiste’s life, he/she can make a hit song, but to maintain that top spot is the deal. The musician who hails from Swedru quickly erupted to the top of the food chain, however we didn’t see him play a lot of shows in the concluding months of 2017. Why? He can answer best. But from where I sit I can boldly say it’s due to poor management.

Artiste management is very key in the commercial world. In essence, managers are in charge of running all aspects of the business side of an artiste’s career. Apparently, Patapaa’s manager and/or management team (if he even had one) was/were not serious and didn’t know how to handle the music business. At a point, Mr Meister, Ghanaian manager for international act Mr Eazi, realized how successful “One Corner” was in Nigeria. Meister arranged a meeting with Patapaa’s manager to see how best they can organize a tour in the country with the largest population in Africa, but the latter stood Meister up. Probably, he thought Meister wanted to use the brand Patapaa for his own financial gains. Other event organizers complained about huge charges proposed by the manager when being asked for a bill to perform. That’s why you didn’t see the young man’s picture on a lot of flyers this recent Christmas.

In this age where hit songs have short life spans and non-lasting expiry dates, it was unnoticeable watching “One Corner” get lost in the heat of the moment. The song doesn’t cause a much electrifying atmosphere anymore. His other follow-up singles are unknown. I’m not saying that’s the end of Patapaa, neither am I a prophet of doom. Don’t be too quick to tag it as hatred, I’m just being real. We’re in a new year which comes with its own competition. Will that be the end of Patapaa? Can he make another breakout song? Can he capture the feet of Ghanaians once more? We live to see.

Words by Joseph Aqweci Ofori 

Solomon Ennin, the Young Ghanaian in the U.S Army Making the Country Proud Through Music and Philanthropy

The saying that “it is only the child that has never travelled that says her mom is the best cook” is very true and evident. Until we make explorations about our own story and worth, we will never discover who we are and what we have. An article recently found on a blog site in the States in profiling the top five young Ghanaians making Ghana proud featured a young Ghanaian in the US Army as number one.  Born in Ghana to Mr. Emmanuel Ennin and Mrs. Comfort Afrane Yeboah, young Solomon Ennin is now a Ghanaian US soldier who doubles as a musician. Solomon Ennin is an inspirational speaker, a song writer, a philanthropist and a musician based in the United States of America. We might have seen his likes but not his type because it is so hard and rare to come across a young Ghanaian who doubles as a musician and a soldier in the States.

Solomon was born at Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana. He attended the Columbus State Community College and the Ohio School for Phlebotomy. Solomon started music at a very tender age and his first song was a thanksgiving song which came to him one day as he was thinking on what he wants to do in life. Poverty which has shattered so many dreams in our country and the African continent nearly laid its hands on the dreams of Solomon as he went through some financial constraints and lack of good guidance that he had to endure.

After writing twenty five songs but could not record it then due to some financial constraints and guidance, Mr. Ennin started doing two different jobs at a time in other to save up some money to follow his dreams and aspirations. And like the stories of almost all upcoming musicians, Solomon lost his first chance to record after the studio said he couldn’t proceed with no legit reason, he then lost his appointment and the money paid wasn’t refunded back to him. God being so graceful, he recorded his first and second albums which were launched in August 2016. He has to his credit two music albums and a music video with the song titled “Higher” being his favourite of all. His album titled “Nsenku” was widely sold during and after the launch of the album and this got his fame to continue growing over the whole of US.

Stream “Nsenku” on iTunes

Mr. Ennin who is also known as Rhema Blessed is industrious and passionate about transforming lives and making impact through his ministry; the Rhema Ministry. The Rhema Blessed Ministries is geared toward “impacting the world with good, quality and Spirit-filled songs” which America is already witnessing. Having joined the US Army last year, Solomon hopes to extend more help to the less privileged in his home country through his ministry and through his partnership with Marcus Anafu “The Youngest CEO and Philanthropist in Ghana”.

Solomon is on a course to reach out to people in rural areas, peri-urban and the less privileged ones in Ghana through his “WE CAN” campaign.  Rhema Blessed believes that a simple act of kindness can cause a great impact and change in people’s lives. A young military man who is making waves in music in United States of America being a Ghanaian is in fact a blessing and a pride for Ghana as a country. Ghana has indeed found a young and talented young man who will carry up the mantle and change the face of music and ministry in Ghana and in other parts of the world. He is indeed our new artist and our new discovery.

Written by Akakpo Elikem Kwabla

Artiste, Luther Rebrands to LUTA

One of the smartest career moves is to be re-branded just as companies, non-profit organizations and even as government institutions do. With this, the former local artist Luther has been re-branded to an Afro-Pop/Reggae artiste with showbiz name LUTA.

As part of the artiste’s re-branding, he has gained a managerial body, Purple Soul Multimedia to move his career further.

In an interview with LUTA, he disclosed that he is a different person now. Though people know him very well with the former brand and label name Luther, he has developed significantly and brings a lot to cooperate Ghana and various stakeholders in the entertainment industry both locally and internationally.

According to the Afro-Pop/R&B artist, the world should look forward to his first single yet to conquer the airwaves on 1st February, 2018.

If you want to take your career to the next level, you need to re-brand yourself. You need to make it easy for peers, colleagues and employers to see your experience and recognize the value you can add to their projects and/or companies. In short, you need to make them want you.

Label name is still Luta (LuuGang) but under Purple Soul Multimedia with LUTA as brand name which takes effect today January 16, 2018 of which the public are urged to note.

Young Skona Ft. 2Fyngers – Never Give Up (Prod. by Laykay)

“Hard work pays” is a cliche, but has greatness of greatness in it. Young Skona is back with the street motivation in “Never Give Up.” This song is the right remedy for those who have lost hope. 2 Fyngers adds his voice to the topic, rhyming on a beat produced by Laykay.

 

Young Skona Ft. 2Fyngers – Carry (Remix)

The Young Skona-2 Fyngers chemistry is getting better. Collaborating on 2 songs already, Skona drops the remix of “Carry”. The original version enjoyed great feedback on social media… and the remix has potential of doing more. @youngskona goes in deeper with the flow on this one, and doesn’t go low on the bars! 2 Fyngers adds a humorous verse making this an assured jam. I must say this, the remix is a better jam!

Young Skona – Carry (Mixed by SlowMo)

Young Skona gets his Trap groove on as he jumps on the “Carry” instrumental to drop some humorous and interesting bars. Skona raps encoouraging guys to ‘con’ ladies, because they’re available with all positivity, for us. Slow Mo mixed the vocals with sonic beauty. Jam to “Carry below: