Kumasi is a city that has brought up many great talents. Among these great people happens to be Ybees Onna. The emcee has been sharing his wonderful craft with the public space for a long time. In the lives of musical brands, just as companies do, it becomes necessary to rebrand yourself. Continue reading “Artiste Ybees Onna Officially Rebrands to KAE YAW”
Isn’t the world wonderful? How we meet strangers, and become acquaintances, then move on to become close friends and brothers. Cosmos Boakye has been my friend since primary school, and he still remains to be a true brother. Continue reading “Cosmos Boakye; the Young Entrepreneur ‘Doing Magic’ With his Camera & Computer”
Nineteen year old Tina Brown is the newest sensation to be unleashed by Holiday Africa, the management behind Dhat Gyal. Born half Ghanaian and half Togolese, Tina is ready to serve the world with good music. The melanin-blessed songstress was born and raised in Nigeria, making her a Nigerian by birth, but loves all 3 counties she’s affiliated with. The Afrobeat queen mixes up Pidgin English. Yuroba and Ewe languages in her songs, giving her that class of uniqueness.
Tina has a soothing voice that calms nerves and positions you in a right mood. Her lyricism and pen game would make you wonder where she puzzles her words from. And what till you see her enticing videos. Her debut single “How Many Times” was released last year.
With the songstress now joining the VGMA Unsung nominee, Dhat Gyal at the camp of Holiday Africa and Fresh Moni Records, we can expect greatness ahead.
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There are some people who you can always be optimistic about. Knowing Offei well for at least 4 years now, I can confidently point my finger at him for being an example. From the way he relates to people, to the positive aura surrounding him, Offei is definitely meant for this music and fame thing. For a person who always searches for happiness within, and doesn’t need the validation of anyone to consider himself a winner, he’ll always be victorious.
Personally, the music of my close friends don’t mostly move me. I mean, if I could tease you and still catch goose bumps when listening to your music during solitary moments, then you’re special. And that’s one of the many blessings Offei is graced with. After starving the public of good music for so many years, as long as Jay Electronica has been holding on to his debut, he got highly motivated when Ground Up posted his live performance of “Let It Go.”
The singer who doubles up as a guitarist got charged up and released the audio version of the classic featuring Ghanaian American-based poet, Kofi Genfi. “Let It Go” was successful at bringing extreme traffic to SteezeHub.com… intense traffic comparable to Okponglo-Shiashie stretch on a Monday morning. I actually knew that song would blow up, looking at the fact that he had a publication in Weekly Today newspaper, and trended for 2 days straight on Twitter, prior its release.
During the latter days of wrapping up his debut mixtape, producer, Paq featured Offei on “Communication”, and it became the people’s favourite. He then dropped my personal favourite, “Body Whine” produced by Woode for the Christmas season.
His greatest hit however stands to be “Human Being”, which features the new rap prince, Kwesi Arthur. “Human being no be god ei // dem no go fit show you nottin”, Offei sings and displays in the well visually represented video, directed by 2 Monkeys. With just 3 songs, he changed the Google search results for “Offei”, which used to be mostly filled with Bernice Offei headlines.
Currently he has the internet buzzing with “Lowkey.” He’s enjoying radio airplay with it, and ended up being curated as part of “Apple Music This Week” playlist. I can testify that his talent is boundless, and is here to stay. Starting off as dancer inspired by Terry Boncaka, to rapping his own verses, playing guitars to scriptwriting, Offei proves creativity is his portion.
Doubling up as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Offei seeks to cause healing of people, whether it be physically, or touching the soul through music. He describes his style of music as an Afrofusion and he does music, basically to express his feelings and opinions about certain topics in life to a larger population.
He dreams of his fans listening to his music 20 years from now, having them reminisce about the fun times enjoyed. He wants his music to be that special wedding song somewhere. He desires that his music be the source of amusement and motivation for the world at large.
Writing, blogging, and most activities I’m involved with require solitude. As Travis “Yoh” Philips rightly states, “Solitude is to writers what sunshine is to flowers.” When I want to clear out my mind, and freshen it up, I hang out with other creatives at the iconic BKC Studios in Bantama.
It was a usual Saturday, encountering a new face at the studio. Immediately, my friends played me a mashup of Ebony’s songs by an unknown singer. Astounded by the singer’s talent, I asked who the artiste was. Jerry, who still manages her points to this newcomer, saying that girl. With the assumption of that being a joke, I further asked of her stage name. He replied again, that girl. At this point, I was torn between the reply being a tease or joke. Only for another guy to explain to me that her stage name is actually Dhat Gyal.
I left the studio before they finished shooting her first video, with my head filled with uncertainty, less optimism and room for more improvement. To my surprise, they dropped the video, and she did huge numbers, like Adele dropping a teaser to another number-titled album. The comments got goosebumps all over me. To prove it wasn’t a one-hit wonder, the second and third videos were metrically successful than the first.
Jerry had finally found his feet in the showbiz industry, and would go for the topmost crown. They went on to writing her own singles, and making moves within pop media outlets. From radio interviews, to playing shows, even if it’s as small as a pub gig, Dhat Gyal cemented her name on the Ghanaian music front.
She raised the flag of success high when she got nominated for Vodafone Ghana Music Awards ’18 Unsung category. Although she didn’t win, she has not stopped dropping bangers. Recently, I was having a convo with my sister, and she brought up Dhat Gyal. You should’ve seen the surprise on my face. Yes, I knew Dhat Gyal was popular, but I didn’t know my sister would’ve heard about her. My sister is the type who never pays attention to a musician till he/she has good songs on radio rotation.
Dhat Gyal made me believe that when grace and favour finds you, there’s nothing as impossible. If I was to predict her future in the music industry, I would’ve gotten it wrong. With little to no budget, Dhat Gyal has become one of Ghana’s few beloved female artistes.
I had my 4 years university education in Accra. Barely did I have time to listen to the radio, but as the addiction goes on, I was stuck on Twitter. It was at the same time I was building Steeze Hub’s social media, hence I’d stalk Y FM’s Twitter. I kept on seeing “Show prod. by @KooSebor.” The name sounded funny to me, and I wanted to meet the character behind this interesting name. Fast forward, post-school times in Kumasi, when cooling off at the iconic BKC studio at Bantama, one guy came through with spectacles, a protruding belly and afro hair covered with a snapback. He’d later be introduced to me as Koo Sebor.
Inasmuch as I had imagined a different character before meeting him, I had to accept the new Koo Sebor I my mental imagery faculty. Forcing friendships isn’t my thing, and since most radio personalities are arrogant, I had to keep the convo as natural as possible. Surprisingly, this guy was down to earth, before I realized, we had exchanged numbers and were close friends.
At the time, he was the producer and co-host of “Dryve of Ur Lyf” radio show on Y102.5 FM, Kumasi. He also hosted “Roots N Revival”, a Reggae/Dancehall show. In 2018, he commenced with “Lift Off”, a 3-hour programme filled with the best of entertainment and showbiz education. Segments in the show involve Come-Up of the Week (in which he interviews an upcoming musician with an appreciable hustle), Moment of Fame (in which he has a live studio session with mostly Kumasi-based creatives), and The Score (a discussion segment with unfiltered edutainment). DJ Bongo spins good music which doesn’t mostly get airplay throughout the 3 hours
Immediately, he put me on The Score as a regular pundit. Thence, he has featured loads of rappers, singers, producers, artists, and so on. The standout factor is, he does it willingly and charges not even a penny. Currently, if not the only one, he stands as one of the few of such a dying breed in Kumasi, who puts on for showbiz cats in Kumasi.
I’m old enough to know that the one who wholeheartedly helps people gains blessings and progress. With that being said, Koo Sebor shall be here for a long time!
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.
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
Asante Edward Afoakwa Ministry, founded by Asante Edward Afoakwa popularly known as Junior.
Asante Edward Afoakwa Ministry was established in 2015 to help spread the Gospel of God through music. The focal point of this ministry is Christ Jesus and the Kingdom of God.
ABOUT AFOAKWA JUNIOR
Many people call him JUNIOR. He was named after his mother’s father the Late Mr. Edward Asante Afoakwa. He has an elderly cousin who also bears the same name and this made his mother call him JUNIOR.
Asante Edward Afoakwa is his real name but many called him Afoakwa Junior in the music industry.
HIS EARLY LIFE.
Junior was born in Akyem Old Tafo in the year 1995 23rd February. He was brought to Kukurantumi at the age of three years to be raised by his Auntie (Afua Henewaa) so that his mother can continue with her teaching. He completed Gifpraise School Complex primary at Akyem New Tafo and completed Junior high school at CRIG M/A New Tafo.
His mother died when he completed J.H.S in the year 2011. He was able to complete Ofori Panin Senior High School by God’s grace. And now he is in level 300 at Presbyterian College Of Education Akropong Akuapem. He is doing his teaching practice at Akropong Presby Primary School.
HIS MUSIC LIFE
He was a choristers at the age of 10yrs. He learned how to read music scores both tonic solfa and Staff. He learned how to play trumpet at the age of 15years. About a year later, he mastered trumpet, trombone and euphonium.
He joined Gye Nyame Brass band and have travelled across the ten regions in Ghana with his band. He even don’t know how he learn how to play Keyboard, nobody taught him how to play it.
He started singing at his church when the church band leader had relocated to her new residence. He joined the College band when he got to PCE. He became the College Steward in the year 2016 and the NUPS-G President for PCE Sub-coordinating Branch Akropong – Akuapem.
He wrote his first song MA BA WONKYEN when his father died in 2016. After his first song he wrote many songs of which most of them are on the ASEDA Album. Now whenever he sits behind the keyboard he gets a new song from God.
He started recording his first album when he had some little money from his savings account. By God’s grace he produce himself and he is being mentored by Mins. Oware Junior. He will be Launching his second album SACRIFICE OF PRAISE the 7th of January 2018 at Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Emmanuel congregation Kukurantumi.
ABOUT HIS MINISTRY
By the grace of God he formed:
A choir called” THE LEVITES” .
A youth ministry on campus called “END TIME STEWARDS”
An evangelical and prayer team called “JESUS CAMPAIGN” at Kukurantumi Akim.
Afoakwa Junior is the writer and composer of his songs.
Mohammed Muhi-DeenYakubu, known in media circle as BabyBash GhBlogger is a public relations expert, social media marketer and a blogger.
Having worked as a Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Strongman of Sarkcess Music, Ko-Jo Cue of BBnZ, Peewee of Cue Music, TubhaniMuzik amongst others; GhBlogger has gradually gained recognition in the world of social media. He also does freelance services for numerous brands and products.
Starting as a blogger for GhanaNdwom.com in 2012, Babybash GhBlogger gained enough knowledge on HTML and WordPress which gained him employment with OMGGhana.com (now OMGVoice.com).
In 2014, He started his self-owned blog MediaHomeGh.blogspot.com (now MediaHomeGh.com) where He published entertainment and lifestyle news in and outside Africa.
Currently the manager of Strongman, a budding hip hop artiste signed to BET Awards winner Sarkodie’sSarkCess Music, He also doubles as the social media marketer for Hair Pivot, SarBoat Designs, StunnasGrafix and an occasional event organise.
BabyBash GhBlogger is a Computer Science Degree Holder and an expert in HTML, C++, Java and PHP.
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Yaw Nnamdi better known by his stage name YN the Afropikin is a young singer, songwriter and producer who does an Afrofusion of sounds i.e. a blend of the African sound with other sounds from around the world. He doubles up as a professional physiotherapist.
“one of the days i’d never forget is when i got the message that i’ve gained admission to university of ghana. y’all should’ve seen me jumping.. lol” – YN
YN commenced his educational journey at Leads International School and Kings High School both in Lagos, Nigeria. He moved to Ghana in 2006 where he attended Yilo Krobo School (YKS) in Somanya, Eastern Region. Nnamdi gained excellent grades that landed him a qualification to study a four-year programme in B.Sc. Physiotherapy in the University of Ghana, Legon and graduated with the class of 2016.
Although he always had a passion for music, hence he was always found listening to music, his musical journey started from high school where he started writing rhymes and discovered his rapping ability. However, he took it serious in his final year in university when he felt a burning sensation to do Afro music. That’s when he found his sound.
During the days of experimenting sounds he did songs which were Rap/Hip-Hop but the realisation came after his first major single ‘Passenger’, an Afro-Soul music which got massive appeal. Thence he started polishing his craft and approached music professionally in 2017 after the release of his accepted second single, ‘KEDE.’
“i do afrofusion! it feels natural & spiritual” – YN
As already indicated, his style of music is termed as Afro-Fusion. Afrobeats happens to be a major sector for YN because it enables him to explore his roots as a native of both Nigeria and Ghana. He has a soft spot for African percussion and melodies, and describes them as distinct characteristics to his sound. Nnamdi prefers singing in Pidgin language because he grew up speaking it and he’s most fluent in it. Also because he tends to communicate effectively with his people and connect with a common vibe.
“I Derive inspiration from africa’s musical greats. Fela kuti is like a grandad when i get in my element” – yn
YN gains inspiration from everyone doing good music most especially Nigeria’s legend Fela Kuti and Femi Kuti. He is a proud African who despises living a double personality, as he likes to keep it real. He sees music to be a powerful tool which has a huge impact on people. He describes the energy and vibrations that come with music as spiritual.
He has a song with Yaaba Okani titled ‘Tender’. It’s an African love song woven with afro melodies. He is working with a lot of ace producers including hitmaker, Kuvie. He aims to reach the world with his music and influence his listeners.
Check out YN The Afropikin’s latest single “Tender” which features Yaaba Okani
Written by: Joseph ‘Aqweci’ Ofori