The 2017 SRC Best Entertainment Personality in University of Ghana, Mestar Oscar has got a lovely one for the gyaldem. The multi-talented Mestar Oscar is a songwriter, singer and dancer. Although mostly known for his crazy dance moves, Oscar hinted at his ability to sing in a cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” freestyle video, and got the internet ablaze. Ears have been begging for more from DYB’s very own since then. He heeds to the plea for new music with this groovy Afro-EDM tune which he calls “One Last Drink.” Featuring Afrolektra who produced the song, Oscar calmly lays sweet vocals on the instrumental filled with African sounds. Afrolektra is creating a generational sound, and Mestar Oscar is here to deliver complete entertainment. “One Last Drink” isn’t just a song, issa VIBE!
Mestar Oscar - One Last Drink (Ft. AFROLEKTRA) 3.35 MB
In 1990 public internet didn’t exist. The only means of reaching fans were through television, radio and shows/tours. Fast forward to the 2000s the internet has become a global network for connecting people around the world. People spend time on the internet more than having conversations offline. The world’s richest were able to achieve that height because they created a dot com business. The internet has come to change music, its consumption and artiste-fan relation. Getting intimate with fans is just a Facebook Live video away, and making news is just by a 280-character tweet. People don’t queue for albums no more, it’s streamed or purchased online. Streaming platform managers and curators are the real illuminati of music. Apple Music, Spotify and the like are the new record labels.
In Ghana, people have taken time to study how the internet could be used to market their craft, and have made it work for them. I won’t take you so many years back. Let’s have a look at last year, we saw many acts rise up on the internet circles of music, and gradually turn it to a solid fan base and some good cash. Amongst those acts are La Meme Gang members, Darkovibes, RJZ and Spacely. Also, Ground Up’s Kwesi Arthur. I’m sure it was a difficult task for them, because social media is a world where people who can’t even speak in public become loud mouths. Digital gangsters and keyboard mobsters are quick to come at artistes online and rain insults on them because of very small issues.
These guys were shown love, and bit by bit, day by day, their fan base grew till traditional radio started accepting them and giving them some airplay. When they were struggling to get heard these guys never sent any email to bloggers at all (I stand to be corrected), neither would they share links to their songs from blogs (well, unless it’s DCLeakers). They’d just upload their songs on SoundCloud, and push it via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and they were quite okay with it.
With the repetitive sound that Ghanaian music had been experiencing lately, the creatives used the opportunity to take over with pure talent and a wavy style appreciated by the youth. They gave a new definition to Afro-Trap, Hip-Hop, Trap and Afrobeats. The youthful music consumers of Ghana today have an ear for adventure. They get fed up listening to monotonous sounds on the mainstream media, hence pay much attention to what SoundCloud and YouTube rappers and singers have to offer.
Darkovibe’s “Tomorrow” wasn’t an overnight success. Neither was “Mercy.” I saw him perform to a crowd in Legon in 2017 who looked at him like he a noise-maker and jumping grasshopper. In that same year, every corridor had echoes of “Tomorrow” and the people wouldn’t stop chanting when Darkovibes stepped on stage with the song.
Kwesi Arthur was seen bare-chested spitting bars in freestyle videos all year. You could feel the pain in his verses, and sense the struggle in his voice. He kept on doing that till much attention was given to his hit single “Grind Day.” Today, Kwesi Arthur has been endorsed and featured by Ghana’s ace rapper Omar Sterling. BET award winner, Sarkodie has delivered a free 16 to the remix version of “Grind Day”. And only Lord knows the songs he’s sitting on as I type this.
I love Spacely’s “Digits.” Serallio (a hangout in Osu, Accra) wouldn’t keep it off rotation. RJZ is easy to point out because of his model figure — six packs, dyed hair and melanin-rich skin. Song by song, they’re taking over the music scene and serve as threats to those on top. If with the internet they’re able to host their own sold out shows, and be placed on bills, then I can only wonder where they’d reach if much capital is invested into their art.
Internet has worked for some artistes, and still works for new acts as time rolls by. You can also be a success off the internet.
WE CAN Foundation, a Ghanaian US-based charity organization will on Wednesday, 31st January, 2018 be launched at the Lilies of the Field Academy, Osu-Accra. Founded by Solomon Annin, the young Ghanaian who is a gospel minister, inspirational speaker, songwriter and a US Army personnel, the WE CAN campaign is a course to reach out to people in the rural areas, peril-urban who are going through hardships. The foundation is focused on helping the less privileged ones in the Ghanaian and African society as a whole.
The donation event will be the first official project to be carried out by the foundation. It is also in a special way to mark the birthday of the founder and CEO, Private Min. Solomon Annin.
The venue of the event will be the Lilies of the Field Academy located at Osu in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The event will be graced by the presence of some young folks making impacts on the lives of the less privileged in Ghana and parts of Africa such as Marcus Anafu “ The Youngest Philanthropist in Africa”, Akakpo Elikem Kwabla, the Public Relations Officer of Love Foundation Club, Juana Boateng, Nana Kofi Appau and other young Ghanaians who are into charity.
The event is to serve as a kick-start for upcoming projects of the ‘We Can’ campaign. Few projects to follow up are the provision of educational materials for some rural area schools in Ghana, distribution of footwear to students living in deprived areas, granting of educational scholarships, among others.
“We Can” as the name of the foundation cum the campaign suggests the hope of these young Ghanaians both home and abroad who believe it is we ourselves that can help our motherland come out of her predicaments and afflictions. The ‘We Can’ campaign thus incites in all Ghanaians and Africans our individual roles in making this our world of fragile peace and broken promises, sicknesses, hunger, homelessness and streetism, poverty and death.
The launching will of the We Can Foundation at Lilies of the Field is to as part of the foundation’s mission put smile on the faces of the less privileged and afflicted. There will be donation of items ranging from assorted food items, academic materials, clothes and others. The event is supported greatly by Love Foundation Club. There is a heartfelt call to the general public to support the “We Can Campaign” through donations and volunteerism.
Budding Rapper K’Swagg sets the bar high with visuals of his new single, ‘Raquel’.
The song is about a tragic love story of himself and his dead girlfriend. Narrating how they met to her mother disapproving of their relationship. The Sunyani-based rapper paints vivid pictures with his lyrics.
K’Swagg has been noted to be one of the best from Brong Ahafo region with his hardcore raps style coupled with energy and vigour, but this time he tones down.
Produced by Dare Mame Beatz, Raquel comes with soothing tones from songstress, Araya to put the listener in the mood while you listen to the story. Download the song below and Watch the video as it unveils how K’Swagg ended up in prison for the death of his lover.
K'Swagg - Raquel (Prod. by Dare Mame Beatz) 4.75 MB
We’re 26 days into 2018, and Flowking Stone has broken his silence from last year. He drops “Real Talk” to satisfy the hunger of fans. As the name implies, “Real Talk” is a rap song which discusses very hot issues including the ‘Pull Him Down’ attitude of Ghanaians, Nigerian music dominance, envy, and a bit of national issues of interest, like the Fulani saga, etc. He flows excellently on a Trap beat produced by TubhaniMuzik.
Flowking Stone- Real Talk (Prod. by TubhaniMuzik) 5.41 MB
Popularly known as The Mashup Queen, Dhat Gyal after her first official single “Mayweather”, Dhat Gyal releases another banger she calls “Any Man.”
Amidst debunking rumours that she’s been signed to a foreign label, Dhat Gyal hits the studio one more time to record a very innocent yet groovy record. On “Any Man” she marvelously sings to her mama that she’s not choosy with his choice of man, and because she’s realized that appearances deceives, as well as not all that glitters is gold, she’s ready to accept any man that comes her way, whether bread baker or bank manager. She affirms this even though her mother prefers specifically wealthy men.
She artistically weaves her singing prowess on the mid-tempo Afrobeats instrumental produced by Jerry Beats Classic.
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.
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.
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…