The True Christmas Spirit

Christmas is a time of merry making and its closeness to the New Year celebration has made it not only a season for Christians to celebrate the birth of their Saviour but a time to show love by and to all. The spirit of the yuletide is giving without the thought of receiving back. It is a time of happiness because we see joy in people.

In addition to the season being a time of reflections and appreciation to God for the graces and blessings received in the year, we also use the time to reflect on the coming year.

Certainly, Christmas is a time of giving and sharing with those around us, but that sharing is not limited to those that we know, we love and care for. It is also for that person you have never met, that poor family who lives in your community.

From its very essence, we can see this giving nature of the yuletide in the birth of Christ himself. God freely gave out his Son to be born a man who will save us from sin and bring us back to God. So what is Christmas without giving? It is the giving act of God that we celebrate on Christmas thus we must reflect this very act.

More significantly, we share the moment with our families and friends which to us makes it joyous to some of us. Buying new clothes and giving presents to our children are the Christmas traditions that we have always chosen to observe and we always look forward to this treasured tradition every Christmas.

Although we all know of this spirit of giving in the Christmas season, our focus for much of the times has been on our families and friends. With a few celebrities, NGOs like my very own Love Foundation Club and other individual philanthropists always carrying the sharing of this seasonal love outside the family and friend zone, we must all emulate them. The true nature of Christmas is to give to the poor and the needy.

One of the other main reasons we have to carry out this custom of giving at Christmas is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus the baby king who was born in a manger (a symbol of him being born in poverty) by the Wise Men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. Christmas is a time of forgetting ourselves and finding time for others as the Wise Men did.

Let us extend the Christmas spirit of giving to the poor, the needy, the street kids, the sick and aged in our communities. This is the true spirit of Christmas; God giving his begotten Son not to a world of saints, a world of the rich but a world of those who have been cut off from him by sin.

Show love to someone who is poor outside your family and friend zone and with this, you are imitating Christmas in its true nature. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Words by Elikem Akakpo

Video: Strongman On Tim Westwood’s Crib Session

UK’s famous Tim Westwood has hosted a long list of celebrities around the world in his “Crib Session”. Think about all the top artistes and almost all of them have featured on the Crib Session. Only few Ghanaian artistes have been on there, and Strongman joins the list now. The young rapper as usual, proved he’s Ghana’s favourite “Wordsmith!”

Strongman delivered flawless and non-stop flows, tactically fusing in some English verses into the all Twi rap. He’s always confident behind the mic and knows how to switch styles without even pausing for a second.

This is a good look for Strongman and marks the beginning of many great things happening in his career under his label Sarkcess Music.

Who Will Win 2018 VGMA Best New Artiste?

Over the last few years, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Artiste of the Year spot has been a clear cut that you don’t need Baba Fakunle to foretell you who the winner would be. Let’s cast our minds back over the past 5 years. In 2012, Stay Jay was the winner, 2013 – Kaakie, 2014 – Joey B, 2015 – MzVee, and 2016 – Kofi Kinaata. It was only last year that Fancy Gadam took us by surprise when everyone thought Medikal had worked enough to earn the crown. Apparently, home support for the “Total Cheat” hitmaker was off the roof.

However, this year we have a different case. This year has been a year that saw new artistes spring up across the globe. And it’s no different in Ghana, as most major hits we’ve had this year were made by rookies. I can mention 5 potent contenders for the spot of VGMA 2018 Best New Artiste, all of whom are deserving winners – KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Kurl Songx, King Promise and B4Bonah. These acts worked very hard, paying their dues to the game, and in turn gaining nationwide hits and deserved attention. Usually, artistes nominated for the Best New act category have only one breakthrough song. This time, these young people have packed at least 2 hits in their bags.

KiDi

KiDi, the Lynx Entertainment signed artiste has “Say You Love Me” and “Odo” (both the original and remix version with Davido and Mayorkun) to his name. Kuami Eugene struggled to break through the nationwide market with “Boom Boom Bang Bang”, “Hiribaba”, “Show Dem”, “Ebeyeyie” and “Fadama Boy”, till he finally had the people’s favourite, “Angela”. Kurl Songx had his breakthrough when Sarkodie spat a line which made the Krobo tribe furious. Whilst people shared different opinions on the tribalistic-driven line, the song “Jennifer Lomotey” became popular. He had another follow-up titled as “Whistle” with the same rapper, Sarkodie. Like this wasn’t enough, he delivered another banger with the most buzzing artiste this year, Ebony, entitled “Feeling.”

King Promise after a glut of features, slaying hooks, finally had us dancing to his self-owned song “Oh Yeah”. “Hey Sexy” with Stonebwoy was a miss. He then bounced back with “Selfish”, which is gradually gaining grounds. B4Bonah had everyone singing along to “Dear God”. He then collaborated with King Promise, giving us “My Girl.”

There are a couple of acts which you’d question me as to why they didn’t make the list, including favourites Kwesi Arthur and Darkovibes. The two didn’t garner much success compared to the artistes mentioned previously, coming out with only one hit song each which didn’t do well across the country. We saw Darkovibes perform to a stadium crowd who didn’t know his song. I bet you have a lot of relatives who’d legit ask you “who’s Kwesi Arthur?”

The big question now is who will be the best new artiste? From the VGMA board, The New Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most promising and talented emerging artiste (s). The award goes to a relatively new artiste(s) who released a SINGLE/ALBUM that FIRST shot the artiste(s) into the limelight during the year under review.

Lynx Entertainment artistes have been pushing for their acts to win some awards and recognition which sometimes they don’t even deserve. In 2014, MzVee was the Unsung Artiste. The following year she was the best new act (deservedly). Kuami Eugene announced his presence by winning the Unsung Artiste in 2017 when I couldn’t even mention one of his songs. So this drives me to the question, will Richie and his crew use their influence to overcome the others?

Some say KiDi leads the pack because he’s the only one who has been able to break through a non-Ghanaian market i.e. Nigeria collaborating with Africa’s favourites, Mayorkun and Davido. Kaywa, who happens to be part of the management of Kurl Songx also has a great influence in the game. Will that have any effect on his chances of winning? Would B4Bonah’s inspirational song see him through to kiss the trophy? This is a question that would be on our lips till the fateful night of the 19th Edition of VGMAs.

Fancy Gadam May Challenge Ebony in 2018 VGMAs for Artiste of the Year

Although the VGMAs are not here, we’ve almost closed the year, and unless we have another Tonga-esque kind of song, nominations can be predicted from now. Undoubtedly, the most buzzing artiste this year has been Ebony. No other artiste has made Ghanaians dance and be  entertained more than the “90s Bard Gyal” – well maybe Shatta Wale, but his issues with the VGMA management haven’t been sorted out so we can rule him out.

The 90s bad gyal as she refers herself gave us “Poison”, “Sponsor”, “Date Ur Fada” and “Hustle” which are on the lips of everyone, both old and young. Even my 4-year old niece can sing along to all these 3 songs. She has been on the road each weekend entertaining fans with her sexually-appetizing performances. Her twerks, dance moves and stage craft leaves the mouths of young men with raging hormones open. Like the singles weren’t enough, she decided to end the year with a 14-track album, “Bonyfied” . As the time of writing this article, “Sponsor” had raked 2.4 million views on YouTube. The movement wasn’t that really seen, until she recently held her own concert for her album launch, filling up West Hills mall in Accra with thousands.

Fancy Gadam on the other hand is the leader of an empire. For an artiste who made his first news by filling up Tamale Sports Stadium (now named after the late Ex. Prez. Aliu Mahama), it’s not absurd to call him a king. I bet you they’d bring Beyonce and Drake to Tamale, and if the organizers don’t put Fancy on the bill they won’t be able to fill even one stand. That’s the authority Gadam carries. He took everyone (including me) by surprise when he took home the Best New Artiste award last year. Unlike most Artistes, he didn’t rest in joy, breaking boundaries nationwide  with the banger, “Total Cheat” featuring Sarkodie. He filled up Heroes Park in Kumasi, and then Bukom Boxing Arena with thousands, just to mention a few. Although I have personal reservations, I won’t be surprised if he grabs a spot as Artiste of the Year nominee in next year’s VGMAs.

Fancy Gadam Fills Up Bukom Boxing Arena (2017)

If that happens, Fancy will be a threat to Ebony. Why? Because the former has core die-hard stans. I’m talking about an artiste who has almost three regions (out of 10) behind him. He also has fans among all the other regions. Although the board may score for Ebony, let’s not forget that the public has a huge 40% to choose who wins. It’s still a wonder to me how come always every artiste who wins majority in the public votes turns out to be the winner. This year, Fancy kicked Medikal with a wide gap of votes. That was a period when no one outside the Northern, Upper Eastern and Western Regions knew him. Now that he has gained firm grounds nationwide, we expect the voting percentage to triple. The home support for him is so massive that they don’t care about organizing meetings to see him secure the 40% lead which may easily propel him to win the enviable award.

Ebony rose to fame with headlines like “I like to let my boobs hang freely.” Her follow-up songs after “Kupe” had a bend to the Twi language which almost sounds profane till you listen to it twice. Recently, she has been criticized a lot for exposing herself too much with regards to her seductive outfits. Ebony is that type of artiste who may fall off and her name may be easily forgotten like Mzbel because she lacks a large number of core fans. Her male sympathizers are just sexually enticed by her, and her female fans are likely to talk against her and drop her if she goes wrong or doesn’t keep up.

All these and more make Fancy Gadam a huge threat to Ebony. Numbers don’t lie, and so does Joseph Aqweci Ofori.

Words by Joseph Aqweci Ofori. 

Chief Kellz Drops Highly Anticipated Mixtape “Trap Nights In Kentinkrono”

Trap Nights In Kentinkrono is an 18-track mixtape with features from Icebox, Yung Nana, G-West, TRPLRD and Bomba, all upcoming acts.
This is a soundtrack to a life on campus with topics from lost relationships, crime, sex and drug addiction amongst campus girls, a very unusual style of writing but that is Chief Kellz’ reality. Productions on the tape were handled by Apya, Yung Nana, Raven Montana, Bomba, Liquid Beatz and Perry Mingle.
This  is more than your usual mixtape with genres ranging from Trap, Hip-Hop, Hiplife and Afrobeat sounds. Icebox comes with the infectious Breman-inspired  rhymes, as G-West gave us the vocals that can trigger a bad girl addiction. Bomba could not be left out with the consciousness of Rastafari and the spiritual sounds it comes with. Yung Nana blessed us with a beat and an unforgettable hook, Then TRPLRD came through reminding us of why the project is titled  “Trap Nights In Kentinkrono.”
Download below:
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1. Chief Kellz – Intro (Laid Out)

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7. Chief Kellz – Gang Gang Shit (Ft. Icebox)

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8. Chief Kellz – 10 20 pm Freestyle

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9. Chief Kellz – Can I Live

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10. Chief Kellz – Back In The Trap (Ft. Bomba)

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11. Chief Kellz – 8pm Gb3k3 For Circle

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12. Chief Kellz – Koti Did A Sweep

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14. Chief Kellz – Hit On my Line

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15. Chief Kellz – Last Biggie Freestyle

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16. Chief Kellz – M3 B) Wohu

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17. Chief Kellz – Family Business (Ft. TrpLrd)

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18. Chief Kellz – Live It Right

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Bonus: Chief Kellz – CenterFold (Bonus)

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Bonus: Chief Kellz – Mask Off (BloodMix)

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Adwoa Owusuaa Writes On Choices

The little decisions and choices we make daily affect our lives. Positive choices and decisions will yield positive results; while negative choices and decisions lead to negative results. There is no middle ground when it comes to choices. Choices can be little as our emotions. How we feel is a choice we make every second whether positive or negative.

When we feel positive; we tend to make positive choices and meet people who feel positive. On the other hand, when we feel negative or when we say: “Oh this is going to be a bad day.” We tend to have a terrible day, anybody we meet makes our day very tough and very difficult to put up with.

When we feel positive about ourselves and feel we are in control of our lives, we feel we can do anything and correct the mistakes we make. On the other hand, if we feel negative and think other things control us other than being in control of our lives, we feel weak and
powerless. We tend to think other people and things determine how we feel and how our
lives turn out to be. For instance, when a person is rude to us; we can decide to ignore them or pay them back by being rude. How a person treats us has got little to do with us but it has got more to do with them and how they feel about themselves.

In schools or work places we find out that bullies are people who have low self‐esteem or are insecure. These people will want others to feel the same so, they try to intimidate or pass sarcastic comments to make others feel bad about themselves so that they can feel good about themselves. Again, people who are confident about themselves inspire or motivate others.  How a person treats us has little to do with what we do or do not do to them or for them.

Most of the time, it is how the person feels that manifests itself on the outside through
their word and actions toward us. When we allow people to determine how we feel or react all the time, we tend to live shallow lives. We have to make a decision to be happy and live positively no matter how we are treated or what comes our way. We have to note that people are different; some are kind other are not. Their attitude will not change the value we place on ourselves rather, it is how we see ourselves that matter.

We should learn to accept that, how people treat or do not treat us has got little to do with
us but has got a lot to do with them and live life happy. The more we learn to accept this, the better our lives will be. When we feel positive about ourselves we will see the positive in situations that will help us make positive decisions and give us positive results. These little things we see as insignificant have major effects on our lives. When we are in a good mood, we tend to make positive decisions and have positive results. Again, when we allow these little things affect us negatively, we tend to make bad decisions and get negative results. Our emotions have a tremendous effect on our lives.

By Adwoa Owusuaa  

BKC Boys Make a Mark At DJ Slim Invasion ‘17

The new sensation of Ghanaian music group BKC last Saturday set the whole crowd ablaze when they were mentioned to come perform.

Last Saturday, the station for the young and young at heart; Y.Fm in collaboration with Bie Gya bitters, made history at the Baba Yara sports stadium (formally Kumasi Sports Stadium) as they brought the whole of Kumasi to the stadium to witness the biggest show, DJ SLIM INVASION 2017.

From upcoming artistes to main stream artistes up to international artistes were booked to entertain the crowd. The likes of Mr. Eazi, FlowkingStone, Edem, Yaa Pono, Kojo Cue, Shaker, Cabum, Eno Baron, Lord Paper, MixMaster Gazy ( just to mention a few) and yours truly, the BKC BOYS hooked along.

Amazing performance from the Bantama Kings Club made the fans go wild when they begun to chant their popular song “Akwashi ne Abaabe” and “Daaria”.  Their performance were well staged and well organized.

Sketchy opened the performance with his “Bantama Boy Swag” song, followed by Obey with “Akwashi ne Abaabe” and finally, Kofi Jamar graced in with “Daaria”. After their performances, the boys were called back to the stage to deliver sick bars and the fans went crazy at the Freestyles.

Photo credit: network_ghana

Thousands Fill Up Baba Yara Sports Stadium For DJ Slim Invasion; A Review

It’s very rare to see a disc jockey being celebrated in Ghana, lest to even think of staging an event, especially in Kumasi where event organization has become a hard nut to crack this year. The low patronage of events in 2017 in the garden city didn’t stop the Supreme Bigger Figure, DJ Slim from having the guts of staging an event— an event which blends A-list musicians with the upcoming. 17th December, 2017 will be a date written in the history books as DJ Slim invaded the city, filling up the Baba Yara Sports Stadium with a turn-up of thousands of people. The headline sponsors, Bie Gya Bitters did an excellent work, together with all the other sponsors and supporters. The Steeze Hub team was present to cover the event, and we bring you a detailed review of how the event went down.

Timing: Although it was inscribed boldly on all the flyers that the event was to commence at 6 p.m., even a newborn could tell that it was just a formality. The culture of Ghanaians, hence the Kumasi audience is to arrive late for a concert. If the time for the event is written as 6 p.m., they read it as 9 p.m. However, the organizers were able to set the place up before 8 p.m With a line-up of star-studded performances, the event wasn’t expected to take a couple of hours to end. The people were entertained and kept on their feet till 4:50 a.m when the curtains were closed on the event.

Performances: DJ Slim is known to be a huge force that brings artistes into the limelight. So for him to put up a concert, it made sense that he made the platform an avenue for the upcoming musicians to exhibit their talent to the thousands that had gathered. The stage was opened by hardworking rising acts such as Bantama Kings Club (BKC) artistes Kofi Jamar, Obey and Sketchy, also Boss Bouncy and Slim Biggie YO, Hotboy DNA, Ratty, Amerado, Braa Benk, Ayesem, Lord Paper, and a host of others. These great musicians paved the way for mainstream acts who made sure the people were entertained to full satisfaction, till the list was exhausted.

Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker brought the heat when they performed their solo songs. Eno Barony climbed the stage with Master Garzy and some sexy dancers who made a lucky guy have a memorable night when they ‘twerked’ on him. Arguably, the one who holds Kumasi music down currently, Flowking Stone came on stage, and proved why he’s a wordsmith and a beast on the mic. He surprised us when he brought along his brother Kunta Kinte. It was a pleasure to witness them perform “Simple” together. He ended by calling out LJ who proved his tongue-twisting abilities and gave the Hip-Hop heads a refreshing moment with his “5th August” track.

The ‘outernational’ guy as he refers himself, Mr Eazi then came through to set the place ablaze with bangers upon bangers. Yaa Pono who I thought would be the last performer delivered as always. He happens to be a frequent collaborator of DJ Slim, so the connection is that deep. Hits after hits, the “Gbee Naabu” hitmaker performed till Slim joined him on stage. The biggest surprise of the night came when Gemini brought out Edem, and together they gave us a special delivery. When we thought all had ended, the ranger, Joey B was called up on stage. Beezy is known for not walking alone, thus he came with Darkovibes, and they sealed the bag of performances excellently.

Stage, Lights and Sound: The stage was large enough to accommodate the musicians, dancers, and whoever they came with. The lights provided were appreciably bright that even when our camera batteries ran out and the flash lights couldn’t function, we were able to capture the moments successfully. The sound was good enough that the audience at the rare could appreciate it. At a point, I stood at a section and I couldn’t bare the vibrations from the sound. Then I realized the place was designated for people to not stand there. At a point there were some technical hitches that put a pause to the programme but it was resolved immediately. However, I can’t give a complete account of the sound in general, because I was mostly at the stage area.

MCing and Djing: The MCs for the night, El Presidente, Kwame Scientific and Papjay007 did a marvelous job. It’s no joke engaging an audience for that long. El Presidente saved the show by quizzing the audience with an accapella of popular songs when there were technical hitches.

In between the performances, DJ Slim took over the turntables where he delivered a Hip-Hop session, and claimed his throne. DJ Aroma was exceptional that night. The gifted DJ could play an old gospel song and follow it up with a Hiplife song and still excite the crowd. The veteran, DJ Chiefaro also delivered satisfactorily.

We had great show. One that hasn’t been witnessed for a long time. DJ Slim continues to reign supreme. A big thank you to him and Bie Gya Bitters for staging a successful concert for the people of Kumasi. Merry Christmas!        

Words by Joseph Aqweci Ofori

Photos: Mr Eazi, Yaa Pono, Joey B & Many Others Shut Down “DJ Slim Invasion 17”

DJ Slim invaded Kumasi with a tall list of musicians both mainstream and upcoming. The event which was held at Baba Yara Sports Stadium saw a turn-up of thousands of people. DJ Slim is known to be a huge force that brings artistes into the limelight. So for him to put up a concert, it made sense that he made the platform an avenue for the upcoming musicians to exhibit their talent to the thousands that had gathered. The stage was opened by hardworking rising acts such as Bantama Kings Club (BKC) artistes Kofi Jamar, Obey and Sketchy, also Boss Bouncy and Slim Biggie YO, Hotboy DNA, Ratty, Amerado, Braa Benk, Ayesem, Lord Paper, and a host of others. The place was turned up to a thousand degrees when artistes including Flowking Stone, Mr Eazi, Yaa Pono, Gemini, Edem, Eno, Cabum, Ko-Jo Cue, Shaker, Joey B and Darkovibes set the place ablaze with their performances. Steeze Hub was there to capture the moments. Enjoy…

 

Photo credit: Network Ghana (IG: @network_ghana)

 

 

A-Clipse’s Video For “Just Stay” Will Make You Fall In Love (Dir. by KTO)

It is only true love that can make a hardcore rapper calm and be all lovely in a song. Proving his versatility, A-Clipse performs “Just Stay” with Kay-T. The visuals will make you fall in love and rise your desire to cuff a bae so you can have a good time together. Directed by KTO for Hawk Eye Cinema, A-Clipse is seen hanging around and playing with his love. The sights and scenes, plus drone shots will feed the hunger in your eyes.