Sunyani-based rapper and songwriter K’Swagg has released a short film as an introduction to his upcoming mixtape which is slated to be released in the first week of September.
Rebirth as the EP is named talks about how he has grown into the brand he is now, and how much he has strived to achieve greatness. Using music as a tool to effect change in the society, K’Swagg sets to use this EP to motivate the budding youth that the light at the end of the talent is not a mirage but a reality.
Known to be very good with his lyricism and delivery, the UTSH recording artiste K’Swagg’s “Rebirth” album is surely worth the wait as it promises to be one of his best works so far as his musical journey is concerned.
If we’re to mention artistes Kumasi has at heart, you may definitely have to start by enlisting Flowking Stone. The “One Love” hitmaker does a frequent hangout with his management team especially on weekends.
Yesterday (July 28) he chose KFC (Bekwai Roundabout branch) for this stress reliever. Upon enjoying his meal, the attendants of the restaurant pulled up on him with a strange but beautiful performance. Using his name to form creative pieces they clapped and hailed him.
Exclusively disclosing it to SteezeHub.com, they said it’s a tradition they do to acknowledge their special guests. The staff further revealed their love for Flowking Stone, and how they’re all fans for his music.
Check out the video below
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.
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.
It’s been a great day for GH music as BBnZ Live label mates Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker have been listed to perform with legendary rapper and singer, the 6-time Grammy award winner Ms Lauryn Hill. This tour is to commemorate her debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” as the project clocks 20 years in existence. Other artistes performing include Nas, SZA, Mr Eazi, Patoranking and many other legends and acts.
The tour dates are as follows:
Thu Jul 05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sun Jul 08 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 11 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Fri Jul 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Sun Jul 15 – Wantagh, NY -Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Wed Jul 18 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Fri Jul 20 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Wed Jul 25 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Thu Jul 26 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
Sun Jul 29 – Tampa, FL – Al Lang Stadium
Tue Jul 31 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater
Thu Aug 02 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Fri Aug 03 – Atlanta, GA – State Bank Amphitheatre At Chastain Park
Sun Aug 05 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Wed Aug 08 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri Sep 07 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
Sun Sep 09 – San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre
Wed Sep 12 – Portland, OR – Portland Memorial Coliseum
Fri Sep 14 – Vancouver, BC – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
Sat Sep 15 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center**
Thu Sep 20 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
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!
This is 2018, and you cannot successfully pursue music without the involvement of the internet. After recording, an artiste releases the music via the internet. Distribution is done through the internet. Like hell, Kanye West released the platinum-selling “The Life of Pablo” album exclusively online via streaming platforms. Artistes connect with their fans through social media. If we listened to certain DJs and radio presenters to know who’s hot, bloggers are the new guys who have taken over that.
In Ghana, free music is distributed largely by bloggers. Music management bodies send official releases to bloggers, even before some radio giants get hold of it. Music bloggers can make or break artistes in this era. There’s significant friction between upcoming artistes and music bloggers, and I don’t think it’s going to end anytime soon. Well, I am here to break it down.
Upcoming artistes have a problem with bloggers refusing to upload their songs (and promote it), just as they do for mainstream acts. Mostly, upcoming artistes pay for song uploads on blogs. On the other hand, mainstream acts don’t give a penny to bloggers, but they still sweat, track release dates and time to get theirs uploaded. So it gets the upcoming artistes wondering if bloggers are really in support of GH music, and their craft.
Now, this is the untold story of a music blogger. What people have to see is, music blogging is a business, unless the person emphatically states it’s a hobby or a charity. In the end we all have to eat. Just as the artiste is searching for popular songs to see exciting paydays, a blogger pursues his/her passion and yearns to make a living off it. The big question here is, how does the blogger makes his/her money?
One of the most important terms in the dictionary of a blogger is “traffic.” The more people visit a website, to get new information or download music, etc., the more internet traffic is directed to a website. If a blogger has subscribed to an advertisement deal for ads to be displayed on the website, this traffic converts to money, which the blogger withdraws to maintain the site. And that’s the major source of capital for most bloggers. So it is left to the blogger to decide how to gain traffic.
From personal experience, I’ve known that outputs of mainstream acts drive traffic more than that of upcoming acts. Knowing this, would you choose focusing on uploads of upcoming acts if you were a blogger? Hell no! However, a few blogs, including SteezeHub.com have taken the risk of uploading songs from upcoming acts for free, just as is done for mainstream ones. But again, from experience, most of these guys don’t appreciate it. They’re selfish! They can be on a blogger’s neck to upload their songs, and after going through hell to do it, they turn around and share SoundCloud links, trashing your link. They forget it’s a win-win affair. I used my own internet bundle, time, energy, creativity and effort to upload your song, and the least you can do which is sharing the link to enable me get traffic you refuse to do?
In the end, it gives the blogger little to no reason to upload songs from upcoming artistes. Yes, we want to push GH music, but we don’t want to starve to death while at it. Bloggers invest a lot of money into the business — buying domains and hosting subscriptions, renewals, internet charges, and a whole lot. And just like any other business, we have to gain profit from it. This is what upcoming artistes should know and change their attitude. Maybe then can we see change.
One outstanding name that is connected to versatility and consistency in music is definitely Flowking Stone. Dropping hits after hits, his singles released so far this year and other features give an indication that he’ll be coming out with more collaborative efforts.
On May 25, he started teasing us with an artwork to his next single which features songstress, Adina with the title “One Love.” With these two great talents, one can only expect a promisingly great song. He gave hints of the single via his official Twitter profile, stating “#onelove is one of the sweetest jams on my album dropping this year. #onelove was inspired by the beauty of love. #onelove drops on the 1st of June. #onelove.”
So yes, we’ll be getting an album from Flowking Stone soon, and “One Love” happens to be a single off it. How many singles will be released from it? How soon are we getting it? Stick to SteezeHub.com for all the exclusive information concerning Flowking Stone, his next single, and upcoming album.
The pride of Brong Ahafo, Yaw LeVelz, after a long silence, readies a single with the “5th August” hitmaker, LJ. Yaw LeVelz is a talented emcee and exceptional lyricist, who has been serving the streets with bangers. Mostly doing Hip-Hop, LeVelz ventured into Afropop, doing “More Poppin” which widened his fan base. Touching on various genres, the masses can only guess what he has in store for us.
Well, let me give you a tip of the iceberg. If you thought, it’s going to be a battle of verses because Lyrical Joe (LJ) has been featured, then be in for a surprise. Yaw LeVelz’ verses remind me of the tale “Beauty & the Beast”, because although he was in beast mode with the verses, he still sounded emotive. For the concept, I’ll keep you in suspense. I mean, these are two excellent musicians on a song titled “NOBODY.” Anything is possible.
The single has been slated for release on the first day of June. Stick to SteezeHub.com to serve you with this exhilarating piece.