The 19th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was held last night, April 14, 2018 at the Accra International Conference center. One interesting moment of the awards night is who wears what, the good and bad outfits put up for the show. Check out pictures from the red carpet. Enjoy!
Ghana’s rap heavyweight Flowking Stone took a different turn this time and he laid some dope rap bars on a dance beat with ‘One Corner’ hit maker Patapaa. Hinting his fans and followers on Twitter Flowking Stone tweeted “If u haven’t heard @patapaa_amisty spit hot bars yet, wait for this new jam #shakefordaddy #banger Close sources revealed the song might be called Shake For Daddy and will have a follow up video to it soon after its release.
Do we have a #ShakeForDaddyChallenge coming up on social media
We’ve not been so much into 2018, but some artistes in the Ghanaian music scene are making waves whilst others are missing in action. To maintain relevance in the industry qualifies as one of the most difficult tasks in the game. This is probably because in Ghana, a musician has to keep dropping songs to keep his/her name in the discussion. So once an artiste goes off the public scene to perfect his/her craft, or for whatever reason, such person is considered to have fallen off. We take a look at some of these artistes who have been off the radar this year.
Born Darlington Kwesi Agyekum, D-Cryme, the CEO of Twi Pop Records has for some time now not been active. After the hit single “Koko Sakora” which featured Sarkodie he later released another tune titled “I Swear” in January 2018, but didn’t really receive that much attention. Thereafter, we haven’t really heard much about him. I believe he’s cooking something delicious for us.
Second on our list, Eazzy, whose real name is Mildred Ashong has also for some time now not really being active in the music scene after her song with the self-acclaimed Dancehall king Shatta Wale, titled “Power.” Eazzy d’first lady, please we miss your voice wai.
Next is Akoo Nana, the Kasoa youth president. He has also been missed by his fans in Kasoa, around Ghana and the world. After his single with Shatta Wale in 2017 “Super Love” and also some controversies with Musican Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), we haven’t heard from him again.
Gemini Orleans has also been missing for some time now. Although the closest he has got to fame is “I’ll Do, Don’t Do”, it seems as though he’s totally giving up now. No one has been bold and skilled enough to take up his seat as fastest Ghanaian English rapper. In my humble opinion, I believe he should load up more bullets… the game needs his fire.
Donzy Chaka after you gave us “Club” to drink and taking our “Heart Away” in 2017, you forgot us, right? We miss Donzy’s exceptional storytelling, and excellent lyricism. How he weaves to appeal to the local ears isn’t common.
Finally, on our list is Michael Kesse Frimpong better known by his stage name Kesse. After winning the fourth season of TV3 mentor and also partook in season two of MTN’s Project Fame West Africa and was the second runner up to the Nigerian singer Chidinma, he hasn’t really blown up to most corners of the country, that’s after dropping some singles with Sarkodie and Appietus has not really been active.
We await your art, we miss your sonic remedy. Please get back to the studio and feed our hunger.
Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody & harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of which are sometimes termed the “color” of a musical sound.
To the average Kumasi artiste, this may sound too complex or probably, just another grammarian trying to give huge names to simple things. But trust me, this is the same everywhere. Before I talk about the topic in discussion, let me take a paragraph to tell you small about my experience that pushed me to write this post.
I, as many people in Kumasi has known me to be, has been a media personality for over twelve years and still on it. I have been so inquisitive and have been trying to fix the “Kumasi Music” industry, which most think doesn’t exist, but trust me, there is.
My experimentations led me into organizing a campaign “Kumasi Must Rise” which met quite an audience, but due to the “African PHD” power, I had to put a pause to watch it go down the drain. And to this, I say Kumasi can rise but the people.
It takes more than just the writing, recording and distributing of the music we do. If I may be certain at this, as far as I am aware, there are three stages to make music worthy or “successful”. I paraphrased the word successful, because, today, success doesn’t have one meaning. Success is defined by the person expecting it. This is one reason why most people do not see how powerful their products/music could be. These are just a few of my evaluation as an artist manager in Kumasi, met and has given me a broaden knowledge on how the average Kumasi musician sees music.
Most of my Kumasi people in this music game thinks this music thing is a family possession. They think since they do their music, if you are his or her family member, or whatsoever to him/her, you should be a fan of his music. They assume that if you know him personally, you owe him or her that automatic fan loyalty. This is a big NO. Music is a religion. Give me a reason to keep on following what you preach and I will find you other fishers of men. Nobody owes anyone in this music industry. If there is one thing I have learnt walking with successful artists who are not Kumasi-based, it is their sense of knowing music is more of a religion.
My Kumasi brothers think it’s either you get endorsed by a more successful musician that makes you relevant. They mostly think putting a prominent musician on a song would fetch you that fan base loyalty. This idea tickles me anytime I talk about it.
My Kumasi musicians are all about rap and punchlines. This has always been our doom. Even Kumasi singers want to “punch” in a love song; a love song is to make the listeners remember their love life (either in a good way or a bad way). This punchlines thing has made most of our songs lose that element that could fetch us better attention of investors. And I can say boldly that, most of my Kumasi people know less of what goes into a proper song arrangements.
Every Kumasi musician wants to be the leader or king or queen of what they are doing. My Kumasi musicians lack the sense of business in this music industry. They think this music thing is a social media, where everyone can be your friend. They see it to be more of a fun relieve than a business. So, an artist can boldly tell you that, he sings what he feels and that is what he/she wants to do. My dear, you cannot go to the law court and tell the house that you are a lawyer, and you feel an accused is guilty or not. You would have to study the case, know what the people want to hear from you and present it well. That is music.
Until you plan on how to record, release and promote your music, you are just an apprentice trying to outsmart his/her master. My Kumasi people do not even know how and where to promote their music. Most of them think putting the songs on their social media timelines would magically make the song a success. It takes more than that my dear brothers and sisters.
My last and most important point is that, my Kumasi musicians think that, in the other cities, like Accra, everyone is together helping each other. My brother, my sister, this is a fallacy. It is never done anywhere on this earth. Not even outside Ghana. You can never unite every musician in the expense of meeting a successful music industry. It has always been “each man for himself” from the day Adam ate the forbidden fruit. Wise up and work harder for what you want. Don’t expect anyone to do your hard work for you; build from the ground.
I would put a pause here and come back with another article or better, a video of myself talk about this on a radio or television’s entertainment show. You may hit my DM or contact me on any of my social media pages (@DzeBossOnEm or Dze Boss Tunez) if you need assistance or more breakdown of my posts. Don’t forget that, music is business, religion and entertainment at the same time. Know what you want as a musician and do what it takes to have it.
“GMAs I never missed it, watching rappers spit and saying one day e go be me on the stage” – Ko-Jo Cue (Reminisce).
We share different opinions about the credibility of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), but whatever be the case, it stands to be the most important and most rated award scheme in the Ghanaian music industry. To land a VGMA nomination is a big deal. It takes a lot of hardwork, dedication and everything in between to get to that stage.
The artiste, Ko-Jo Cue has been doing music since 2010. He has 8 mixtapes and a joint album with Shaker to his credit. Ko-Jo Cue is a name which is synonymous to ‘excellent rapper.’ For years now, he has worked extremely on perfecting his craft, and has built a cult fan base. For two years now, he has sold out his own organized concerts at Alliance Francaise. Yes, people who are stans of him travel and queue to purchase ticket to have a relief of their musical thirst. Signed to BBnZ Live, his song “Lavender” which featured E.L propelled him to a huge audience in Ghana. Although his songs may have not blown up to reach every corner in Ghana, he has listeners all over who pay attention to his music.
For years now, Ko-Jo Cue had not been submitting his songs to the VGMA board for consideration, due to lack of interest and other reasons best known to him. This year, Young Daddy Lumba submitted his projects, and has been able to land 3 solid nominations for the categories “Best Rapper of the Year” with his verses on the ‘Pen & Paper’ single, “Music Video of the Year” with the visuals to the single ‘Pen & Paper’, and “Hip-Hop Song of the Year” with the song ‘Pen & Paper.’
2017 happened to be a good year for the rapper, and I’m sure 2018 will open even more doors. We wish the rapper all the best in his nominations, and hope he gets a slot to perform at the main event.
The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) 2018 nominations were unveiled on Saturday, 3rd March, 2018. One category that people have paid attention to in recent times is the Unsung category. This is because artistes who get win in this category tend to blow up within that year. Quick examples are MzVee and Kuami Eugene.
Dhat Gyal is a humble, hardworking and talented singer who commenced her music career in 2017 by doing mashups of songs. Due to her dexterity displayed, she broke the internet, gaining tens of thousand instant views on Facebook alone with a lot of positive remarks, when the post wasn’t even sponsored. She followed up with her own written single “Mayweather” which was premiered on GH One TV. Since then she has been interviewed on various radio and television stations across different regions in Ghana. Her sophomore single, “Any Man” continues to make waves.
When Big Shaq hit the internet with his official video for “Man’s Not Hot”, Dhat Gyal was right there at number 2 on the Top Trending Videos on YouTube. There’re two things with becoming a mainstream artiste. Some are forced down our throats, others genuinely build their fan base, and expand their territory. Dhat Gyal is a type of the latter. Video by video, song by song, she gains new fans. With various criticisms being thrown at her, she keeps winning.
The Unsung category was created to introduce nominees and the winner to a larger audience. Nominees get to perform at the Nominees Jam which will be held at Cape Coast. The winner shall also perform at the VGMA main event night.
Stay glued for how to vote for Dhat Gyal to win in this category.
In Ghana, the music scene is filled with a great deal of mainstream acts. However, there are a triple of that number in the upcoming front who are putting all efforts together to make it to the top. It’s as though they’ve created a virtual world for themselves which seem to be growing and welcoming a new member each day.
In the storm of the struggle to achieve greatness, here comes The Come Up show with Sebor. This programme is meant to give a platform for upcoming artistes to sell their craft or get heard and also for already established acts to tell their come-up story which can go a long way to guide and motivate others.
The Come Up will have a segments where artistes get to have live studio performances.
The presenter for the show, Sebor is the co-host & producer of the Dryve Of Your Lyf & the host of entertainment magazine show Lift Off on Saturdays which airs on Y102.5 FM.
The show will have it’s early releases on YouTube. Stay tuned for more information, and anticipate greatness.
I define RAP as Rhythmic Afro-American Poetry. A rapper is a poet on a beat. Rap is a beautiful form of art. You wouldn’t have to wait for 30 seconds for one to finish a sentence. A lot can be discussed with 3 verses. I love rap! We’ve had rap legends, from Reggie Rockstone, to Obrafour and Okyeame Kwame. Although still not highly mainstream, rap continues to be loved by most music consumers in Ghana. Our biggest acts are mostly rappers. Sarkodie took over the rap scene in 2008, when he dropped that everlasting verse on “Keva.” Thence, a lot of rappers, especially the upcoming ones have mirrored his style. In 2009/2010, almost every rapper sounded like Sarkodie because he was the new rap standard.
With the definition of rap, and listening to Sark’s verses, I’d like to pose in the question, does Sarkodie really rap? Why is he loved so much by Ghana? Is he the best Ghanaian rapper?
One of the reasons why I love rap so much is that there are standards which one can use to determine whether one is a good rapper or not. The elements of rap are lyricism, poetry, concept, substance, punchlines, delivery and rhyming. Just as poetry is deep, rap is supposed to be deep. The beauty of listening to a rap project is having to discover something new every time you listen to it, and deciphering encrypted lines with multiple listens. Sarkodie is not that type of rapper. But the thing is, the average Ghanaian is not that type of listener.
The days that proverbs were much hailed are over. The youth of today don’t even want to race their minds with riddles. They prefer issues presented in the raw form, uncovered. That’s what Sarkodie brings to the table. He talks of relevant issues and current happenings with a touch of humour so well that you would love to hear more. His delivery ability is second to none, actually one of the best I’ve heard in the whole world. His rhyme scheme is of good standard. He’s not a punchline rapper who drops metaphors and a lot of literary devices in his verses. Due to that, some rap heads never enlist him as a topmost emcee, but that’s a negligible percentage of the audience.
No matter one’s age, you can relate to Sarkodie’s rap. He doesn’t disturb you with heavy vocabulary. He’s a representative for rap lovers in the ghetto, streets, ‘dadabee’ girls circles, and even staunch Hip-Hop heads. In the end, he’s a musician. The best music is necessarily relatable. The receiving end has to get an emotional connection to what is said in the song. Sarkodie weaves his verses so well in the Ghanaian setting, making it well picturesque.
Other rappers have tried to connect with the Ghanaian audience, but they never reach the level of Sarkodie, because he touches the heart of Ghanaians, and tells their stories. He publicly speaks their solemn and wild thoughts alike. Your punchlines ‘dey borst brains’ but Sarkodie’s verses are our words spoken by someone who understands us.