BossBae Set To Release “Disease” EP, Featuring Epixode, Rudebwoy Ranking & Others

Stoner Record’s frontline act BossBae is ready to take over the scene with ‘Disease EP’.

The album which features dancehall giants like Epixode, Rudebwoy Ranking, Tsoobi and Nigerian act Toff Pandis promises to be one of a kind with BossBae’s ingenuity and one of a kind talent.

Affectionately called ‘International Bad Gyal’ by her fans, the ‘Disease EP’ is made up of 7 tracks which shows different sides to the Dancehall queenmother.

BossBae rose to limelight in 2016 with her cover of the famous ‘City’, originally performed by Alkaline and followed up with singles like ‘Bag A Hole’, ‘Ask Di Police’,’Tell Nuhin’ which featured Alvan Brown and a couple of awesome videos.

Although the release date is yet to be announced, BossBae promises that this year is certainly going to be fireworks as she has lots of works in stock for fans.

VGMA 2018: Reasons Why Dhat Gyal Should Win Unsung Artist Category

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.

Ps.: Facebook – Dhat Gyal  (www.facebook.com/dhatgyalmuzik)

Twitter – @DhatGyalMusic (www.twitter.com/dhatgyalmusic)

Instagram – @dhatgyal_africa (www.instagram.com/dhatgyal_africa)

YouTube – Dhat Gyal Africa

The Rise and Fall of Patapaa

Many artistes have come and gone. Some became legends, others were one hit wonders. I am beginning to fully believe that making a hit doesn’t have to do with a strategic formula. Sometimes it happens with luck, and the fame comes by chance. That’s the best way I explained to myself when Patapaa’s “One Corner” started making huge waves in the country, and spread like a virus. For a song which I couldn’t honestly listen to the end because of horrible production, that made me feel like getting exposed to something I’m allergic to, I least expected it to be appreciated by any ear. But the Ghanaian audience is unpredictable, hence it’s no magic for “One Corner” to become a nationwide hit, a party stopper and our soundtrack to a new favourite ‘crazy’ dance.

“One Corner” began making its way into people’s hearts and ears when social media accepted a dance which involved getting into an outrageous position to throw one’s waist around, with the song being played in the background. Anytime the DJ looped “One Corner” in a playlist, he/she was ready to contain the extreme crowd reaction. ‘Grindin’ at parties were redefined when the song of the moment came on. Radio started blasting the song on rotation, and would repeat it several times. Walk around, and it was as if pub operators were all instructed to entertain their customers with the song. Bloggers who were fast enough to upload it on their websites probably laughed to the bank those months. Yes! Patapaa’s “One Corner” was a massive hit. So massive that it ended up 4th in Google’s rankings in Nigeria. Now that’s news!

In an interview Patapaa granted to Joy News, I realized the guy may not look smart but his explanation to the concept of writing “One Corner” was intelligent, however he himself may not know. At every point in any artiste’s life, he/she can make a hit song, but to maintain that top spot is the deal. The musician who hails from Swedru quickly erupted to the top of the food chain, however we didn’t see him play a lot of shows in the concluding months of 2017. Why? He can answer best. But from where I sit I can boldly say it’s due to poor management.

Artiste management is very key in the commercial world. In essence, managers are in charge of running all aspects of the business side of an artiste’s career. Apparently, Patapaa’s manager and/or management team (if he even had one) was/were not serious and didn’t know how to handle the music business. At a point, Mr Meister, Ghanaian manager for international act Mr Eazi, realized how successful “One Corner” was in Nigeria. Meister arranged a meeting with Patapaa’s manager to see how best they can organize a tour in the country with the largest population in Africa, but the latter stood Meister up. Probably, he thought Meister wanted to use the brand Patapaa for his own financial gains. Other event organizers complained about huge charges proposed by the manager when being asked for a bill to perform. That’s why you didn’t see the young man’s picture on a lot of flyers this recent Christmas.

In this age where hit songs have short life spans and non-lasting expiry dates, it was unnoticeable watching “One Corner” get lost in the heat of the moment. The song doesn’t cause a much electrifying atmosphere anymore. His other follow-up singles are unknown. I’m not saying that’s the end of Patapaa, neither am I a prophet of doom. Don’t be too quick to tag it as hatred, I’m just being real. We’re in a new year which comes with its own competition. Will that be the end of Patapaa? Can he make another breakout song? Can he capture the feet of Ghanaians once more? We live to see.

Words by Joseph Aqweci Ofori 

Artiste, Luther Rebrands to LUTA

One of the smartest career moves is to be re-branded just as companies, non-profit organizations and even as government institutions do. With this, the former local artist Luther has been re-branded to an Afro-Pop/Reggae artiste with showbiz name LUTA.

As part of the artiste’s re-branding, he has gained a managerial body, Purple Soul Multimedia to move his career further.

In an interview with LUTA, he disclosed that he is a different person now. Though people know him very well with the former brand and label name Luther, he has developed significantly and brings a lot to cooperate Ghana and various stakeholders in the entertainment industry both locally and internationally.

According to the Afro-Pop/R&B artist, the world should look forward to his first single yet to conquer the airwaves on 1st February, 2018.

If you want to take your career to the next level, you need to re-brand yourself. You need to make it easy for peers, colleagues and employers to see your experience and recognize the value you can add to their projects and/or companies. In short, you need to make them want you.

Label name is still Luta (LuuGang) but under Purple Soul Multimedia with LUTA as brand name which takes effect today January 16, 2018 of which the public are urged to note.

E.L Has a Reason to be Mad at XXL Africa

E.L Has a Reason to be Mad at XXL Africa

On Friday, Jan 10, 2018, XXL Africa Magazine released a list of Favourite Hip-Hop Artists in Africa for 2017. And this is how the list goes:

  1. AKA
  2. Sarkodie
  3. Cassper Nyovest
  4. Phyno
  5. Nasty C
  6. M.I
  7. Kwesta
  8. Ice Prince
  9. Emtee
  10. M.anifest

XXL is a very popular American magazine, and as they spread their wings towards Africa, they decided to unveil this list via their Twitter account. The list actually went unnoticed in Ghana, before the country’s very own, Elom Adablah, popularly known as E.L reacted to a tweet quizzing people what they think about the awards.

From an insulting reply he gave to a Ghanaian music fan, everything indicated that E.L wasn’t happy about the list. The question is, does E.L really deserve to be in that list?

Let’s take a look at E.L’s musical journey, to answer the question well. The VO Nation signed artiste came into the limelight by slaying hooks for mainstream artistes, back in 2009. His breakthrough songs were “azonto” songs. Talk about “Obuu Mo Na” and “One Ghana.” Fast forward 2013, E.L put out a classic Hip-Hop mixtape titled BAR (Best African Rapper). He then followed with the mixtape-themed concert, the BAR Concert at the Alliance Francaise in Accra. Fan favourite, “American Passport” earned him the Best Rapper award at the 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs).

The sophomore to the BAR sequel was widely accepted, as it breathed life into the Ghanaian Hip-Hop scene. And that was just a year later. He revealed in BAR II that he had to sell out on his first love Hip-Hop to be able to grab the attention of the masses by doing a lot of Afrobeats, but he really wanted to serve Hip-Hop to his fans. He held a better concert at a larger venue, World Trade Center, in Accra. The event brought together all Hip-Hop acts and fans to have a moment that had been lost for so many years in Ghana.

He didn’t sleep after that, releasing BAR III and IV in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The BAR mixtape series has become a tradition. Although the latter didn’t generate huge feedback from audiences, it doesn’t affect the fact that the music was actually good.

None can emphatically state that E.L is not a good rapper. Technically he may not be the best, but for someone with brilliant delivery, blessed with literary techniques, lyricism, and an ideal voice, what more can you ask for?

E.L hasn’t done much outside Ghana, not even in South Africa and Nigeria, but has done a lot in Ghana as far as Hip-Hop is concerned. He still creates lovely Afrobeats songs, despite claiming to be a Hip-Hop act, and that’s what critics have against him. But you can’t blame the “Koko” hitmaker. In an industry like Ghana’s, an artiste may have to compensate by having an alter ego of himself in a hitmaker character.

Hip-Hop is not accepted nationwide. To keep relevance in the game, he decides not to do solely Hip-Hop, and that’s E.L’s master plan. He wouldn’t have won 2016 VGMA Artiste of the Year if he didn’t have “Mi Naa Bo Po” and “Koko” (both Afrobeats songs) on heavy rotation, although he released the well accepted BAR II that same year.

2017 wasn’t such a good year for E.L as far as Hip-Hop is concerned, but so was the case for a number of the acts on the list, such as M.I, M.anifest, and Ice Prince. The Osu Mami president would have been a good fit for the Favourite Hip-Hop African Acts list. XXL Africa Magazine is clearly now gaining grounds in the continent. For a brand that released this list via their unverified Twitter account with less than 2,000 followers, I wonder why E.L is going haywire over it… and why am I even still typing this?

Words by Joseph Aqweci Ofori 

Video credits: Ameyaw Debrah, E.L (YouTube)

Why Sarkodie May Never Win a Grammy

Undoubtedly Ghana’s most decorated musician, BET and MTV award winner, and one of the most influential personalities of our time, Sarkodie has hinted several times about his desire to win a Grammy— on “Original” and other songs. Upon being the African rapper with the most awards, Sarkodie believes the highest he can go is to kiss a Grammy trophy. But I always wonder if that’s possible.

I thought Michael Owusu-Addo (real name) had given up on those dreams till quite recently, in a freestyle with Strongman, he made that statement again. Has Sarkodie really taken time to think about the possibility of him walking up that stage to grab the award?

Angelique Kidjo

It’s quite sad to face the fact that there are only 7 Africans who have won Grammys since the awards show started in 1959. GRAMMYs happens to be the most enviable and topmost awards scheme in the world presented by The Recording Academy. That’s to say if a musician wins a Grammy he/she is considered to have reached the peak of his/her career. It’s noticeable that the only categories that African performers are able to occupy and win are Best World Music Album and Best Contemporary World Music Album categories. The history-making musicians who have won Grammys as Africans are: Ali Farka Toure (Mali), Lady Smith Black Mambazo (South Africa), Tinariwen (Mali), Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Wouter Kellerman (South Africa), Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa), and Angelique Kidjo (Benin).

In 2016, Stonebwoy’s “Livingstone EP” was considered by The Recording Academy but couldn’t make the final nominations cut. Same happened to Blakk Rasta this year. This year, the closest Stonebwoy can get to a Grammy win is if Morgan Heritage wins the Reggae Album of the Year. Rocky Dawuni happens to be the first Ghanaian to be have a full nomination, in 2016, but he lost out. And Killbeatz? His alleged Grammy nomination is debatable.

Considering Sarkodie, a rapper (and once-in-a-while singer) who does the genres Hiplife and Hip-Hop, he stands almost no chance of winning a Grammy. Looking at the list mentioned above, they do mostly traditional and folk music filled with indigenous cultural sounds and rhythm. The closest Sarkodie has been to that is his 3rd studio album, “Mary.” In my review of “Mary”, I made mention that I thought Sarkodie would use the live recorded Highlife/Hiplife album to reach the Grammy heights he has always been talking about. But the body of work didn’t make a huge impact even in Ghana.

Hip-Hop is an untouchable genre as the United States rappers themselves compete very keenly even to gain nominations. I mean, a legendary rapper like Nas, and the current generation’s favourite, J. Cole have no Grammys to their names. So who is Sarkodie to go near that spot? To hit the nail right on its head, Sarkodie’s music does not suit any category in the Grammys as it stands. The only way he can get close to winning a Grammy is if he does pure cultural music which makes an impact in the whole of Africa (which I doubt is going to happen), or if The Recording Academy creates another category that will favour him. Another chance is to get featured on an album nominated (and won) in a category which is awarded to all featured artistes. Till then, Sarkodie’s Grammy dream may forever remain a dream.

Words by Joseph Aqweci Ofori

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. 

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

Rich Miller Delves Deep Into His “NDILIDI” Album Art

Hardworking and talented musician Rich Miller is more concerned about feeding his listeners with full body of works than singles. He’s the type of artiste that likes engaging his audience with interesting conversations in the form of soulful yet invigorating rap music. His previous instalment “The Steppin” caught the attention of rap lovers.

After making trends with singles like “Ride With Me”, Rich Miller is here with another body of work which bears the title of his favourite catch statement, “Nobody Do It Like I Do It”, abbreviated as “NDILIDI.” The wordsmith took time to explain the concept behind the artwork of his album.

The white nature or colour of the album signifies truth and victory at same time.

RichMiller’s face in the picture depicts consciousness that runs through the songs on the album. E.g., Depression, Relax, Lord forgive me, etc.

The dairy with the pen literary means he wrote reality or daily life activities and made it music.

The clock beside him which didn’t fully appear clarifies that his time to take over is now coming.

His legs are in white socks and up on the chair to establish a point that he’s not stepping down now as a king or a leader of a new generation.

The back cover artwork has his t-shirt down with the inscription “NOBODY DO IT LIKE I DO IT” which has been abbreviated as NDILIDI.

“NDILIDI” is an 8-track EP which features Hotboy DNA, Toff Dawg and Tina, with post-production handled by 1Kwame, and some beats produced by Krizick and Phredxter. The EP is set for release on Friday, 8th December, 2017.

Follow Rich Miller on all social media platforms @1RichMiller, and watch this space for the potential classic.