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.

Photos+Video: President Akufo-Addo, Tourism Minister, Music Legends & Others Pay Paapa Yankson the Last Respect

Ghanaian highlife music legend, Paapa Yankson was given a state burial service at the Statehouse in Accra, with President Nana Akufo-Addo in attendance.

The 73-year old who had been sick for quite a while passed on in his sleep at his Dansoman residence couple of weeks back.

The Late Paapa Yankson was regarded at the 2017 Ghana Music Awards whiles on his wheelchair and guaranteed to release an album until his demise.

Likewise present at the burial service was the Minister of Creative Arts, Madam Catherine Afeku, who read a tribute about the fallen oak tree.

The bereaved family of the late Paapa Yankson expressed gratitude toward the President and the Creative Arts Minister for fulfilling their promises as they paid their last respect.

His well known songs included “Wiase Mu Nsem”, “Show Your Love”, “Wo Yere Anaa Wo Maame”, and “Tena Menkyen.”

Video credit: GhanaPoliticsOnline. Photo credit: AmeyawDebrah.com

Check out some hit singles from the late Paapa Yankson:

Read Paapa Yankson’s Biography

Ko-Jo Cue & Shaker Release “Pen & Paper” Album

After weeks of anticipation, the two BBnZ Live rappers, Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker finally drop the full album titled “Pen & Paper.” Fans of both rappers have been asking for an album, but the owl couldn’t have seen this joint all-rap album coming. Partly because Shaker had been singing a lot lately that the question “Ah Shaker dey rap?” is legit. The emcees finally come up with a 13-track solid project, which tackles diverse topics, such as politics in the music industry, ‘pressure’ to make big paydays from music, and a whole lot. The production on it will surely make enjoy the whole musical ride. Enjoy storytelling, lyricism, poetry, metaphors, punchlines, and what have you in a world of your own as “Pen & Paper” is put on repeat. The body of work features Kwesi Arthur, Magnom, KiDi, Kwabena Boham, and Ru. Production credits go to Vacs, BediDrumKits, Shaker, King Jamal, iPappi, and a lot more. Buy the full album here for 10 cedis only [bit.ly/2yxDbwP]

Ko-Jo Cue & Shaker Finally Drop “Pen & Paper” Album Tracklist

A day after releasing the second video off “Pen & Paper” album, the BBnZ Live acts, Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker have dropped the official tracklist. The 13-track rap album features “Odo” hitmaker KiDi, “Grind Day” crooner Kwesi Arthur, “My Baby” hitmaker Magnom, Cina Soul and Rumor, formerly of Skillions Records. The album is now up for pre-order here.

READ THIS: Ko-Jo Cue & Shaker To Launch “Pen & Paper” Album With Concert This Saturday

Check out the full tracklist with features and production credits from below:

1. Accra-Kumasi Rd. (Prod. By @prinxipappi)

2. Pen & Paper (Prod. By @lil_shaker)

3. Man Dey (Prod. By @vacsonit)

4. Uh Huh, Eh Heh (Prod. By @itskingjamal)

5. Pressure ft. @kidnamedru (Prod. By @itskingjamal)

6. High Me ft. Magnom (Prod. By @magnombeats)

7. Politics ft. Kwamena Boham (Prod. By @bedi_gh)

8. Up & Awake ft. @kwesiarthur_ (Prod. By @prinxipappi)

9. Me Ti Ate (Prod. By @k_wypa)

10. Just Know (Prod. By @prod.by.paq)

11. Things We Do 4 Love ft. @kidimusic (Prod. By @kojo_cue & @jaymera01)

12. Untitled (Prod. By @bedidrumkit)

13. Hmmmh ft. @cina_soul (Prod. By @jaymera01)

“Pen & Paper” Album Tracklist

 

Ice Box Releases “Like a Star 0.9” Cover Art & Tracklist

Ice Box announced his forthcoming project “Like a Star” on his social media platforms a couple of weeks ago and #LaS is the hashtag he has been using since. This project is set for release on 27th October. This is much expected because of his 2017 releases; “OvdaRoof” with Chief Kellz, “Is It Revenge… Best Served Cold EP”, “Free Smoke [B.O Mix]”, and a couple of features and performances on big platforms.

But before he drops the main project “Like a Star”, he’s decided to bless us with “Like a Star 0.9” to cool his audience because his last release was in May, and fans have starved too long for his art.

This is a 5-track EP and it features acts like Chief Kellz, Mr Jace, Kwesi Kevin and Jay Buzzles. Beats were produced by nORTHS, Trapgod and Southside. Apya mixed and mastered the project. All artworks were designed by Kweku Drew.

Follow Ice Box on his social media accounts to get all the updates on #LaS.
Facebook: Ice Box (http://www.facebook.com/ICEBOX.CNLSU/)
Twitter: icebox_cnlsu (http://www.twitter.com/icebox_cnlsu)
Instagram: icebox_cnlsu (http://www.instagram.com/icebox_cnlsu)
YouTube: Ice Box

Check out the cover art and tracklist below:

“Like a Star EP” Cover Art
“Like a Star EP” Tracklist

Watch Akan’s Mini Documentary Ahead of His Album “Onipa Akoma”

Ahead of his album release, the distinguished twi rapper, Akan has dropped a 15-minute documentary to give more insight to his yet-to-be-released album, “Onipa Akoma”, which directly translates to English as “human heart.” The video features short interviews with producers who worked project including MikeMillzOnEm, Yung Fly, Jayso, and other industry creatives who brought life to the album.

“Some two years after gaining ground with Akan EP, Akan is set to quench fans’ restless anticipation with the release of his debut album, ONIPA AKOMA. Akan’s continual growth and maturity is very evident on ONIPA AKOMA; which makes the music all the more enriching. This is food for thought; and more, food for the soul. Listen up!”

This documentary is brought to you by courtesy of Yoyotinz.

Birth of an Electronic Dance Music Community in Ghana

It’s been barely two months since the debut of Electric Vibez Carnival was held at the popular Chale Wote festival (an annual street art festival). The organisers of this carnival in association with EdmVibez.com and Level 8 Lounge have come up with another event to strengthen the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) community here in Ghana. This event, Networking in the sky : Electronic Dance Music community, is an event designed to bring producers, artistes, record labels, entertainment bloggers, graphic artistes, festival lovers, edm enthusiasts, etc. together to network, get to know each other, share ideas, and discuss the best ways to promote our African values in the Electronic Dance Music spectrum.

EDM is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves, and festivals. EDM is generally produced for playback by disc jockeys (DJs) who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix, by segueing from one recording to another. EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert or festival setting.

The event will have Mr. Benjamin le Brave, founder off Akwaaba Music, and Mr. Green Gafacci (a renowned producer) as panelists to lead discussions on promoting EDM in our local music market and means to help develop the EDM community. Also representing will be the Excuse Our Music (EOM) Collective, with special performances from a number of talented artistes currently not publicised.

The list of guest appearances from the Ghanaian music industry and EDM industry as a whole is endless. In view of that this is a huge opportunity to network and build connections.

The event will be held at Level 8 lounge, located at the 8th floor of the Airport One Square Building, in Airport City on Wednesday, 4th October 2017, and it starts at 7 pm.

For more updates, stay glued to the social media accounts below:
EDM Vibez:
Twitter : Edm_vibez
Instagram: Edmvibezofficial
Facebook: Edmvibezofficial

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Review of Paapa’s “Technical Difficulties Vol. 1” EP by AlexRepGH

Paapa has not done any major work after releasing the highly acclaimed ‘Songs for Kukua’. All his fans were more than excited when he announced his new project, “Technical Difficulties” on his Twitter page.  I mean who wouldn’t be? In his new project, he releases them in installment, and the first one is a 5-track EP. Paapa does nothing but classical, soulful music, which touch the soul, reverb and leaves an everlasting impression. And I bet you, his new project is nothing different from his usual.

He starts off with a great love song. It’s very difficult, perhaps a technical difficulty, to find out who really loves you in today’s world, in which the clause ‘I love you’ means nothing anymore. On ‘How will I know’, Paapa tries to address this difficulty; he tries to solve it maybe. Today, love has turned to be mere lip service. This is what Paapa meant in the opening line of ‘How Will I Know’- ‘Oh I heard you say you love me.’ He goes further to warn that, those are very heavy words and that we should be ready to keep your words in difficult times. ‘Would you be ready to carry these heavy words when they start to hurt?’ This rhetorical sum up what real love is supposed to be. ‘How will I know’ addresses one difficulty. This is not the only difficulty Paapa addressed on his new project.

Another very popular one, which could be right in front of you, is also addressed. On ‘Infront Of You’, Paapa talks about how dreamers stay dreamers. Today’s world is made of millennials who keep wake, dreaming big enough to change the world. Some of them are kept busy with their dreams such that ‘their pillows have been kind to them, but their mind won’t let them be.’- They are sleepless, ‘anxiety [about the future] so loud’ that they ‘can’t hear GOD’s symphony’. This act of most millennials is changing the globe for the better, but Paapa warns the millennials, and all dreamers alike, that they should be careful of the dreams they dream. He implies the possibility of never achieving one’s dreams, probably due to lack of focus. The words of a wise man that ‘Don’t let dreams blind you’ ‘Cause you go miss what dey infront of you’, were just the perfect choice of words to get the warning across effectively.

Back in high school, there was a book which could literally solve all mathematics questions. On the third track of Technical Difficulties 1, Paapa wants someone to call Aki Ola to answer certain questions. The questions posed have nothing to do with mathematics however, but everything to do with broken homes resulting from wars. Domestic wars, civil wars have undoubtedly created more broken homes than fictional love has created broken hearts. For this, Paapa calls on Aki Ola, who’s the king that Paapa presumes knows everything to answer all his whys. Aki Ola could also be any father who leaves a mother helpless and a child fatherless. The latter is not uncommon in today’s world, and Paapa could technically be using Aki Ola to address this issue.

Even though ‘Losers’ sounds like the result of all the difficulties addressed by Paapa so far, it has another theme on its own, which likewise addresses another difficulty the globe is facing. In a world where everyone thinks they are right, no human value- respect, honesty, obedience, and others, is left. Everyone is trying to win, in the end we will all be losers. He addresses scorn and pride on this track. You know, I know. We know we both would lose everything if we all try to win, but we try still. We can solve this, definitely by being together.

This brings us to the last track on the EP, ‘Together’. So let’s sing it together. Let’s dance together. ‘Let’s do this life together’, ‘Eat cake and have icing together’. Paapa suggests on the last track of the first instalment of his new project that, unity does the impossible. He admonishes everyone to forgive and forget and break bread together. He believes that if we do everything together, the world would be better- perhaps he would not need to address all the difficulties the world is facing, as he has done in the first four tracks. The best place on this earth is together!!!!

Without any doubt, the first instalment of Technical Difficulties is a masterpiece. Talk of JaySo’s mastering and that Adomaa’s mellifluous voice on ‘Infront Of You’ completes the work as nothing but a classic. Hope you enjoy it too.

Please make it a point to cop it when it drops!

Written by: Alexander Kwakye