Flowking Stone Pulls A Mammoth Crowd to KCM With Oseikrom Shutdown Concert

Kumasi happens to be a city full of music lovers. However, for years now a mainstream artiste native of the Garden City hasn’t headlined a full concert. The rapper, singer and songwriter Flowking Stone gathered confidence to stage a concert dubbed “Oseikrom Shutdown Concert.” Before the event people doubted he could fill up the venue – Kumasi City Mall (KCM). But the “Go Low” hitmaker was able to prove doubters wrong. In a usual fashion, we review the event.

Performances: Upcoming artistes opened the stage up with short performances. Almost every serious upcoming musician was given the opportunity to climb the stage to display his/her talent. The Bantama Kings Club (BKC) guys and Steez Realm acts really moved the crowd with their energy-filled performances.

The “Problem” hitmaker, Guru brought the heat to the stage, further bringing out his NKZ signee Kin Paluta, who was introduced as the future of Kumasi music industry. Epixode busted some freestyles off the top when he quizzed the crowd to spell Flowking, and he’d use each alphabet to form lines live on stage. I had my mouth wide open when Strongman came on stage and the crowd couldn’t keep calm for a second, completing his famous lines, and singing along to all songs he performed.

The main action came up when the man of the event climbed up stage with a boxing costume, and introduced himself as the MC from thence. He called the “Gbee Naabu” hitmaker up on stage. Yaa Pono made the audience love him so much they didn’t want him to leave. Then came Stone’s brothers, Okyeame Kwame and Kunta Kinte. From ‘old skuul’ to ‘new skuul’, the artistes excited the crowd so wonderfully, and yeah, it was my first time watching them perform “Ksi Boys” live. Okyeame did an awesome thing by rapping to the audience’s handclap. Teephlow performed his hit songs, and brilliantly taught the audience to sing along a song which features Stone off the “Phlowducation EP.”

In all, I’d say performances witnessed would give a typical music lover satisfaction, but leave him/her a desire for more.

Stage, Lights and Sound: The stage was well mounted, and was fairly wide. It was clearly strong, as some dancers stomped their feet hard on the stage but didn’t give any sign of breakage. The lights were bright, well enough to see the crowd, and whoever was on stage. Good execution for the lighting! Spending most of my time backstage, I almost thought the sound was trash till I struggled to enter the crowd session and realized the sound was actually okay. There were technical hitches that wouldn’t let the event flow smoothly. It was the major down of the event, as it kept the background organizers very busy.

Although they’ve worked throughout the Christmas festivities, the MCs saw to it that the audience coming out to show support was not wasted. El Presidente and a host of others were on fire last Saturday. As usual, the DJs were unstoppable from doing what they do best.

Timing: Knowing well that the event wouldn’t be able to hold till daybreak, the event which performances started at 9:30 pm didn’t start early enough. There was a tall list of performers, so it’d have been better if it started earlier. The show had to end abruptly when there were a number of artistes backstage who had not performed.

Flowking Stone received the love he wanted, and was successfully able to hold a concert of his own, with the help of Bie Gya Bitters, Special Ice Mineral Water, RentAir, Zoomlion, Indomie, Icy Cup, etc. We only look up to the next great thing Flowking has for the garden city.

 

Photo credit: @twinsdntbeg @swagofafricanews  

DJ Slim Invades Kumasi With the Concert of the Year

DJ Slim also referred to as the Supreme Bigger Figure in association with Bie Gya bitters are set to give Kumasi an unforgettable treat with a concert dubbed “DJ Slim Invasion.” It’s December, and as expected there’s a line-up of activities to amuse the public. Award-winning disc jockey and presenter of Dryve Tyme on Y102.5 FM, Kumasi, DJ Slim brings A-list musicians all over Ghana to Kumasi. The concert which is assured of giving the people total enjoyment will be held at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Friday, 15th December, 2017, starting at 6 p.m.

Currently there are more than 50 artistes billed to perform, with the headline artistes being Yaa Pono & The Uptown Energy Family, Flowking Stone, Cabum, King Promise, Ko-Jo Cue, Lil Shaker, Eno, Joey B, Strongman, Bra Benk, NT4, Willie Maame, Koo Ntakra, Opanka, Ayesem, among others. The night will never be a bore looking at the list of DJs to keep you up on your feet throughout the night. Mark this date on your calendar, and make it a point to be part of this historical moment. And guess what? The event is absolutely FREE. What more could you ask for? For more updates on DJ Slim Invasion, follow our social media timelines, and check out the hashtag #DJSlimInvasion17

Photos: Ko-Jo Cue, Shaker & Other Stars Thrill Fans at “Pen & Paper” Album Concert

On Saturday, October 21, the BBnZ Live rappers, Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker staged a historical concert at Alliance Francaise. Releasing an album and having an album concert on the same day is something we don’t often see in Ghana. The love showed by fans for these artistes is exceptional. The 13-track “Pen & Paper” album was performed entirely on stage, with the featured artistes representing. Other artistes who thrilled fans included Pappy Kojo, KiDi, Kwame Eugene, B4Bonah, Magnom, Gemini, Darkovibes, Kiddblack, Cina Soul, and a lot more. The MC for the night was Kojo Manuel. One intriguing experience was when DJ Putin and DJ Lord had a live DJ battle. Check out photo highlights from the event below:

KiDi
Kwesi Arthur
L-R: Ko-Jo Cue, Shaker & Magnom
Pappy Kojo

Photo credit: FlyNimaBoy

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

BBnZ Live acts Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker have joined efforts, talent, creativity and everything in between to produce a full body of work for Hip-Hop enthusiasts in Ghana and around the world. Shaker who has been singing a lot lately, making hits such as “M’adakraa”, and gaining the title King Hook was influenced by his label mate Ko-Jo Cue to take it back to the days of rapping. Together, the two rap beasts have manufactured a 12-track album, with the title “Pen & Paper.”

When they dropped the first single off the project, thus the track titled “Pen & Paper”, social media went wild, in reaction to the brilliance of the video, lyricism and delivery displayed on it. It even got wilder when fans realized they’re getting a full body of work from the artistes. Speaking in an interview on Pulse Chat, the Oseikrom president, Ko-Jo disclosed that the title was inspired by the fact that before writing a rap song, you have to write the bars down using pen and paper. The album features “Odo” hitmaker KiDi, “Grind Day” crooner Kwesi Arthur, “My Baby” hitmaker Magnom, and Rumor, formerly of Skillions Records.

The album is currently up for pre-order for 10 cedis on aftownmusic.com and will be available for purchase on Saturday, 21st October, 2017. On the same day, that’s Saturday night, there’ll be a concert to officially launch the album at Alliance Francaise. Last year, the “Lavender” hitmaker Ko-Jo Cue staged a private concert dubbed “Cue for President” which was massively successful. We expect this year’s to be better and a ‘lituation’ situation.

The creative artistes will perform for the first time songs on the album, plus other hit songs of theirs. Other guests which shall be performing include the artistes featured on the album mentioned above. Also performing are Cina Soul, Kuami Eugene, B4Bonah, Gemini, Dope Nation, and a lot more surprise artistes. The event starts at 7 pm, and the rate is an affordable 30 cedis and 15 cedis for Alliance Francaise students. Tickets will be sold at the gate.

So mark your calendar and gear up to be thrilled come Saturday with an intriguing experience. Remember to come with a friend.

To pre-order the album, click here