Ko-Jo Cue Grabs 3 VGMA Nominations, For the First Time

“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.

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