THE CUTS: EP 02 Vol. 5

THE CUTS is your weekly round-up of songs and videos that has caught our attention and think you must hear or see. The music featured aren’t genre specific. THE CUTS is delivered every FRIDAY

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Kwame Write – Homeless Minds 

One of the saddening sights in most cities, no matter the level of development, are the homeless folks. Unfortunately, no one seems to care about them. Thier plight forms the basis of ‘Homeless Minds, a spoken word piece by Kwame Write. With Ebo Taylor’s horns adorning ‘Heaven’ (re-created by Yung Fly)  swirling beneath his voice, Kwame Write brings their plight to of the fore: ‘he reads me the arcane trade laws negotiating pain/ a newspaper spread covers his head, but in the newspapers his painful story is not shared’. The visuals are random snapshots of both ordinary and homeless people in Paris, France. Kwame Write’s socio-political consciousness is pervasive on his recently released EP, ‘Bloodlines’.
DJ Vision feat Samini – Like December 


I love the Samini I’m hearing. He sounds so comfortable and glorious on this Juls produced single. For a while, I’ve wondered when Samini of 5 years ago would pop up again, dishing out dope material(s) for his fans. Thankfully, DJ Vision’s ‘Like December’ could be the launch pad for Samini to invigorize his career. ‘Like December’, rides on the DJ Juls sound- mellow afrobeat chops blended with infectious highlife rhythms. The song is an idolization of a woman’s features: ‘your body, your body o/e dey make me mental’. Given the unstoppable Shatta Wale train and Stonebwoy’s continuous streak of hits, Samini’s glow has dimed in comparison. Currently, the panache and ingenuity that often surrounded his previous songs is missing. He seemed to be playing catch-up. On ‘Like December’, not only is Samini reminding us he has the glow that endeared many to him, but DJ Vision is making a formidable statement that, he knows how to make bangers- 3 solid hits in a row.
Falz – Jeje

Nigerian rapper Falz ‘The Bahdguy’ took advantage of his visit to Ghana, last month, off the back of the Ghana Meet Naija Concert to shoot a video for ‘Jeje’. The mid-tempo danceable song earned a highly impressive video to match its tone. Shot around Jamestown (which has become a favorite music video spot), the video follows Falz as he falls in love: he sees a girl whom he liked, had a convo with her and goes and pick her up from a cafe where she works as a waiteress. The video has some incredible technical qualities: the angles of shots, the location (Jamestown), the pictures isn’t excessively colour graded like the many on our screens; there’s seamless continuity in the story being told. The video is visually appealing.

Alex Wondergem – Off The Dome


‘Off The Dome’ is a 5 track, 10 mins 52 seconds EP by Alex Wondergem, a producer, DJ and rapper. It’s his debut work aimed at showcasing his talents and also let his thoughts run free over various issues. He states his mission on the opening track God, rapping with such rapidity. Half-Co Flow (a slang for mixed race, which he is) has him rapping over J.Cole’s ‘Back To The Topic’ instrumentals (J.Cole sampled from Cassie and P.Diddy’s ‘Must Be Love’). Man Dem is a shot at haters and hypocrites. Kwahme Flex drops a patios/dancehall hook. Alex talks about the pressures of life on Under Pressure and success on It’s Like A Video Game, where he raps ‘the fire inside won’t ignite unless you search for the light’;  a reminder to find your inspiration. Alex, whose collaborative efforts with neo-soul artiste Eli Muzik resulted in the bold, unapologetical “Buying Our Freedom” EP comes off more as Terrence Martins than DJ Khaleed on ”Off The Dome”
bigBen – Princess

bigBen got introduced to Ghanaians off the back of ‘Do My Own’ by M.anifest. He released the video for his single ‘Princess’-a song that carries a ‘this is why I love you’ theme: ‘I got everything that you need so give me yourself‘. The visuals aren’t mind blowing except for those water over glass haziness (don’t know how best to describe it) employed for some of the scenes. bigBen may not be such a huge force within the music circles yet, but his style of singing- a mix between traditional highlife, dancehall and urban afropop- could be a factor in his future success.
MzBel feat Fimfim – Swag

MzBel should be grateful for whoever ghostwrote and made the reference track for this song. Her rapping was spotless-a quality she has never possessed (by her standard). She raps sometimes yes, but it has never triumphed over this one. ‘Swag’ features rapper Mfimfim (he produced it). As the title suggest, ‘Swag’ is a credential boasting song with MzBel identifying herself as the real ‘boss chick’. MzBel’s popularity has been fueled largely by her controversial acts than her musical exploits so it’s obvious she’s trying to make herself relevant again. Whether it would bring her swag back (pun intended) within the music space is something I doubt. But, who knows. 

THE CUTS: EP 02 Vol. 4

THE CUTS is your weekly round-up of songs and videos that has caught our attention and think you must hear or see. The music featured aren’t genre specific. THE CUTS is delivered every FRIDAY

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Ria Boss – Golden

Ria Boss is a sensational singer and artistic impressario. Not only was her EP ‘Finding Your Free’ a brilliant collection of soulful ballads that flicks with refreshing elixir, her artistic qualities diverge from what is the norm. ‘Golden’, the first track from her EP receives a visual treatment. With Amartei Armar behind the directors camera, the video draws on a very important part of our history as Ghanaians and Africans: Slavery. Ria Boss, with chains around her neck and legs, sings about breaking the shackles that hold one back. ‘Just let go of how the past hurt your heart/Try to grow from where the ashes burned’, she sings. The video was shot in a slave dungeon where the darkness of the place was lighted by a series of candles. Radiant, alluring and golden (pun intended); that’s what the video for Golden evokes. ‘It’s on you/do you wanna be foolish in love?’, she ask on the chorus.

Dadie Opanka – Wedding Car

Dadie Opanka is one of those highly regarded rappers within the ‘underground’ circles. Like a flash of lightening, he has occasionally flashed across the mainstream sky. The fortunes of the Tema based rapper may change thanks to his wedding themed love song, ‘Wedding Car’. This afopop, danceable song is a far departure from his trademark- rap with saturated punchlines. The light-heartedness of ‘Wedding Car’ is reflected in the humor sprinkled video. Opanka proposes to a lady in the video. The humorous part is seen during the marriage ceremony and his unveiling of his wedding car-a worn out, dirty looking pick-up with a weak engine. With the necessary push, ‘Wedding Car’ could become a jam and Opanka’s balloon to fame. PS: Did anyone see the magic a waved car key did on the future mother-in-law (Amanda Jisseh)? 

EFYA- Until The Dawn

Afro-dancehall rhythms​ with root-rock reggae guitar chops from Maleek Berry’s production boards is what EFYA steams her vocals over. ‘Until The Dawn’ is a love song with EFYA sharing what he has in store for her lover: ‘I wanna make love to you/Until the break of Dawn’, she intones. The video concept is simple: EFYA suffers a vehicular breakdown. A young male comes along to help fix it. We see them in this Rihanna-Work-styled rave. The Prince Dovlo and Hassan Beiruthy directed video captures some beautiful scenes: the green scenic views and the overall choice of location added to the appeal. A good advert for eco-tourism. Question: where did EFYA’s helper emerge from though?

Odunsi (The Engine) – RnB Odunsi

Trapsoul influenced with strong guitar riff. Synths moderately sprinkled over a mid-tempo drum bubbling beat. Odunsi, one of the highly rated Nigerian artistes, tries to deflate the fears of a lady who thinks ‘RnB guys no good for me‘ by assuring her of his devotion: ‘said you need some time/I’m ready when you wanna get me’. It’s a known view that, RnB artistes are players and handing out your heart to them is as risky as placing a bet on Liverpool to win the English Premier League next season. ”RnB Odunsi’ is an attempt at demystifying the notion of RnB artiste as players. Even though I’m still not sold on Odunsi’s singing prowess, his productions are always spotless. His debut EP ‘TOOLS’ reveals that. This new ‘RnB Odunsi’ continues on that path.

Stargo – Mirror

There’s this element of relatability when Stargo chooses to rap in twi. Last I heard him rap in twi was on ‘Super Glue’ off his 2016 G.O.D. EP. He returns to the format on the Mike MillzOn’Em produced ‘Mirror’. It carries an afropop tune with a bit of rock fervour courtesy the electro guitar synths. Rapping entirely in twi, Stargo bemoans the betrayal of his love and trust. The accompanying video has him at a fringe role (the focus wasn’t on him much). The two female characters lead the story. ‘Mirror’ reveals a contrasting image: the rooms look old and delapidated; the bathroom with it’s broken tiles against the elegantly dressed ladies. The setting on fire of the rose flowers, the clothing of the ladies (red and black) and the fire scene reveal the death of a love affair. 

SquYb feat Talaat Yartey – Obeleke

If there’s one thing trap music has done, it’s handing people the believe that they can rap. There are some are constantly nailing it (Dex Kwasi,AYAT, Klu). For some, the beat does the trick for them. Obeleke by SquYb and Talaat is an example of the latter. I don’t know what the title means so I’d avoid any explanation. The video is nothing exceptional. The location, the colour separation (well doped pink flowers) and the shaking screen when the 808s bang or ad-libs drops are the only standouts from the video.

THE CUTS: EP 02 VOL. 3

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Worlasi – Too Naughty

Most albums do have that one song that could be described as the ‘nerve ending’ of the album. They usually aren’t flamboyant in sound or production. Their essence and quality lies in the depth of message and ordinariness of their production. ”Too Naughty” fit that description. It’s one of the songs off worlasi‘s 2015 released debut Nus3 which holds so much truth: the ups and downs of life especially that of the non-conformist (we no dey sati/true hustlers). Even though the song is a dedication to all ‘prodigals’, it’s equally about Worlasi and his optimism for the future. Whiles his compatriots were riding the newest wave in their quest to be successful, he chose a different path: to dwell in his ‘unpopular’ brand of music.  The accompanying video (released yesterday) is shot using a monochromatic approach (greyscale). Worlasi sings, the passion drawn on his face. His words are choreographed by Elisabeth Sutherland. Despite the stern face he wears when singing, his eye contact exudes a desirable warmth that matches his state of zen. It’s worth mentioning the impressive use of light by the director Idris Solomon-only the figures were illuminated although the beam could have been a bit intense. The fading out of act was seamless. No aesthetics were used to enhance its appeal. ‘Too Naughty’ is different from the previous videos we’ve seen from Worlasi-Nukata and One Life. In simplicity lies beauty is affirmed by this video. The words, however, ring loud: you got it all/ We ain’t got shit but life goes on… I for hate but all you got dey motivate me’. 

Joey B feat Darkovibes – Ranger

The music and videos Joey B is releasing lately are brilliant, different and refreshing. They carry an alluring appeal – there’s simplicity in both the imagery and storylines with sublime elements open for interpretations. On ”Rangers”, his latest outing, off his week old EP Darryl, we see Joey B running across a large grass field. Ranger is a song about the unpredictability of life, running a good race whiles noting the various obstacles on your way: ‘No one knows tomorrow/ All the things you worked hard for/ Everything is borrowed’. There’s also a point of reassurance: ‘no matter what you doing/ You’d succeed/ |Don’t you know life is full of blessings‘. Fast rising artiste Darkovibes, comes through to flesh up the song with his energy and positivism.  The cross, the green field, the revving motorbike engine and fading sun have hidden meanings: God (faith), bursting energy and reaching the desired destination. Unlike in Sunshine, Joey B ditches the cowboy garbs for casual clothes. I don’t know what Joey B has been through but lyrics such as these aren’t mere words: I just do my thing/I never ever stop/ God came through for me/Cold days turn sunny breeze’. There’s more to it.

Kuvie feat Zepora & Darkovibes – Deep

When Kuvie, one of Ghana’s prime producers released his EP ”Senses” some months ago, ‘Deep’ was one of the songs that readily caught people’s attention. Placing Zepora and Darkovibes on the song was obviously a good decision. Their effort was splendid. And it’s even more splendid in the video for ‘Deep’. Directed by Kofi Awuah, the two artistes lived the lyrics of the song on screen. The drone shot of the Busua light house and the motorbike ride aside, the colourful nature of the visuals along with the expressions of love (acting) between the two truly reflected the theme of the song. ‘Deep’ is the first single off ‘Senses’ with a video. The setting of the sun (latter end of the video), the inviting sea added to the scenic appeal of the video. Oh Kuvie made a cameo too. In short, ‘Deep’ has so much sauce. This video has me contemplating a visit to Busua beach and Prampam. 

Kwame Write – Protruded Plastics

2014 we had 17,000 Cholera cases, 150 deaths’, Kwame Write reminds us of this scary statistics born largely out of our inability (as people and nation) to keep our environment clean of waste matter. For years, plastic waste has been the greatest enemy of this country yet little efforts are being made to address this environmental menace. Teaming up with Wanlov Cini, Kwame Write brings to our attention- not only in words but visuals the plastic menace engulfing our drains, water bodies and our cities. Wanlov shot the video using iPhone 7 in black and white (for effect) and the video frame carried this ’70s feel. Advocates of environmental sanitation have proposed a ban on the use of plastic materials yet government seem not to be taking any serious action towards tackling the situation.  Until such a measure(s) come into effect, the bare-chested Kwame Write indulge us to: ‘cover the gutters of your mind/Let Ghana rise’.

B4Bonah feat Sarkodie – Dear God Remix

This is the second official remix to Dear Good-the first remix has Kojo-Cue. Now, Sarkodie has hopped on Dear God again for another remix. This came with a video.  A ‘wailing’ B4BONAH enumerate some  of the challenges fa es like a new comer on the a scene. The video also reflect the expectations and reality of an upcoming artiste- how they are treated before and after becoming successful. For instance, the part where he get rejected​ by a label and forced to go indie is one part many artistes may relate to it. Every upcoming act wishes to be treated like a stae and not a pest, this the reason why the hook of Dear God reaonates.

 

THE CUTS: EP 02 Vol. 2

M.anifest feat bigBen – Do My Own

There’s a popular Ghanaian proverb that literally translate as: a person is bound to vent when s/he has had enough. M.anifest has given that proverb essence on his new song with bigBen ‘Do My Own’. The rapper has, on this song, hit back at critics who have questioned his credentials. M.anifest has in recent times been criticized by many for what they consider the ‘boujee’ music he makes. And it became fierce last week after his performance at the Ghana Meet Naija Concert drew sharp divisions in opinions. But, he’s unperturbed as this lyrics suggest ‘I put my blood and sweat in this/Demons chaw, where’s the exorcist?’

The ‘godMC’ rapper seems to have found a way of hitting back at critics over beats rather than in interviews. In 2013, hours after winning two VGMAS, he released the Jayso produced ‘Ebei (Dream Killers)’ to taunt critics who questioned his winnings. On ‘Do My Own’, he returns to the same template, reminding the critics that: ‘Man go school but music I dey do/ Status quo cool but I’m planning a coupe’ . It’s frustrating when your credentials are questioned despite the accolades. But then again, critics would always be present. What you don’t do is let them win. ‘Make I just shine and be florescent’. Obvious anger and frustration drapped in modesty. 

Joey B feat Sarkodie – Sunshine Remix

‘Sunshine’, the week old single from Joey B receives a verse from Sarkodie on a remix. On it, Sarkodie is heard itemizing some worrying situations in the music world including the ungrateful attitudes of some artistes he has helped in the past. He links his situation to that which Joey B is currently facing. ‘When I started I was tryna keep it positive enough, I did it all’, Sark raps. A week ago, Joey B released a cinematic video for Sunshine which had him detailing the challenges he is encountering in the business. Sunshine is found on his now released DarrylEP available on iTunes. 

Dex Kwasi feat Kwesi Arthur – All of You

Dex Kwasi has been trapping long before afrotrap became a thing. His latest single, ‘All of You’, continue in that trap mode. Featuring GroundUpChale’s Kwesi Arthur, the two spill out their respective adoration for a lover over mellow, bass driven, bouncy afro trap beat. Love-ly lyrics adoring a loved one is replete in music but Dex Kwasi’s descriptive lyric: ‘When I see your face/I feel like I’m on kush’ is the best I’ve heard thus far. ‘All of You’ is a single off the yet to be released AfroTrap Supa Stars Vol.1 tape Dex is set to release.

Nazim & Alex Wondergem – Book of Rhymes II

Alex Wondergem’s brand of production feels like they are made from vintage stocks of music crates labelled as ‘Throw aways’. I first saw him at the Yoyotinz Block Party last year (at the sidelines of Chalewote) when he DJ’d for a group whose name I’ve forgotten. He was on the production boards for Elimuzik’s recently released ‘Buying Our Freedom’s EP. Now, he has joined forces with Nazim, a Sudanese rapper on this over 7 mins hip-hop track with Nazim showcasing his rapping skills over various rhythms. The two appear to have revisited the good old hip-hop style-where it’s only a DJ/Producer and a MC rocking the stage and mic just to show the audience they are gifted. 

Eazzy feat Mr. Eazi

Love is at the centre of this.. by Eazzy who features Mr. Eazi. The collaboration is timely – Eazzy is trying to sustain a spot within the music scene and Mr. Eazi’s profile as a musician is stratopheric at the moment. So, the benefit is to both artiste-each would make some gains. The video, shot by Lex MacCarthy, has Eazzy and Mr.Eazi falling in love whiles cloth shopping. What’s interesting is that, each came shopping with their lovers. The two step into the sun after escaping their lovers. The visuals are clean: colour-wise and the angles look great. The only bit i wasn’t so sold on was how they escaped their lovers in the boutique without notice. A good simple 

THE CUTS: EP 02 Vol. 01

THE CUTS is your weekly round-up of songs and videos-and anything that has caught our attention and think you must hear or see. The music featured here aren’t genre specific. THE CUTS is delivered every FRIDAY
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Kula feat Klem – Don’t Blow It

Kula is steadily growing his clout as one of the top prospects on the music scene. His profile took a notch up from last year when he was featured on some of the biggest shows in the country. After his song ‘Go DJ’ (an ode to DJs in GH) became the official theme song for this year’s DJ Awards, he’s out with a new single about love. On ‘Don’t Blow It’, featuring singer Klem (XtraLarge Music ), the two remind us to not blow it when our partners offer us their heart and trust. Produced by Timmy (producer of Kojo-Cue’s Tsio Benke Mi), ‘Don’t Blow It’ carries a mid-tempo Afropop vibe. Kula on the first verse narrates how they met (first as friends, later lovers) in a calm, simple and fun manner. On the second verse, he teases out her qualities. The Klem delivered hook is an assurance of his unwavering love. Should the ‘Kw3’ heard at the end of each bar of the second verse become a thing, know who started it first. And, did Kula say ‘me bo mu s3 karat?’ Ei, #SaBoiWei Paa!!

Kwadjo SPiRi – Ogya (Fire)

Confession: I’m a sucker for samples. I get ecstatic when young Ghanaians rappers sample good old classic Ghanaian works, use them the way they like and get it right. One rapper to do both is Kwadjo SPiRi. A single off his ‘The Fly EP’, produced by Lik-Wid Ice- samples the hook of  Ogya by legendary afro band Osibisa. The song rides on trap bounce. It’s your true hip-hop tune with Kwadjo SPiRi boasting about his credentials (he’s the fire) in many styles of rhyme- slow, fast and dense; switching between English, pidgin and Twi. ‘Rising to the highest/ flying on this flying feathers/ we shining bright/black stars in the night’, he raps. One noticeable thing about him is that, he knows how to ride beats.

King Promise – Oh Yeah

King Promise has promise. He has the qualities to become a force on the music scene. A good songwriter, an ever improving artiste. His growth is seen with every song or feature he drops. His new song ‘Oh Yeah’, produced by Killbeatz is turning heads and it’s obvious to note why: the melody is catchy; the lyrics are simple and easy to sing. The accompanying video runs on similar plane.  The storyline is easy to grasp. King Promise ‘accidentally’ bumps into a nice girl during his morning jog. The two exchange phone numbers and a date follows. The rest of the video is a club scene. This Lex MacCarthy shot has good visuals: the tone of light used in the club is perfect. The video isn’t crowded with people-Killbeatz makes a cameo. King Promise’s fashion sense is on point. That coffee brown jacket is awesome. Even though black is my favourite colour, I won’t hesitate to rock that jacket. It’s a smart move to release ‘Oh Yeah’ now that he’s getting attention off the back of his performance of DJ Vision’s ‘Double Trouble’ and also penning a VGMA winning song for Adina Thembi (Too Late). My only reservation is that, the lyrics for ‘Oh Yeah’ are basic compared to that on ‘So Special’-his first single. But, then again, it could be deliberate; after all easy lyrics and catchy groove is what reigns lately.

Suede – Alkebulan

‘Alkebulan’ is jazzy in tone, Pan-African in it’s lyrics and afropop in sound (soft drums, horns). This new Suede released single is a celebration of Africa-the continent and it’s people as suggested in the chorus: ‘I can’t my lady oh/She be fine  lady oh/ Africa my home’. Suede proceeds to beckon Africa and her many countries ‘to rise up’. Even though they have been many excellent odes to Mama Africa by incredible artistes, Suede’s ‘Alkebulan’ is refreshing partly due to the recording approach -the vocals are distant and hollow yet appealing. The only downside to ‘Alkebulan’ are the lyrics-they aren’t creative enough. They feel like a collection of phrases that came to his mind rather than a well thought out and written lyrics. They sadly pale in comparison to the strong and impressive sound of the song. ‘Alkebulan’ is, however, a timely released song to mark the African Union (AU) Day

 

THE CUTS: EP 01 Vol. 10

THE CUTS is your weekly round-up of songs and videos-and anything that has caught our attention and think you must hear or see. The music featured here aren’t genre specific. THE CUTS is delivered every FRIDAY

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C-Real – Feel The Vibe

It was Reggie Rockstone who on one of his songs, Mbosuo, called on artistes to switch up their style if they want to be relevant and survive the turbulent music scene. This was many many years ago. C-Real’s new song ‘Feel The Vibe’, reminded me of Reggie’s advice. I love surprises but, honestly didn’t expect C-real to rap over minimally toned, Ga-inspired highlife beat (kolomashie). Feel The Vibe lives by its title: it’s fun-filled and vibely. It’s mid-tempo and danceable. The beat obviously brought out a more relaxed C-Real. For those who are unaware of Ghana and its people, Feel The Vibe is the perfect introduction. C-Real talks about the coolness of the Ghanaian-sociable, fun loving and cool people. C-Real put it better: ‘this is an awesome city/where the girls look pretty/ and the guys all bust a move when they feel the vibe’. Although ‘Feel The Vibe’ evokes happiness, in a C-Real fashion manages to kick in some inspiring words: ‘make you commot all the hate from your system/Now, gimme love no resistance’. Kay Nie, the producer laid a beat for C-Real to rapture with good vibes.

 

KAYSO feat Papa Chie – Lovey

The magic of ‘Lovey’ is less about the lyrics of the song and more about the highlife grooves that complement it. The songwriting and singing are alright-nothing striking. That aside, Lovey, the new single by producer/singer-rapper KaySo and Papachie is excellently crafted. This is my first time hearing KaySo produce a song that sit within the highlife fold- trap vibes is what I’ve known him for. The guitar licks are reminiscent of those from the palmwine highlife era whiles the horns are brass band-esque in tone. The drums bubble excitingly at the base of the song.  Featuring Papachie, ‘Lovey’ revisit some qualities seen in highlife songs of the past like allowing the beat to play for a few minutes between the first and second verses (this is uncommon lately as the verses often follow each other). With this smooth, danceable, guitar and horn filled highlife tune, KaySo from Tema stays true to his ‘Wanna Own Be Different’ tagline.

Sizz The Truth – Longest Rounds

What hit you first are those menacing piano chimes at the beginning of the song (they seem to be similar to that on ‘One of Us’ by Rick Ross). Longest Rounds is basically Sizz The Truth, detailing his night romp across the city-bar hopping trips, one-night stands and blowing money as suggested on the hook: ‘steady tryna sip the liquor in my cup/started at Purple (bar) ended at Django…had the longest rounds’ (Purple Bar and Django are two of the famous hangouts in the city). Longest Rounds is strictly hip hop (Sizz rap and sing on the hook, sounding tipsy). This Arrow produced tune is the first single off his upcoming project ‘The Whole Truth’

  B4BONAH feat Kojo-Cue – Dear God Refix

‘If you hear my cry/on my knees I’m calling/I need you right now/God, make I blow’. The message in this chorus sums up the theme of the song: a prayer to succeed. Talent alone isn’t enough to succeed in this music business. Luck, is very key in cracking the mainstream door. On this remix, b4Bonah drafts BBnZ’s Kojo Cue who, essentially details the difficulties of up and coming artistes- demand of payola from DJs before they play your song, fans not patronizing shows. ‘How many free shows do I have to stage to get recognized? /How many videos do I have to shoot to clinch a VGMA award?’, KoJo-Cue ask. Take away the rap and Dear God is a song that rides on bouncy beat and has a catchy hook.

 Fiifi Selah- Mma Obi Ndaada Wo (Let No One Deceive You)

The last time I heard a song from Fiifi Selah song I heard was over a decade ago on Obrafour’s ‘Asem Sebe’. He contributed a stellar verse on one of the most polished diss songs of all time. He was by then known as Scooby Selah-part of the music group SASS Squad and subsequently TH4Kwages. Between that time and now, a lot has happened in Fiifi Selah’s life. He’s still doing radio (on Accra based Pluzz FM) and now a full blown Rastafarian. On his latest tune, Fiifi Selah preaches to whoever is listening. His message is simple: don’t allow yourself to be deceived; seek your own truths and hold on to your God. Fiifi Selah talks rather than rap or sing on this MikeMillz On’Em produced song. Mma Obi Ndaada Wo; a deliberately style chosen for its impact on the listener.  Fiifi Selah message is full of anecdotes about life, actions and the need to act right:  is not your belief that’d get you to heaven. Neither is it your religion. Having a good heart is your surest bet to make it to heaven, Fiifi Sellah preaches. Mma Obi Ndaada Wo is taken from Sons of God mixtape Vol. 4. Download link https://t.co/lXqw7efuST

THE CUTS: EP 01 Vol. 9

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DJ JULS – MY WAVE

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‘If your first opening lines don’t grab the listener, it ain’t shit’. This was the advice Kendrick Lamar received from legendary rapper Ice Cube. It seems the advice doesn’t only apply to rappers. It applies to the art of curating a playlist (for DJs) and sequencing songs on an album (for artistes) as well.  The above principle is evidently displayed on Leap Of Faith, the new EP by producer and DJ, Juls. The first track, My Wave is as grabbing as any opening track could get. The beat is infectious, the arrangement is literally consuming and the voices drip with moisture.

Enlisting fast rising Nigerian artiste, Odunsi The Engine and Sona, who combined brilliantly (voice wise and energy) to wreak havoc on the brightly made beat that surround the song (the inescapable highlife grooves). The excellently placed guitar riffs and the horns on the on the song is the most appealing element of the song. I give it to DJ Juls for that over 1 minute of ‘dance time’ before the song fades; an odd trick in this era. ‘My Wave’ oozes pleasure. It is the kind of song you play on top volume with your car windows down or when in a drop-top. A full review of Leap of Faith would be up next week.

ELI Muzik & Alex Wondergem: Je M’en Bat Les Couilles

Buying Our Freedom is a collaborated EP between Ghanaian afro neo soul artiste, Eli Muzik and Alex Wondergem released somewhere last week (a full review of the EP out next week). The 6 track EP is an interesting collection of original compositions about life, legalization of cannabis, what it means to be human. In short, it’s a reflection on Ghana, the country. The lyrics of the songs are very blunt and ‘raw’-something I never associated with Eli. Je M’en Bat Les Couilles is an example of the unconventionality (lyrically speaking) displayed by Eli. A soulful tune which sees Eli throwing the F word around. One could hear his frustrations on the opening lines of the song: ‘this is a reflections of how I feel… I don’t give a fuck’. The pain in his voice along with the lyrics on the song makes ‘Je M’en Bat Les Couilles’ a befitting title for the song. If you don’t understand a word of French, the title translate as ‘I don’t give or care a shit’

Poetra Asantewa ft KMRU – Round Pegs

Round Pegs, an expression with a negative connotation. It’s used to describe individuals who don’t fit into a space due to lack of skills.  Sometimes, those we consider as round pegs defy our perceptions; rising to the top of their trade. These are the people poet, Poetra Asantewa is speaking about on her new spoken word piece Round Pegs, a joint work between Kenyan Electronic music producer KMRU (Joseph Kamaru) and herself. Round Pegs criticizes the notion of people forcing kids to pursue certain professions they have zero interest. She instead calls on people to encourage kids to dream and help them pursue their interest since ‘we all can be kings’, as the hook says. This is how she describes ‘Round Pegs’: ‘Moved out of my comfort zone working with KMRU – Kenyan electronic producer. Round pegs is spoken word fused with electronic!’

AKAN – Manhole

AKAN, for the first time is talking about love on his latest single Manhole. He narrates his experiences with unrequited love-where he was treated or felt like a manhole (waste or loser). He weaves a story about how his affection went unrecognized, his state of loneliness (the door to my heart is opened. I need someone to fill it). He begs for the hollowness left by her to be filled by something. ‘I’d be fulfilled if you’d stay with me for just one night). I must confess my admiration at the roll out of this track. Akan and his team teased fans with it, and later released a ‘fun fact’ video (Genius style) about the song. It was a poem written in English which Akan expanded into a song. He translated the English worded poem into Twi. JaySo was on hand to provide the trap beat, helping bring Manhole to life.

Kay-Ara – High On Epiphany.

Kay-Ara is covering a lot of grounds since his 4-year hiatus-which, according to rumors saw him seeking God’s face. That rumor is what Kay-Ara partly addressed on his latest song/video ‘High On Epiphany’.  The opening note to this Yaw P directed video plays humorously on this rumor: Rukie didn’t find God or faith. He was hiding in an uncompleted building. And that’s where the two-in-one video began-in an uncompleted video with Kay-Ara taking a piss. The video is raw and energetic with Kay-Ara on his worst behavior-action wise and lyrically: ‘I used to chill in the back/left space now back to fill in the gap’. It’s like watching an uncut version of the video. It has no storyline; just Kay-Ara showcasing his lyrical prowess before he ducked for 4 years.  ‘High On Epiphany’ is Kay-Ara proving to all he still has bars for days. He hasn’t lost his skills on the mic cos he’s ‘God’s Son, I bleed Hova’