Jayso Is Not In A Good Mood on 0106 EP (Vol. 3)

Nobody does it the way Jayso does it lately. This may sound provocative but for many rap fans, hip hop within the Ghanaian music space has taken a two step down the ladder. Some once upon a time true hip hop rappers have hanged their hip hop garbs and in exchange, worn an resplendent afro pop/rap outfit. It’s not a bad thing considering afro pop is now the profitable genre.

But Jayso has stuck to his guns, holding dear the tenets of hip hop: from beats to rap schemes. For someone who founded Skillions- arguably the foremost hip hop collective around the year 2000s- Jayso has found a way of carrying that blazing torch aloft.

On his annual birthday EP to fans- 0106 EP (Vol. 3)- the rapper, singer, producer, songwriter isn’t out there to play it safe. Jayso has burning issues to air out. And on the “Intro”, he makes this intentions clear, rapping ‘took a break after Highest, so the vipers and pythons here, brought a lawn mower to cut the grass’ over a heavy thumping fontomfrom drum beat courtesy Epidemix. (Jayso executive produced Sarkodie’s last album, Highest hence the mention).

For many, his inherent shots at fellow rapper and one- time friend M.anifest might come as shocking. (One-time friend judging by the content of the songs). Jayso comes across mostly as the guy who would rather chuckle at you than fight you. But that veneer seem to have worn-off on the fiery “Barfest” where he took M.anifest on, questioning his friendship (y’all ain’t slick with the underrated talk, you’ll miss me with your aim) , his writing and rapping skills (you ain’t got skills this intense boy, I’m a notepad meet scheming pen boy) and taking a dig at his godMC moniker (listen my man, you be god in your pocket, we no dey bow down to idols..).

“Barfest” is the extended version of Jayso’s truth with M.anifest. On “Yes Indeed”, Jayso touches on some truths: recording M.anifest’s ‘biggest’ album of his career (as he describes it); and imaging ‘manifest stressing’ him; and working better than your legacy’.

The genesis of this beef began in 2016 during the Sarkodie and M.anifest mêlée, where Jayso got himself caught up in the cross fire. Being friends with both artists and M.anifest coming after Sark off “Bossy”, a song Jayso produced was something Jayso found repugnant.

In his quest to set records straight, he released ‘Preach’ on which he questioned M.anifest’s god-like inference: You not a real king if you claim that you are/And you are a false prophet if you claim you’re the god’.

The 6 track EP covers other themes like love on Touch Down featuring Myx Quest and Jai Amore. Over soulful beat, he’s heard assuring his lover how ‘as soon as I touch down, I’m coming straight to you’. Need to state that, I love it when Jayso raps over soulful beats. The feel ‘Touch Down’ provokes is similar to “Say You Love Me” off his debut album, “Making Tasha Proud”.

For the critics who may question his rights to attack a fellow colleague, Jayso lays his résumé outside of even music. ‘Stay Woke’ has him re-echoing the importance of investing in once craft and how his ‘business mindset like Jewish’ has led to him build something of value: three business ventures- Skillions Studio/Label, 6miludo (a video house) and 3rdCD. He further speaks about 3rdCD on Books (Books In Effect) featured ‘3rdCD’ (Tunnel Vision). Success doesn’t come by accident and that is explored on ‘Bola Ray’ featuring Copta and King Joey.

To his critics, his latest hit at M.anifest is unnecessary considering the two protagonists in the whole affair have moved on with their lives. Although a fair criticism, this responses might have been instigated by the ‘sneak disses’ he alleges comes from M.anifest.

A birthday tape that should be more of a celebratory affair has taken a very fiery tone with a potential conversation about beefs between artists. As they say, when the frog becomes overly saturated with water, it dies. Jayso seems to have had enough.

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Cina Soul Gets Emotional At “We Are Universal” Private Concert

After signing to Universal Music Nigeria (UMN) and releasing an Afro Dance Music (ADM) remix of her soulful ballad 00:01, now 12:01, along with a video, Cina Soul chose to formally announce the deal with an short, intimate, mini-concert.

Hosted by La Villa Boutique at Osu, the evening saw her perform songs from her 2016 Metanoia EP and her recent single(12:01).

Backed by the Senku Band – a drummer, a keyboardist and guitarist who were incredible on the night-they ensured the evening was more of a party jam than a soulful rendition of tunes.

Cina Soul performed songs like her breakthrough single ‘Awo‘ and ‘Julor‘, where she rapped portions of M.anifest’s verse. She then performed a yet to be released song.

For what was to be a happy event took an emotional turn when Cina Soul sent out an emotional thanks to her mum and family for their support and love. Teary eyed, she introduced her sister ‘who sacrificed her singing career for me’ on stage.

On the idea for her new moniker, Kla Manye, she explained that ‘I add soul to everything (music) I do… Kla Manye means ‘Queen of Soul’. And that’s ‘my alter ego‘. In what could be described as a move to confirm her new alias, she performed a song that drips in traditional Ga folk influence, which she credited her Jamestown roots for. ‘This is to my Jamestown people’, she indicated.

After an encore performance of ’12:01′, the Universal Music Nigeria representative who was enchanted by a Cina Soul song during her time in Ghana announced a surprise: Cina will be getting an album deal rather than a single deal. This drew resounding applauds from those present.

For a show that started two hours late (it was scheduled at 6pm), and lasted for an hour, it was hugely successful. Cina entertained and the invited guests left with memories of history being made.

Now that her dream of getting signed by a major label has been fulfilled in ‘this short time’, the enormity of the pressure to live up to expectations are not lost on her. ‘I want you to know Cina won’t disgrace you‘. Cina looks prepared to make her fans and the industry proud.

Press Release: Producer DredW Announces ‘Learning Seasion’

Young Ghanaian producer, DredW has announced the release of his next project titled ”Learning Sessions”. Born Winfred Ametepe, the producer announced this via his Instagram page.

After releasing his first single ‘Choco Milo’ featuring WondaBoy, a record which did well, it’s only right that he drops another project.

Speaking to DredW, he said ”This project would be different from his other beat tapes released”. He also teased some unfinished tracks which would be released in due time. This year could be his year, so all readers should stay tuned for more information. ”This project will be full of banging beats and hooks”, he also added.

However, no date has been announced yet, but we are sure to have it soon.

DredW started making beats as a hobby in 2008 but turned professional in 2012. He has worked with artistes and producers like EL, Mr. Eazi, Richie Mensah, Gasmilla, FlowKingStone, David Jay, Zigi, Edem, Magnom, Juls, WondaBoy, Peeweezil, C-Real, J-Town, M3dal, Raquel to name a few.

https://soundcloud.com/dredw-producer/chocro-milo-prod-by-dredw

Listen: ‘Home’ by Okukuseku (feat Lykay, Kwame Yesu & Kweku Mireku)

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There’s lot to love about once home. The memories are cherished, the love and the hate come in equal measure, sometimes. But, the love that one holds in heart for where they come from shall forever remain golden. As the Akan adage goes, nobody points to his father’s house (home) with their left hand.

Okukuseku, a producer at WeirdXGenius pays homage to where he hails from on a new song titled ‘Home’. A groovy highlife song riddled with heavy drum pattern, kicks and piercing snares, Okukuseku invites rappers, Lykay, Kwame Yesu and Kweku Mireku, who take turns to celebrate their ‘home’.

Kweku Mireku jumps in with an ode to ‘ Kokomlele (his home). He opens his verse by referencing a know tagline of Topp Radio and DJ Black’s Toontoom studios, both located at Kokomlele. (Google DJ Black to know why he’s mentioned). He further references some of the ‘iconic’ places in Kokomlele.

Mallam Atta Market/Sosket/ You go buy get change for your pocket

Lykay, who’s label mate with Okukuseku continues from where Kweku Mireku ended. Instead of shouting his hood, Lykay covers most parts of Accra City-pointing out some of the city’s landmarks/events like the Accra Mall, Labadi Beach, Santa Maria, Osu Papaye, Serallio and Kantamanto Market. With his laid back flow and timber voice, Lykay points out why his home (Ghana) is a lovely place.

Chale Ghana be the place to be/ Wo na girls/Wona jollof all dey bee’

Kwame Yesu’s reminisces about the good times he’s currently enjoying, like ‘partying like some rockstars’. With a flow reminiscent of dancehall act, Vybz Kartel (Beg U A Fuck), he exhibit his regret that his unborn kid may never have that experience.

Listen to Home

Akbar Comics launch Kickstarter Campaign to fund first book ‘Captain Calabar’.

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Comic books have always played a part in our lives. For many it still does. They have been our companions -from infancy through to adulthood. Comics have inspired dreams; served as an escape into another realm (fantasy world) as well as an educative tool. For many, comics gave them reason to live.

The power and commercial appeal of comics have, in recent times, crossed over from the pages onto the big screens. Hollywood is at the forefront of this exciting wave; churning out many movie flicks based on popular comic strips.

Comics, aside its incredible stories, attractive characters and the money they generate, are also vehicles of promoting Western socio-political ideals. A cursory look at the comic landscape reveal a paucity of African comics. This means, the African story is not heard by many comic lovers albeit the existence a plethora of African stories and tales with very great characters that must be told the world.

One comic company looking to breaking into the industry and inspire an African ‘invasion’ is the Nigerian based Akbar Comics. Founded in June, 2016, Akbar Comics has a team of four individuals- Abasido Akpan, Joshua Akpan, and Timehin Akinde. Akbar Comics is seeking to do this through the release of their first comic book ‘Captain Calabar’.

As Timehin Akinde, head writer and co-creator of ‘Captain Calabar’ put it, Akbar Comics is aiming at   showcasing African beauty and reshaping the pop culture landscape. We are trying to build a lasting African comic book universe and showcase the beauty of Africa to the world. We want to redefine the art form and leave our mark on African pop culture’.

Achieving this ambition would mean having adequate support and resources. It is for this reason that Akbar Comics has commenced a Kickstarter campaign to help them achieve their dream of raising funds towards the publication and subsequent release of their first comic book.

Africa’s voice has to be heard within the global comic space. Our rich, dynamic, evocative and astounding stories must be known. Comics are one of the best mediums to get those stories out. If you are a comic lover and believe in the dream of Akbar Comics, kindly support the campaign here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2003961482/captain-calabar

Support a dream!

MEET DJ FEMO AND HER MIXES

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DJ Femo is a Nigerian DJ/Producer based in London for studies. She’s part of a new generation of creatives in Africa that aren’t afraid to be unconventionally African. Despite all the challenges the youth seem to face, like a harsh economy or severe lack of infrastructure they continue to push the boundaries on what it means to be African youths.
Her mixes are a blend of global sounds that are intended to especially put the spotlight on the sounds of new age Africa. The goal is to introduce the various alternative sounds and styles of Africa to the rest of the world through her content. She’s produced the mixes below which encapsulate the essence of everything that has been said above.
Summer 16 – The Mix :
Gbef! :
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How To Mosh :

Meet Banks; the unequivocal Ghanaian entertainment blogger

Francis Amissah (born in December, 1990) known in the showbiz circles as ‘Banks’ is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger & publicist. Founder of TalkMediaGhana.com, a leading entertainment website with the aim of promoting music, videos, brand advertisement, events, artists, fashion & lifestyle etc.

A product of the Kaneshie Senior High Technical School, Accra, he has held many leadership positions throughout his steady rise. Notable among them was the Senior Boys Prefect of his Secondary School in 2008/2009. He has made significant contributions to several pan-African websites including Ghanamotion.com and ThinkGhMusic.com.

In 2012, he launched his website. Through diligent work, Francis has had the opportunity of interviewing numerous personalities, including Coptic, Kwaw Kese, Kris J (A&R at Universal Music Group – South Africa), C-Real, Ian Jazzi, J.Town, E.L, Dark Suburb, Scientific, X.O Senavoe, Genius Selection.

Life and Career

In 2009/2010, he started with a website called dcemcees.webs.com, where he started blogging. With different role models and successful players in the same industry to learn from, he took his time, learnt well and developed steadily. Later in 2012, he fully launched his official website  TalkMediaGhana.com.

TalkMediaGhana.com

The formulation of TalkMediaGhana.com was a result of Francis’ friend hosting, helping him get the domain and also build the website as well. 

TalkMediaGhana.com is an online media portal dedicated to promote music, events, videos, artists, brand awareness on social media, entertainment talents and any other activity relating to entertainment in Ghana and Africa as a whole. 

It creates and implements powerful social media marketing campaigns that drive traffic to businesses promote brands and create sales. TalkMediaGhana.com also provides professional online, social network promotion to all types of undertakings, including individual and partnerships organizations in all sectors of the entertainment industry in Africa.

TalkMediaGhana has also created social media awareness for well known companies such as Tigo Ghana (#KeepYouDoing campaign), Kasapreko Company Limited, West Hills Mall.

Since its inception, the website has found innovative ways to reach readers across the globe. The website is/has been on the lips of many artists, music producers, TV hosts/presenters, individuals & others media personalities.

Artists worked/working with

Within a few years, Francis has been able to build a reputation for himself as an incredible and trustworthy blogger and publicist after working with other online music promoting companies.

Through his hard work, he has met up and worked with artists and producers including Coptic (Ghanaian US based multi-platinum award winning producer for Notorious BIG, NIKE, P Diddy, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Ludacris, Trey Songz, Shyne, Black Rob, Ice Cube, etc.), Scientific, C-Real, Fusha (Worcester, USA), E.L, Kwaw Kese, D-Black, Ian Jazzi, J.Town, Joel Orleans of YFM, Gibrilville (New York, USA), X.O Senavoe, Mike Millz, Slimbo, DJ Champagne, DJ Kess, Genius Selection, Trey LA, DJ Mic Smith, Dex Kwasi (Dallas, TX – Ghana), Jayso, Dark Suburb (Alternative Rock Band), Trigmatic, Smif-n-Wessun (New York, USA).

In 2012, Francis was appointed by Coptic as his publicist in Ghana. He’s worked with Coptic on his Coptic Presents… The Rising Stars of GH (Vol. 1 to 4 album). Francis helped Coptic in fetching for rising artists in Ghana to feature on the album(s). Such artists include Greenfield, C-tso, Trey LA, Joel Orleans, Stargo, Ko-Jo Cue, Ian Jazzi, Renner, Gaeta, Teephlow etc.

In 2013, Coptic teamed up with Bless The Mic to organize a Hip-Hop concert for the very first album to help unleash the rising stars into the limelight, which also happened to be the main aim of the album.

All the album(s) were co-ordinated by Francis and made huge waves on radio and across all social media in Ghana and abroad.

In an interview on Choice FM, Accra, Francis said that he’s grateful for the opportunity to work with Coptic, and for helping to advance the careers of Ghanaian/African artists. Through, The Rising Stars of GH albums, Francis has been able to help Coptic sign a Ghanaian artist/radio personality named, Joel Orleans to his label – The Black Star Line.

Achievements

TalkMediaGhana – Media Partner |Afro Music Festival 2016, Los Angeles

TalkMediaGhana – Media Partner | U.K Afrobeats Festival 2016, Barking Park, London

TalkMediaGhana – Media Partner | Young Achievers Summit 2016, Accra

TalkMediaGhana – Media Partner | Dark Suburb’s Awakening Concert, Alliance Française d’Accra

TalkMediaGhana – Media Partner | Award winning Nigerian superstar, Patoranking’s media/stakeholder launch for ‘’God Over Everything’ album, Accra 

TalkMediaGhana – Media Partner |Ghanaian rapper/producer, Jayso’s album listening and video premiere, Accra

TalkMediaGhana – Media Partner/Organiser | Coptic Presents… The Rising Stars of GH & Bless The Mic & concert – 2013, Accra

Awards and Nominations


TalkMediaGhana – Certificate of appreciation as media partner for the Young Achievers Summit 2016.

2016 – TalkMediaGhana.com was nominated in a tall list for Blogging Ghana Awards as Best Blog and Best New Blog. 

2016 – Francis Amissah was nominated in a tall list for Blogging Ghana Awards as Best Blogger.

External Links 

Francis ‘Banks’ Amissah on Twitter Francis ‘Banks’ Amissah on BanksGH TalkMediaGhana on Facebook TalkMediaGhana on Twitter  TalkMediaGhana on Instagram