January 2014


An Audience With Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka 01/02/2014

A evening of debate as well as the screenings of  SOME THINGS & IF ONLY by screenwriter/ film Director Fredi Nwaka

 

If you are a film buff what better way to bring in the start of a new month by attending an audience interactive screening from the critically acclaimed UK  filmmaker Fredi Nwaka. Mr Nwaka also known by his moniker ‘Fredi Kruga’ will be hosting a night of screenings and debate at BAFTA Picadilly, 195 Piccadilly London W1J 9LN. from 5pm -9pm.

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The debate will centre around the issues raised in the two short films that will be screened.  His latest film Some things looks at emotional blackmail and child abuse through the eyes of a young girl on the receiving end of it, whilst If only highlights the choices faced by young people and how the wrong one can lead to never ending episode of gang violence.

During  the event there will also be performances from singer song writer Fidel and spoken word from Farida as well as a book signing by Chris Tuck( Author of Through The Eyes Of A Child) as well as other special guests.

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Fredi Nwaka deserves kudos for highlighting such pertinent societal problems in his films. The 2013 BEFTA award winner for Best Script Writer & Screen Play Writer has come along way in a short space of time and continues to be a positive role model. As well as producing two high quality films he has established C.R.I.M.E (Creating Role Models in Media Enterprise)  http://www.creatingrolemodels.com/  Which  is a voluntary scheme aimed at taking troubled young people, gang members and ex-offenders and introducing them to the world of TV and Film. It was  set up in an attempt to help troubled youth and ex offenders not only launch a career in media and music, but also to re integrate those who have perhaps been alienated from society because of their history or associations.

This promises to be an enlightening event and any one who can relate to the issues raised in the films may find this a worthwhile experience. With the BAFTA Awards 2 weeks away this evening sets the tone for recognising real British talent in the film industry.

All money made from ticket sales will go towards facilitating workshops on Child Abuse later this year.

To purchase tickets for the screening visit the event website – http://shoobs.com/events/2983/an-audience-with-fredi-kruga-nwaka-screening-some-things-if-onlyb

For more information on the event please contact the organisers-  officialkruga@gmail.com , +44 (0) 7956 114 718

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (@kwesitheauthor)

Future of Ghana Networking Forum: WAM Campaign 30/01/2014

The Future of Ghana is in our hands ! – Time to build a network, mobilize and aid Ghana’s development

Have you always wanted to volunteer in Ghana or to get involved in helping to solve certain issues affecting our Ghanaian society? Then this is your chance to get involved.

What About Me (WAM) Campaign, in association with Me FiRi Ghana brings you the Future of Ghana Networking Forum. This event is aimed at providing a platform for young Ghanaian Diaspora primarily aged 18 – 35 years to network, discuss and gain more information about ways in which they can proactively connect with the development of Ghana.

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WAM, a charity which facilitates volunteering programmes for young Ghanaians in the Diaspora to work with orphans and other vulnerable children living in Ghana, will also share its experiences, successes, challenges since it begun its work 4 years ago.

The forum which takes place on Thursday, 30th January at the Rich Mix, Shoreditch, will be filmed for coverage for VOX Africa on Sky & DSTV and shared online through social media.

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Come and let’s together find ways to make our motherland a better place. The event runs from 18:30- 21:30 Greenwich Mean Time not Ghana Man Time, so don’t be late!

Date: Thursday 30th January

Where: ‘Rich Mix’ –‐ the cultural hub of London, 35-47, Bethnal Green Rd, London, Shoreditch, E1 6LA

Time: 18:30–‐21:00 (GMT)

 For more information on the WAM Campaign please visit the website – http://www.wamcampaign.org/

Maclean Arthur (@atoparties)

A New Kind of Story, A New Kind of Hero…

The renaissance of Black History in the world of film

Just like the fashion industry, the world of cinema & film tends to go through trends and cycles. It wasn’t too long ago that it seemed like every film had a 3D counterpart. And then we had the superhero boom, where it seemed the movie world was hell-bent on bringing to our screens every single comic superhero known to man! (Ghallywood didn’t take the opportunity to make a blockbuster Super-Ananse-the-Spiderman film unfortunately) However, over the past year, we are observing a new cycle, a new renaissance. The world of film now has a new darling, a new philanthropic mission – to bring the past struggles of black people to light at blockbuster level.

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Here in the UK, you would be hard-pressed to receive as good and as full an education on the darker parts of our collective Afro-Caribbean history such as slavery or the Civil Rights movement in the States. Our youths are more likely to be able to tell you more about the Nazis and the Holocaust rather than the tribulations our ancestors underwent not too long ago. They are more likely to learn about Tutankhamun and Henry VIII than Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Which is a shame.

 

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You only have to purchase a ticket to watch ’12 Years a Slave’ in the cinema, take a seat, and for a fleeting moment take your concentration off the relentlessly harrowing historical drama being played across the screen and rather place it on your surrounding environment, to understand that our hidden history resonates powerfully and deeply, and throws a new light onto our place in the world. There is a sorrow, a respect for the inherent strength and spirit of those who survived the trek from the shores of places like Cape Coast, to places where they would be treated less than cattle day-after-day. A quiet appreciation that we are fortunate to live in a world of enhanced liberty. That unfortunately a fair few of us take our freedom for granted, using our freedom of speech to hate when we should love, or using our freedom of movement to kill and maim rather than support each other.

In those cinema seats from Accra, to London, to Washington, there is an almost contradictory deafening quiet of momentary introspect that links us all together – that as bad as we think we have it at times, our brothers and sisters in history had it worse than we could ever imagine…

Cinema is now interested in a new kind of superhero. Real people, who exhibited extraordinary courage in the face of extraordinary struggle and misfortune. People like Solomon Northup, who by the grace of God survived as big a misfortune as you could imagine: a free man kidnapped into brutal slavery. People like my hero Nelson Mandela, who wished to die for the right to be equal. The Butler did a great job in skipping across different eras and different perspectives of the black struggle. Cinema is bringing these people & these scenarios to life. Cinema is bringing stories of what is an unexplored history for many of us, to life.

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And fast-forward to the present, it has allowed the sons and daughters of Africa to showcase their talent and be celebrated for the power with which they are delivering these stories. The Naija/Ghana battle is a well-worn one which rages across continents and pursuits, with the West African nations in an eternal Esau/Jacob battle for supremacy. So how incredible is it that in 2014, Nigeria’s Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ghana/Sierra Leone’s Idris Elba were (until nominations proved otherwise) both seen as front-runners for the greatest filming accolade of all: the Best Actor Oscar?

Enjoy this season in cinema. Where production companies are pumping money into bringing our stories to life, and succeeding where our school systems need to do better. Sankofa. To truly understand where we are going, we must take comfort and appreciate where we have been…

In societies where we are told that we don’t have many black role models, we are being introduced to a new kind of superhero. And that is something we should patronise and support before moviemaking inevitably moves on.

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Introducing…Grace Amey-Obeng

The CEO of Forever Clair revolutionising skincare!

Ms. Grace Amey-Obeng, a 55 year old medical aesthetician and CEO of Forever Clair, is one of the most successful businesswomen in West Africa. She has become a powerhouse in the booming beauty & skincare business, but her mission statement is different from most. While the majority of skincare products promote a Western look and lighter skin tones, Ms. Obeng has built her empire on celebrating the natural beauty of dark skin.

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Having received education into Beauty Therapy at Croydon College, London, she returned to Ghana to attempt to start her own beauty business. Working out of her bag rather than an office, she went from door-to-door offering skincare advice. However, it didn’t take long for Grace to come to the realisation that skin-bleaching/lightening was a rife practice being done at an alarming level. And not only that, but that “the women…had destroyed their skin with all these kind of beauty products, bleaching products”. This created a resolve to assist African women in reversing the process and to help celebrate dark skin “otherwise it would become a social problem.”

This resolve pushed her to open her first beauty clinic, a small venture funded with help from her family. This business which started with £63 now has an annual turnover of approximately $10 million! The large success of her skincare line is down to its affordability – something Ms. Obeng noticed wasn’t common when it came to skincare products her competitors offered. She was smart enough to use every one-up available to her to provide a natural, high-quality, safe alternatives to the expensive and dangerous products on offer.

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Her Forever Clair Group of Companies – which includes a beauty clinic, a firm that supplies salon equipment and cosmetics, and a college, now has eight branches in Ghana and exports to Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ivory Coast, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. This woman of excellence has won dozens of accolades and industry awards for her skincare beauty products and marketing. Aside from incredible personal achievement, Grace is still hell-bent on fighting against what she sees as a social problem, by educating and empowering the next generation of Ghanaian ladies. The Forever Clair Beauty College has trained more than five thousand young people, mostly women, to fly the flag of black beauty against the backdrop of a industry which celebrates light skin tones and European appearances.

For a woman whose flagship brand is entitled ‘Forever Clair’, its name may sound counterintuitive at first. But as Ms. Obeng says, in an attempt to sum up her enterprise and re-orientate the perceptions of African women, “light shows the way – it’s not about complexion, it’s about the heart.”

Dr Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Kente ; Ghana’s National Cloth

The History of the Kente

KENTE as we all know is a beautiful and symbolic type of nwentoma (woven cloth) that is entirely hand-woven on a wooden loom, which is operated by the weaver’s hands and feet. Its vibrant colours and symbolic patterns define the Kente cloth.

The word kente is derived from ‘kenten’, which translates to “basket”. It is largely known that the Kente cloth originaly stemmed from the Ashantis (of Bonwire in the outskirts of Kumasi), however today it is being woven not only in the Ashanti region but also in the Volta region by the Ewes. Legend has it that the Kente cloth was first designed by 2 friends mimicking the techniques of a spider they observed weaving its web.

It is believed that the Kente cloth has been around since the 17th century and has been an important part of the Ghanaian culture ever since. In the olden days Kente was exclusively worn by King’s and Queens; TODAY Kente is being worn not only across AFRICA but it is also being increasingly incorporated into western fashion.

Imbedded in each Kente cloth is a story with a proverbial meaning, which makes every design unique! There are about 50 different types of Kente patterns. Here are the meanings for some of the designs;

  • Adwini Asa – (“All motifs are used up”)
  • Abusua Ye Dom – (“The extended family is a force”)
  • Fa Hia Kotwere Agyemang – (“Lean your poverty on Agyemang”)
  • Sika Fre Mogya – (“Money attracts blood relations”)
  • Obi Nkyre Obi Kwan Mu Si – (“Sooner or later one would stay in the path of the other”)
  • Fathia Fata Nkrumah – (“Nkrumah merit Fathia”)
  • Emmada – (Novelty; what we have not seen or heard before”)
  • Oyokoman Na Gya Da Mu – (“Crisis in the Oyoko Nation”)
  • Obaakofo Mmu Man – (“One head does not rule a nation or constitute a council)

 

Colours to design each cloth are chosen carefully for both their symbolic and visual effects;

  • Yellow – is a symbol for things that are holy and precious, royal, fertile and beautiful
  • Pink – symbolises gentle qualities (e.g. calmness)
  • Red – stands for blood and for strong political and spiritual feelings
  • Maroon – associated with the colour of mother Earth; it represents healing and protection from evil
  • Blue – stands for the sky and is used to symbolise holiness, peace, harmony, good fortune and love
  • Green – is associated with plants and stands for growth and good health
  • Gold – symbolises royalty, glory, wealth and spiritual purity
  • White – stands for purity and healing
  • Black – stands for aging because in nature things get darker as they get older; black also stands for strong spiritual energy and the spirits of the ancestors
  • Grey – represents ashes, which are used for spiritual cleansing
  • Silver – is a symbol for the moon and stands for serenity, purity and joy
  • Purple – is associated with Earth and healing; also associated with gentle qualities

Kente became Ghana’s national cloth on the 6th of March 1957- the day Ghana celebrated independence.

Nora Mitersky

Arguably Ghana’s finest ambassador for Journalism: Komla Dumor dies aged 41

The “Boss Player” Gone To Soon

 

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Ghanaians, Africans, journalists in both Ghana & UK and purveyors of broadcasting the world over are in shock following the death of Ghanaian journalist and presenter Komla Dumor. The broadcaster who was just 41 suffered a suspected cardiac arrest at his London home  and leaves behind a wife and three children.

Affectionately known as the “Boss Player” by his legion of Ghanaian fans Dumor started his career as a presenter of the morning show on Ghanaian radio station Joy FM. It was during this time he was recognized by his peers in the country by winning the Ghanaian journalist of the year award in 2003.

He joined the BBC World Service in 2007 as a radio broadcaster and it was here he made his mark internationally. He hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service radio, before joining The World Today programme. In 2009 Komla Dumor became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News. Up until the he passed he regularly fronted the Focus on Africa programme on the BBC. He touched many people during his wide ranging career and has interviewed some of the biggest names such as Bill Clinton and covered the biggest events such as the World Cup 2010 in South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s funeral last year.

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It was only in November of last year that he featured in New African magazine’s  2013 list of 100 most influential Africans. It said he had “established himself as one of the emerging African faces of global broadcasting, Who had considerable influence on how the continent is covered”. A statement which sums up just how far Dumor has come.

As an aspiring journalist myself Komla Dumor was someone I truly looked up to. He was an assured broadcaster who had such enthusiasm for reporting and was so passionate about Africa and telling her story. It was not surprising then that soon after his death was confirmed the tributes came pouring in from politicians, journalists and the like.

A true trailblazer for African journalism and one of Ghana’s finest exports in any profession may he rest in peace.

Komla Dumor Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Fuse ODG “Million Pound Girl” – Single Review

This Tune is Badder than Bad!

The critics who said Fuse ODG will be a one hit wonder can eat their words now! Straight off the back of the success of his earlier single, Antenna, the Ghanaian born rapper has burst onto the charts with his latest single, Million Pound Girl.

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Currently sitting comfortably at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, Million Pound Girl is the highest charting Afrobeats single to date. This is a testimony to the rapid climb of Afrobeat into the world music scene.

 

With a banging beat and catchy lyrics, this tune will have you bobbing your head and before you know it, you will be up on your feet busting out azonto moves you didn’t even know you were capable of.

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With cameo appearances by Sean Paul, Eddie Kadi and Patrice Muamba, the video for this floor filler is nothing short of an attention grabber! You can be certain the MOBO Awards winner made sure he had the best and most alluring azonto dancers on the video.

This tune has undoubtedly placed Fuse amongst the heavy weights in Afrobeats music. And he looks set to take on the world, proudly flying the flag of Ghana and indeed Africa. Fuse ODG is indeed badder than bad!

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Maclean Arthur (@atoparties)

Street Children Empowermnet Foundation (SCEF) making the dream possible..

“Education is a human right” – universal heroes in the making!

According to Ghana’s Department of Social Welfare the number of street children living in Accra alone in 2011 was estimated to be over 54000- a figure that has been rising steadily! How does this affect their right to an education?

Education in Ghana is known to be free of tuition fees only that is; it costs on average 650 GHC per annum to attend basic mainstream school, a significant cost that is a real concern to many families living in Ghana today, how much more to a street child living on the streets of Accra trapped in a cycle of hand to mouth – but yet education is a human right, isn’t it?

SCEF (Street Children Empowermnet Foundation) is a registered NGO in Ghana whose vision it is to work towards creating a future where all children regardless of their disparities will have equal opportunities to reaching their full potential. To make this vision a reality SCEF is on a mission to achieve sustainable improvements in the lives of street and deprived children in Jamestown, Accra by working closely with the children, their families and the community.

 

Behind this great movement is Paul Semeh (pictured far right), founder of SCEF, who completed his first degree at the University of Ghana, Legon. Since graduating Paul embarked on his journey to help the less privileged by completing his national service with an NGO running The Street Academy that offers street children some non-formal education. As Paul grew in his role at The Street Academy his passion to work with street kids also grew and led him to establish SCEF in 2011. At just 27 Paul has begun a great initiative and is having a significant impact in developing tomorrow’s leaders for a better Ghana- “for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today” (African proverb).

What makes SCEF unique? Paul and his team facilitate several other initiatives, including a microfinance club for the mothers of the children SCEF sponsors. By involving these children in special themed events and activities such as after school clubs SCEF is shaping their perspectives and giving them a universal view of the world. This organisation is therefore having an immediate and long-term impact in a poverty-stricken area by helping children become educated and their parents earn a better living.

SCEF is currently supporting 150 children to attend school by providing schoolbooks, pencils, uniforms, bags and shoes, as well as exam fees, water, food and healthcare; these are all in line with the principles that underpin a child’s human right- an opportunity that will shape the rest of their lives!

One of Paul’s most recent campaigns that stood out to me and received international attention was “Little Bernard must walk again”, Paul and his team found Bernard a then, 6 year old boy sitting outside an abandoned kios- his home. It transpired that Bernard had been suffering from Tuberculosis of the spine, which had rendered him incapable of walking. A national appeal was made to help fund Bernard’s surgery in 2012 and a year on, Bernard is on his feet and walking again- he is now attending school regularly with the support of SCEF.

2014 is a very exciting year for SCEF as construction and renovation work begins to develop the ‘Learning Hub for street children’, a facility that will further aim to empower street children through complementary education services, and provide creative arts learning and skills training.

Check out their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StreetChildrenEmpowermentFoundation) and get involved in making a difference, “since it takes a village to raise a child”  (African proverb) ;).

Nora Mitersky

True Success: Leaving a Legacy

Finding Your Purpose

So…Why do you want to become a doctor?’

This is a staple question in almost every medical school entry interview, one I’ve also had to answer many times in the past. When I was in secondary school, it wasn’t asked in the most encouraging way. It was usually asked as a prefix to statements such as “wow, seven years in university is loooong” or “Your mates will be earning money years before you do.” I even had a careers advisor try and encourage me to reconsider, because “people from this area rarely become doctors.” True story. Name withheld. Let’s move on…

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The question looks simple enough, but it has layers of depth to it. It has identified a purpose, and is probing the heart behind the purpose. That is why it’s asked in medical school interviews: to unwrap the rhetoric, ego and performance of the person on the other side of the table and reveal the contents of the person’s mind and soul.

So. Why did I want to become a doctor?

Many people have a flashpoint in life. A moment where their purpose become clear as day. Mine occurred watching a Pride of Britain awards show on TV years ago. It was a standard PoB show, nothing you hadn’t seen nor heard of before. However, the closing aspect of the show changed my life forever…

The presenter introduced a heart surgeon who was to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award. This African man, retiring following a 30+ year career, walked out and looked so unassuming. So humble. A medical giant stood before us as a minnow, Clark Kent standing where we would expect a tall & imposing Superman to be, with his red cape billowing beneath the warm stage lights.

And then, it happened.

The presenter, after presenting the award, told the surgeon that a few patients he had helped over the years wanted to say thank you. From each end of the stage rushed on 200 people of all ages, all colours, all sizes. Babies cradled by their thankful parents. Teenagers running to hi-five him. Children reaching for his hand, looking up at him in awe. Middle-aged parents, managers, people who had become successes in their own field. Elderly ladies and gentlemen, grateful to this man for a new lease of life.

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The image was incredibly powerful. This humble man, by merely pursuing his passion in life, was standing here completely outnumbered on this stage by a heaving army of humanity – each person standing with him so giddy to be re-united with their hero, the man who saved their life. And this was just a minute proportion of the people he had operated on over the years.

So why did I want to become a doctor? I must admit that I had originally been apprehensive about the time it would take to achieve this. The hard work. The competition. The relentless pursuit for excellence. It daunted me in my formative years. However, it was that image, of seeing the tangible fruits of labour of a man who had dedicated his life to his purpose, which made me decide to leap head-on into the unknown and chase my dream, no matter how hard things would get. It was seeing families, friends, loved-ones indebted to a single human being for the gift of life. It was the humility of this one man, even when he was being elevated as a hero. A career in its midnight hour. One man. 200 people. Thousands more over the years. This was true success.

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That image sealed the deal for me. Now, having passed through medical school and having the privilege of changing my ‘Mr’ into a ‘Dr’, people funnily don’t say anything anymore about how long it takes to get through medical school, or think about my friends having received their salaries earlier than me! And I’ve never been afraid to go far-and-wide to pursue my dreams. I’m currently practising medicine in Ireland. I go into work every single day, aiming to deliver the biggest smile and the gentlest heart to every person I meet. So every day, when people who have never met Ghanaians or been to Ghana ask me where I’m from, I leave a worthwhile lasting impression with them of Ghanaian people! That makes me happy. That in my own small way, I’m flying the flag of Ghana proudly, so people will go home and talk of that ‘lovely wee lad from Ghana’. In my own little way, I’m building my own legacy and helping people every single day – by following my purpose.

I hope the story of the heart surgeon gives you a second wind and a renewed energy to pursue your dreams and realise your purpose. But I also hope it reminds you that no man is an island. Your words, your actions, affect somebody somewhere. Always. You may not be an eminent heart surgeon, but as a human being, we all have a duty to love one another, support one another, and help each other get by in this life in the best way we possibly can. Leave a tangible impact. Let people be indebted to you for improving their life in a way they wouldn’t have managed if you weren’t around. Dedicate yourself to blessing this planet with your gifts, and by finding your true purpose in this life we live.

This is true success.

Dr Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Why is the Ghanaian Musician not Penetrating the African Music scene ?

What do Ghanaian Artists need to do to enjoy the same kind of exposure of their Nigerian and South African counterparts?

Over the years, I have decided to broaden my tentacles and research into why some particular countries in Africa has it artists playing
shows in other African countries more than  others. It is quite obvious that Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana have been rated as countries that are musically active. South Africa’s Angelique Kidjoe,Hugh Masekela,HHP, are just few names that immediately come to mind when talking about stars who have played shows across the continent.

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Nigeria has a long list of artists that has been booked by head of states and cooperate bodies over the years to play big concerts. Ranging from Fela Kuti, Asa and in recent times D-Banj , Wizkid, Davido, Banky W,Tiwa Savage,Timaya and Ice Prince. Burna boy ,Selebobo and Kcee are few of the latest additions to have headlined. However in Ghana the story is totally different as compared to the days of Amandzeba Nat Brew Koo,Osibisa when they also enjoyed some diplomacy, playing gigs for head of states in neighbouring countries.

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In Ghana we can only point out Fuse ODG courtesy of his hit song “Antenna”, R2bees, Sarkodie, Samini, Wanlov and Mensa (Fokn Bois), who at times get invited. It is worth noting that these are the same old names we have heard over the years. Though the Ghanaian dancehall fraternity is gradually creating a buzz for themselves.

The big question here is; what exactly are the South African and Nigeria artists doing that Ghanaians cannot or are not doing to help them penetrate through Africa? Secondly, what is forcing Ghanaian radio presenters and Djs to be playing more Nigerian & South African songs than the songs produced by Ghanaians?.

The system is different in Nigeria and other countries. Ghanaian music does not enjoy massive airplay in those countries like theirs do in Ghana. I don’t necessarily believe that the size of your countries economy matters in this perspective. Good music paves ways to its lovers. I believe Ghana has versatile song writers and sound engineers that can push out a better production that can equally sell across the continent like how Kukere and Davido’s ‘Dami Duro’ took African by surprise.

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If language was truly a barrier, then Cabo Snoops ‘Windeck’ and Mafikizolo’s ‘Kona’ will not be the number one African song for virtually six months to the extent of winning an Award at the 2013 4syte Music Video Awards in Ghana and other Awards respectively? The only way Ghanaians can commercially breakthrough the music industry in Africa is to research properly, write lyrics, invest, be ready to learn how to play shows live and produce songs that are more African than Ghanaian.

Most musicians are scared of branding themselves and that is the comparative advantage others have over them. So why not think of professional branding? That is also not to say they should deviate from the indigenous style. There is a borderline. Afrobeat (African beat) has evolved and has presented itself in a dynamic way and artistes who are digging into it achieves are touching the heart of their fans. Least of songs that can be considered as Afrobeat includes Kcee ft Wizkid’s Pull Over, Sarkodie ft Mugeez “Give it to me, Inyanya’s Kukure,Wizkid ft Fela ” Jaiye, Samini ft Mugeez “Sweet Mistake ,SK Original “Famame, Fuse ODG’s Antenna,R2bees “Kiss your hands and Someone like you and the latest production by Ghanaian group Gallaxy called BokoBoko.

Technically these songs have the feel of the authentic African drums in the instrumentation live and arrangement by the respective sound
engineers. Moreover the languages cut Francophone and Anglophone jurisdiction which is a dominant element of an Afrobeat. This is the
trend which will not fade away. Some known Africans have been tolling this direction over decades now and are still selling commercially
across the continent. Rhythms does not die, they evolve and present themselves in different way to suit the new world. That is what the new generation is calling “contemporary”which quite debatable. Locally we can all testify to the evolution of Ghanaian highlife music.

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EL,D-Black, Sarkodie,R2bees,Castro who came into the industry as Hiplife artistes are producing highlife now because that is what is more commercial now. So it about time they expand their capacity to reach the African Audiences who are waiting to hear them.

If reaching the global community is the focus of the business minded Ghanaian musician then we should restructure our production and marketing policies.

Afia English (@AfiaEnglish)