September 2016


A NIGHT WITH THE COMPOZERS 4 – December 2016

Their ascent has been rapid; the waves made over the course of the last few years imperious in magnitude. Having exploded onto the scene in 2013, this eclectic team of four incredibly-talented young Ghanaian musicians have become the standard in urban music live acoustics and instrumentalism. Charlie, Nana, Stephen and David have supported Nigerian music behemoth Wizkid and Ghana’s finest rapper Sarkodie, as well as regularly collaborating with Fuze ODG to name a few. In 2016 alone they have had the pleasure of performing on the same ticket as rap royalty Lauryn Hill and have rubbed shoulders with legitimate royalty in Prince Harry.

Regardless of where they perform and who they perform with, there is one jewel in the Compozer/Decadence Entertainment crown which gleams bigger and brighter with every passing year – one hallmark event at which their swelling number of fans can congregate to vibe, dance, sing along and get hyped as the Compozers come home to do what they do best. That event is A Night With The Compozers.

The first ANWTC in North London was an incredible event and each year the Compozers have slammed into their home event with increasing ferocity, ingenuity, creativity and vibrancy – proving that their finger never leaves the pulse of the musical landscape as they manage to put their inimitable spin on music from all eras. The fourth iteration of ANWTC promises to be the best yet!

Taking place at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on December 19th, ANWTC4 will be a show-stopping experience that will guarantee an amazing show for all in attendance. From a psychedelic stage and on-screen visuals, to bombastic tunes which will not fail to get you moving, you will not be disappointed!

Tickets for ANWTC sell out notoriously quickly so if you are going to be in London in December, you are advised to get your tickets now for what promises to be THE musical event of the Christmas season!

Date: Monday 19th December 2016 – 7PM

Venue: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8TT

Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Friday 9th September 2016

By Dr. Jermaine Bamfo

Introducing: Talented Ghanaian Musician Sofie – Touch My Soul

Here at Me Firi Ghana we’re keen to showcase and promote emerging young creative talent. Within the Music scene we’ve seen the continual rise to fame of artists like Fuse ODG, Ed Sheeran, Sarkodie and Justin Bieber, but what we may not have seen is their journey in realising their dream!

I remember standing with Ed Sheeran at Tinie Tempah’s first London concert during the release of his album Discovery some years back. As we all looked at him perform I remember Ed staring in awe saying, ‘wow, this guy is really talented’; Ed is now doing world wide tours selling out stadiums! We also remember how Justin entered the music scene, doing MJ and Usher covers on YouTube, using the platform to showcase his diverse creativity in music. Well, he now has the ability to ask fans to stop buying his records so others can be number one in the charts as he did last Christmas for the Lewisham NHS Choir!

All came from humble beginnings in pursuit of their dream, so when we heard Sofie’s recent song Touch My Soul and saw her pursuing her dream sharing her journey on YouTube and then we found out she was Ghanaian, charlie, we had to support, share and interview her to find out more…

 

What’s the story behind your new single?

How the whole song came about is actually kind of peculiar but interesting at the same time. I was in bed, had just woken up but was in one of the half awake, half asleep states. I remember I kept singing this melody to myself consciously and subconsciously at the same time… It was so strange. But after that happened I immediately threw my duvet off and grabbed my guitar and recorded it on voice notes on my phone because I knew it had the potential to be a really good chorus for a song. That’s how ‘Touch My Soul’ was born. After I had worked out the chords I wanted to use for the song, my lyrics and the rest of the melody flowed pretty quickly. The first lyrics of the chorus are ‘Touch my soul then you might get permission to touch my body.’ Those lyrics literally just flowed out of me so quickly, it was all so organic. A lot of young people today get together in some random club with whomever whenever without even getting to know the name of the person and without even connecting with them first or getting to know them. That’s not my style. That’s basically what the song is about.

 

nu7a0216_29190677672_oHow would you describe your style?

I’m a singer/songwriter and I would say that my style is kind of acoustic pop but there are also some jazz/rap elements that are portrayed in my music. I really dislike putting myself into a genre. I’ve listened to so much music from many different genres over the eighteen years of my lifetime and I feel like they’ve all influenced what my debut single ‘Touch My Soul’ and the rest of my unreleased music sounds like. My music style is going to change and evolve into so many different things as I change and evolve as a person and I think that’s one of the things I’m most excited about; hearing the music I’m going to make in about 5 years time.

 

We’ve seen your social media countdown for the new single, how’s the campaign and song preview been received so far?

Yeah I’ve really enjoyed doing the social media countdown! It’s been so fun involving my friends as well on Instagram. It’s been received really well and people seem excited to hear ‘Touch My Soul’ so I’m really hyped to share it with the world.

 

What do you do for fun when you’re not working on music?

I really love playing most sports but especially football and I love watching football too and playing Fifa. I’m also really into photography and film-making, I’m studying Photography ‘A’ level at the moment as well as English and Classics.

 

nu7a0274_28676298174_oIf you could collab with 3 artists, who would they be and why?

This is so ridiculously hard to choose but I’m just going to give you 3 artists that I love. Logic because he’s one of my favourite rappers and he carries a great message. Lianne La Havas because her music is so beautiful and she also seems like such a lovely person and lastly Alessia Cara because I can relate to her music so much and I feel like we could make such epic music together and we’d probably get on so well.

 

Which musicians are you most influenced by?

Tracy Chapman

Lauryn Hill

Bob Marley

Ed Sheeran

The 1975

Alicia Keys

Justin Bieber

Chance The Rapper

Lianne La Havas

Drake

Jack Johnson

Cody Simpson

Amy Winehouse

Raury

There are so so many more but this is what I can think of off the top of my head.

 

What can we expect to see next from Sofie?

More music very, very soon! 🙂

 

 

Sofie SvanikierAfter listening to her new single and some of Sofie’s covers on YouTube, we can say she is defiantly a talented cool artist following her passion who knows how to write a catchy tune that we can all relate to! We look forward to hearing more from Sofie…

You can listen to the new single by Sofie Touch My Soul now on soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/sofie-svanikier/touch-my-soul

UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce Launches Investment Tour in Accra for British Businesses

The UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) will host a multi-sector business trip to Accra for British companies, investors, exporters, importers and SMEs, in October 2016.

The five-day Ghana Investment Tour (GIT) will focus on showcasing collaborative and investment opportunities in Ghana’s technology, tourism and agriculture sectors, and provide a platform for UK firms, SMEs and investors to communicate with key regulators, potential local partners, and leading private sector players in the country.

The UKGCC, officially launching in Accra on 1st September 2016, is set up to facilitate and YlQZH9wrpromote trade and commercial relations between the UK and Ghana, and act as the voice for British businesses looking to access and engage with the Ghanaian market, whilst providing assistance to Ghanaian companies investing in the UK.

UKGCC’s CEO Tony Burkson, based in Accra, says: ‘Ghana remains an exciting prospect for British companies due to its historic trading relationships with the UK. British expertise and innovation is highly sought after in Ghana and the wider West Africa region. The Ghana Investment Tour is an opportunity for British companies to meet decision makers, regulators and potential business partners in Ghana. The UKGCC is excited to welcome British businesses to Accra in October for the Ghana Investment Tour.’

The UK is one of the largest foreign investors in Ghana, and several British brands already operate in the West African country, including Barclays, Standard Chartered, Vodafone, Tullow, Blue Skies, British Airways, G4S, Prudential, GlaxoSmithKline, and Diageo. Ghana is also a favoured choice for SME’s making their first steps exporting into Africa, with benefits such as skilled and trainable labour, immediate access to all the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) markets, and a large consumer base with a growing middle class.

GIT aims to give new, business-focused entrants to Ghana a packaged opportunity to research and act-upon their business and investment interests in the country, alongside a friendly team of UK and Ghanaian experts and professionals.

The tour is supported by the Development of International Trade (DIT) in Ghana (formerly UKTI) and is organised in partnership with AB2020, a British company that connects and highlights investors, businesses, projects and entrepreneurs operating in Ghana, and sub-Saharan Africa.

AB2020 Creator and UK-born Ghanaian Akosua Annobil, based in London, says: ‘From traditional investors and angel networks, to tech start-ups and the Africa Diaspora, we’ve seen a healthy rise in appetite to do business in Ghana over the past year. However, we’ve also found that due to misconceptions, lack of connections, and perhaps a limited understanding of the diverse opportunities and cultures in the country, many are unsure of how to start and where to navigate.

‘As a UK-based company with a Ghana focus we aim to ease those anxieties, which is why we’re excited to be partnering with the UKGCC on a series of Ghana Investment Tours for the British business community in October this year, and in to 2017.’

ECOWAS-LogoGhana is one of the largest economies within ECOWAS, and in terms of investment is currently ranked 70th out of 189 countries in the latest World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings, placing the country as the fifth most favourable place to conduct business in Africa after Mauritius (28th), South Africa (43rd), Rwanda (46th), Tunisia (60th), and the first in West Africa above countries such as Cote d’Ivoire (147th), Togo (149th), Benin (151st), Burkina Faso (167th) and Nigeria (170th).

With a shared history and cultural links, Ghana and the UK have a strong bilateral trade relationship, strengthened by a steady stream of ministerial and diplomatic visits from high profile figures in recent years, including HRH Prince Edward and Adam Afriyie, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.

The Ghana Investment Tour (GIT) is running from Monday 17th to Friday 21st October 2016 in Ghana’s capital city Accra. Limited spaces are currently available for UK-based delegates who can register their interest via the UKGCC website http://ukgcc.com.gh or AB2020 http://africabusiness2020.com

An Afrobeats Poem- Wake Us Up!

Copyright(c) 2016 Adwoa Asiedu

 

Can you hear the sound of the African drum?

Beating ever so loud, dying to be heard.

Can you feel the rhythm of the night?

The old has gone, new melodies have come.

New songs will be sung,

Can you see people being set free?

Thy sweet romance finally breaking out.

And will spread like flames of fire.

Once we were kept in the dark,

Today is a different story, we’re now in the light.

Leading the way for others to come.

Wake us up!

For we have been sleeping for too long.

Wake us up!

Consume us so we can take our positions.

As Kings and Queens.

By Adwoa Asiedu (@AdwoaAsiedu777)

 

Gogglesprogs needs you!

Studio Lambert, the makers of the Bafta award-winning Gogglebox are back to see what our children have to say when they’re watching the telly.

Gogglesprogs is an exciting series for Channel 4 that will feature groups of children from around the UK watching and reviewing a selection of television programmes.  Whether its groups of siblings, cousins or friends, we are looking for kids from all over the UK who have something to say.
If you think you know the next generation of sofa critics or you’re interested in finding out a bit more please contact us on gogglesprogs@studiolambert.com