Category: REVIEWS


Me Firi Ghana presents: The Afrobeats Music Festival Experience

‘The Party Just Never Stops’ Me Firi Ghana Representative Adwoa Asiedu tells us her thoughts on the Afrobeats Festival

Envision a lovely ambiance where people are not afraid to smile at strangers, or loudly sing at their top of their lungs when their favourite tunes come on.

Welcome to my world.

The party began as soon as you entered the 02 building. The anticipation of the event could not be20160730_210740 hidden as I watched how people hurried to get their last minute tickets.  Many dressed to impress, and moreover there was a powerful sense of solidarity amongst the crowd.  The majority that came to the event were of African heritage, but it didn’t matter who we were or who we represented.  It wasn’t about us.  It was about the Arts of Afrobeats and being immersed in the Afrobeats culture.

Credits to the Artists, Dancers, Presenters, DJ’s and the wonderful crowd for making it into delightful night. The show began with superb dancers who brought great energy to the show.   It was the perfect way to launch the festival as it got us into the festival spirit. DJ Abrantee never failed to disappoint with his infectious sense of humour. The crowd were magical.  I stood next to two talented guys whose moves I greatly admired. They didn’t care who was watching and it was beautiful to see. In that moment I thought:  ‘‘That’s what sets Afrobeats music festival apart from other festivals. The party just never stops.’’  There were no boundaries and I have to commend the entertaining crowd for keeping the party going.

20160730_221803My appreciations to DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills who gave us great tunes to dance to throughout the night. The Artists that came to perform were brilliant. Well done to R2bees, The Composers, Moelogo, Mista Silva, May7ven and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A. Each act brought their gift to the stage, however there were a few acts that I thoroughly enjoyed watching because I connected to their musical style, rhythm and lyrics. They were R2bees, Moelogo and Miss Banks.

Multi Award Winners & BET Nominated R2bees were so captivating to watch on stage as they sang some of their biggest hits such as ‘Ajei’. When they opened the show with this song, the crowd fell in love and it was as if it was a brand new song all over again. It was evident to see that they have truly connected with the crowd because at one stage, all one could hear was the crowd singing joyfully in unity.

Moelogo had presence. He proved that he is not a regular artist. I enjoyed watching him sing his 20160730_211652iconic Tune ‘Baddest’ and it was nonetheless a breath-taking performance.

Miss Banks was a true dynamite. She performed her songs with swerve, charm and passion. She’s definitely one to look out for in the music scene.

I came to the festival with high expectations but I was not in the slightest disappointed.  If anything I was deeply touched by the gorgeous harmony between the crowd and the moving performances.

Me Firi Ghana would like to stress that The Afrobeats Music Festival was an unforgettable night. Thank you to all the event organisers who turned this glorious vision to reality on the 30th July 2016.

By Adwoa Asiedu @AdwoaAsiedu777

THE INTENT FILM REVIEW

When I was invited to the press screening for this film I have to admit I thought to myself is this one of these typical Cliche “gang” films. However upon watching it I found myself re-evaluating my initial thinking and realising that it was harsh to even say that. We don’t tend to make these generalisations when the latest slave film or romantic comedy comes out we just tend to take them at face value. So I recommend anyone watching the Intent to do just that and you will quickly realise its a pulsating thriller that documents a life that  many young men from the streets of London face when they are fuelled by the desire/pressure to make quick money and thus enticed into serious crime.

The Intent tells the story of an undercover police officer assigned by Metropolitan Police unit, Trident to bring a notorious gang of robbers and drug traffickers to justice. As the officer becomes entangled in a web of gang culture and lies, will they have “The Intent” to abide by their oath to the force or succumb to the pressure and remain loyal to their crew?

1333The film sees Gunz, played by the critically-acclaimed Birmingham actor Dylan Duffus , thrust into a world of danger and excitement when he joins the TIC crew, led by the ruthless and notorious Hoodz, who is played by renowned UK grime artist and actor,Scorcher . The crew, which also includes Mitch, played by Femi Oyeniran and D’Angel, played by Shone Romulus , go from low-level weed peddling to full on armed robberies within a fortnight. As their newfound infamy affords them a glamorous life of guns, drugs and girls, they soon catch the unwanted attention of the police and a rival gang. To make matters worst they also have to deal with being infiltrated by an undercover police officer.

The film also features a number of leading UK artists, including successful hip hop duo, Krept and Konan, and Fekky. Other actors include Ashley Chin, Jade Asha  and Sarah Akokhia 

This Intent is fast from the beginning and you soon get a gist of how far the TIC crew are willing to take there new found criminal venture. They dynamics among the crew are fascinating as the grow in notoriety and wealth. Suspicion, mistrust and in Mitch’s case God play  a huge part in the crews fortunes. Unsurprisingly the TIC crew are making enough noise and enemies to bring them to attention to a rival crew the clappers led by G Money played by the talented Ashley Chin who watch on with envy plotting how to bring them down which sets up a pulsating finish.

There are a lot of strong performances in the film particularly from Dylan Duffus who plays Gunz but the one who stood out form me was Scorcher as Hoodz. I’m not even sure if you can call him a rapper turned actor anymore. He looks the complete actor to me and is very comfortable in his character. It will be interesting to see if he dedicates more of his time to acting as opposed to music as I think there is a potential for a huge star in Scorcher on the big screen.

The Intent is unique film for the UK because  the British film industry has never had a film of this nature hit the big screen. There has been great films like Adulthood , Kidulthood and Bulletboy etc but in terms of a gritty street tale I don’t recall ever seeing one. So Kudos to Nicky Campbell, Femi Oyeniran and Purple Geko Media for bringing to the big screen its certainly worth a watch.

The Intent is set for a theatrical and multiplatform release on Friday 29th July. A full list of the cinemas where the film is showing is available here: https://www.ourscreen.com/film/the-intent/

Ben Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi, Born in Ghana and Raised in the U.S.

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Yaa Gyasi, whose debut novel sold for at least $1 million last year, was 20 when she stepped into the haunted dungeon of Cape Coast Castle for the first time. It was 2009. She had just completed her sophomore year at Stanford University and was spending the summer in Ghana, the country she left as a toddler.

Her tour guide explained that at the height of the slave trade, British officers—and the black women they married from the Gold Coast—had lived in comfort in the upper chambers of the whitewashed castle. Meanwhile, in the reeking dungeons below, men, women and children waited for the slave ships that would take them across the ocean.

Ms. Gyasi, who is black, snapped a photo of a wooden door that led from the dungeon to the beach. Above it was a sign that said: “Door of No Return.” Suddenly, she felt angry. She had never heard her family talk about the castle, or what it represented.

“It’s conveniently left out that there was this complicity on our side, too,” said Ms. Gyasi, who is now 26 and lives in Berkeley, Calif.

Her debut novel, “Homegoing,” begins with two half-sisters in 18th-century Ghana. One marries a British officer and lives with him high in Cape Coast Castle. The other passes through the dungeon below. Sweeping across more than 250 years of history, the book follows the descendants of both sisters—one family in Ghana, the other in America—devoting one chapter to a member of each generation.

The book is due June 7 from Alfred A. Knopf. The publisher is printing 50,000 copies before the release date, a large number for a literary debut novel.

“ ‘Homegoing’ will break your heart over and over…and leave you optimistic and in awe,” Nichole Solga McCown, a bookseller for Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, Calif., wrote in a review for the American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next List.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of last year’s runaway best-seller and National Book Award-winner on race in the U.S., “Between the World and Me,” tweeted: “Finished Yaa Gyasi’s ‘Homegoing’ yesterday. Thought it was a monster when I started. Felt it was a monster when I was done.”

Ms. Gyasi was born in Mampong, a small town 160 miles north of Cape Coast. She moved to the U.S. at age 2 when her father was working on a Ph.D in French language at Ohio State University. The family moved to Illinois and Tennessee before settling in Huntsville, Ala., the summer she turned 10.

She was a precocious reader, devouring Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë and racing through the young-adult medical dramas of Lurlene McDaniel.

Most of her friends and classmates were white, and, though she didn’t realize it at the time, so were most of the authors she read, both in school and at home. (The Francophone-African texts her father studied didn’t yet interest her.)

“Growing up, one of the things I found most difficult was trying to figure out where I fit in, particularly because while my family is black, obviously we aren’t African-American,” she said. “And because I grew up in predominantly white spaces, I think it could be difficult to figure out how to navigate America’s racial tension.”

When she was a senior in high school, she read her first book by a black woman: “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison.

“It felt as much as a religious calling as you could probably ever get in the secular field,” she said.

She had imagined becoming a writer. Now she was convinced that she could do it. She made an early attempt at writing the book after that 2009 trip to Ghana, but she didn’t begin working on it in earnest until she enrolled at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She wrote without an outline—just a family tree drawn on letter-sized paper, taped to the wall of her apartment.

She had never felt like she quite belonged in either Ghana or the U.S. “A lot of this book stems from…trying to figure out what things connect those two places and how I fit into all of that,” she said.

“Homegoing” is flecked with magic, evoking folk tales passed down from parent to child. One side of the family lives through slavery, Alabama’s convict-leasing system, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance and the heroin epidemic to the present day. On the other side of the Atlantic, the novel explores uncomfortable truths about the participation of Ms. Gyasi’s Fante and Asante ancestors in the slave trade.

The book has structural and thematic similarities to Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1976 book, “Roots,” and its landmark TV series adaptation starring LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte, a man sold into slavery in 18th-century Gambia. A remake of the “Roots” miniseries adaptation, which traces the family’s history well into the 20th century, is set to air on the History, Lifetime and A&E channels starting Monday.

“It’s ‘Roots’ for the 21st century,” said Ivan Held, president of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, which bid $1 million for “Homegoing” but lost out to Knopf. Ms. Gyasi, knowing that her novel would explore similar territory, said she decided not to read Mr. Haley’s book.

One of her characters is Marjorie, a daughter of Ghanaian immigrants in the U.S. After she is born, Marjorie’s parents mail her dried umbilical cord to her grandmother Akua in Ghana, so the elderly woman can place it in the ocean. Should Marjorie’s spirit start to wander, Akua wants her to know which place is home. At a spot not far from Cape Coast, Ms. Gyasi’s grandmother had done the same for her.

Artcle via Wall Street Journal

Rachel Kerr releases ‘All For You’ official video

There’s no doubt of the sheer talent of MOBO award winning singer and songwriter Rachel Kerr. Whilst a lot musicians these days hide a mediocre voice behind a well oiled production machine, Rachel’s ability at showcasing her powerhouse of a voice arguably puts her on par with some of the great vocalists in our time today. I had the opportunity of seeing her live a few years back, and I was not only blown away by her voice, but also by the masterful way she commanded and owned the stage.

 

Her latest offering ‘All For You’, which is available to purchase on iTunes shows Rachel at her best; her vocal range is impressive and she once again proves her mettle as a serious songwriter. With soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, ‘All For You’ is a true testament to Rachel’s musical maturity over the years.

Watch her newly released OFFICIAL VIDEO for ‘All For You’ below:

By Yaa Nyarko

Review: Ghanaians in Parliament with London Mayoral Candidates

Ghanaians in Parliament: forging political partnerships

Kwasi  Kwarteng, Adam Afriyie and Sam Gyimah are the three MPs of Ghanaian heritage that spring to mind when I think of Ghanaians in Parliament… not a group of men and women from my motherland milling about metres from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

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Portcullis House

But that is exactly what The Ghana Society created when it organised ‘Ghanaians in Parliament with London Mayoral candidates’ at Portcullis House. Ghanaians from all walks of life rubbed shoulders with MPs and London Mayor hopefuls under the banner of forging stronger trading ties between Ghana and the UK.

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Fittingly, the event, which as MCed by broadcaster Owusu Frimpong, was staged on Ghana Republic Day on 1 July and hosted by Kelvin Hopkins MP. Mr Hopkins has a long association with Ghana. He is also good friends with The Ghana Society UK  founder Maria Ampah Lovell and it seems is something of a regular at Ghana’s social events. But his ties with Ghana are deep and stretch back to his school days when he had the privilege of watching a game between amateur footballers from the former British colony play in England against Their colonial masters.

The then-called Gold Coast team played BAREFOOT except for bandages on their feet and yet still managed to beat the home team!!!!

 

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Healthy competition is always good, as is partnership and trade which were central themes to the Westminster meeting. uk ghDiscussion centred on how the UK can collaborate with Ghana to foster these longstanding ties. Panellists comprising writers, economists and politicians used the floor to explore how Ghana’s mineral wealth, manpower and expertise can be partnered with the UK.

And this is where contributions from London’s mayoral candidates was key. Some homed in on the need to celebrate multiculturalism …but for me the ones that stuck out were those that were able to draw parallels between Ghana and the UK.

Let’s hope that in the same way that incumbent mayor Boris Johnson has flown the flag for UK-India trade collaborations, these same seeds of change can be planted in the minds of Boris’ successor.

 

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So Tom Chance, who is standing to be the Green Party’s mayoral candidate, highlighted that like the UK, Ghana has ambitious plans to tackle climate change. He  touched on plans in Ghana to increase solar generation capacity by 6% by 2016.

Something I think we can all agree couldn’t come a day too soon for our brothers and sisters languishing under ‘dumsor’. ‘Dumsor’ or load shedding occurs when there is not enough power to deliver electricity to everyone in an area, forcing some people to go without.

In fact, it is UK-based Blue Energy, an investor and developer of renewable energy projects, that is helping Ghana achieve its 6% increase in solar generation capacity by 2016. The company is constructing the 155-megawatt Nzema solar project in Ghana. Overall, however, Ghana has a target to generate 10% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

 

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Kofi Addo of the Ghana High Commission and agro-processing expert Anthony Ayakwah stressed the importance of harnessing Ghana’s resource base and adding value to the raw materials. Salt production in Ghana is an opportunity that isn’t being taken full advantage of, he stressed. Despite Ghana having enough salt to more than meet domestic consumption, Ghana imports salt 1tonnes from Brazil. And if only technology in cashew production in Ghana were more cutting edge, areas such as Wenchi in Ghana’s middle belt would be in a position to meet the needs of the UK market.

But not everyone agree with this model of trade partnership. Prospective Labour mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar observed that it seemed the rhetoric of adding value to Ghana’s resources and forging stronger UK-Ghana trade partnerships had not moved on since his early days as an economist more than 40 years ago. He questioned whether it wasn’t time for Ghana to focus its development around its own needs instead of trying to emulate the West.

Thought provoking stuff. But enough about what I think – see for yourself.

Here are some brief clips from the event:

Introduction

Ghanaian opera singer

Anthony Ayakwah on agro-processing

 

By Kirsty Osei-Bempong (MisBeee Writes)

Article taken from here

 

 

Mista Sliva Let it off EP Launch Review….

 

Mr Kutu Sa Let’s it off at his EP Launch in London

So this past bank holiday Monday I was afforded the chance to round of my Easter weekend in style by attending the launch of Mista Silva’s new EP, Let It Off!

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The night started with much excitement. I got dressed into my finest attire purchased straight from Ghana and made my way up to Stoke Newington. Seeing as I’m from Peckham and I don’t have a north London visa I spent the first half hour on arrival circling the area trying to find out where on earth the venue was!

Within the first 5 minutes I notice the man of the hour himself, Mista Silva enter the lobby sporting the Me Firi Ghana varsity jacket. Whilst I was thrilled to see him support the movement it makes the task of writing this review ever more nerve wracking! At this stage I’m pondering going up to him and asking if he remembers meeting me at BellaRoma nightclub in Accra early last year; however at the risk of looking like a fanboy I “stay in my lane” and go about my business.

Stepping in the venue I saw so many familiar faces from my time living in Accra, I felt like I was in an Osu nightclub! The place was full to the rafters as the crowd danced away to the sounds of Shatta Wale, Sarkodie and Bisa Kdei, waiting for the show to start.

The first act to take to the stage was a rapper by the name of Eugy (@EugyOfficial). Coincidently I had come across him a few days earlier when I shared his #BalenciagaFreestyle on twitter. His style is truly unique. He smoothly integrates both Twi and English into his songs and makes something that both the man on the block and in the village can vibe to! Among the rising popularity of UK Afrobeats, pioneered by people such as Mista Silva, Eugy has managed to find his own sound that falls somewhere in between hip-hop/grime and Afrobeats. Expect big things from this brother!

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Now I have to admit, the next artist to take to the stage was not familiar to me. However if you’re into your Afrobeats you’d have to have been living under a rock to not hear the song he performed! The artist was DJ Afro B (@DjAfroB) and the song was the masterpiece Baba God. The whole crowd erupted as we all in unison sang the chorus together! Whether singing in English or French this man tore it up! He quite expertly used a traditional African practice of using music to worship and has made it current and funky! You could vibe to this in both the Church and at carnival. His two amazing dancers on either side of him completed the spectacle. Well done sir!

As we approached the headline act we were treated to a Kutu Sa dance off. Anyone whos tried (and failed in my instance) to learn how to do this dance will recognise the two guys who took to the stage from youtube.Over three rounds of Kutu Sa’ing later, the crowd could still not decide who was their winner! I suppose this just serves as a testament to how much they have mastered it!

At this stage you could sense the anticipation of the crowd to hear the man for whom we had all come to hear. The Kuta Sa dance off alongside the sounds being performed by the live band served as the perfect warm up for Mista Silva to grace the stage. He came to the stage in almost Fela-esque fashion, as the band reached a crescendo. In a flurry of energy he jumped on the stage and immediately got into performance of the lead track from his EP “Goes Down”. There wasn’t a soul in the building that didn’t feel the music and let it take over them! Everyone vibed from the energy that Silva was radiating. The greatest respect you can give an artist is that just by watching them perform a crowd can’t help but get on their feet and dance. Silva seemed to be able to do this naturally! As he continued to perform each song from the EP the crowds energy never waned! His last performance was of the bonus track, Nyame ah y3. This for me was undoubtedly the highlight of the show. Performing almost exclusively in Twi or pidgin English, Silva perfectly represented himself and his musical identity in this track. In his own words he “stands representing the UK and Ghana Music scene, but I stand here as a black star”. I felt the track Nyame ah y3 perfectly encapsulated that message. A special mention must go out to the live band who made the event a spectacle of African/UK music. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who left the event thinking that Afrobeats  with a live band is truly something special!

As we wound down, just to demonstrate the humility of the man, Silva ended by giving thanks to the people that helped him get to where he is and also by giving a prayer. This humility and dedication to his craft will surely see him go far and remain at the top of the UK Afrobeats scene! A truly pioneering artist Silva has played his part in the rise of pride among African communities in the UK of their culture. Keep repping GH, keep repping Africa and keep repping the UK! Most importantly keep doing you because you’re doing us all proud!

Malachi Mukete (@MallyMukete)

GUBA EXPO 2014 Review by Myriam Osei….

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There’s the ‘GUBA Awards’ – the prestigious Ghana UK Based Achievement awards founded in 2009 to celebrate the achievements of individuals in the British Ghanaian society –on the same line, stands ‘GUBA EXPO’, the two-day event, which premiered on 7th  November 2014.

The word ‘EXPO’ in the brand’s name, stands for ‘exposure’, or ‘exhibition’, and as one would expect this term fits perfectly well with the concept of this new platform, which is to showcase Ghanaian made products and provides an avenue for small or big businesses, to find their niche into the prominently fierce British market.

I attended the 2nd day of ‘GUBA EXPO’, not as a business entrepreneur or with a marketing degree fastened in my right hand, but simply as a creative and inquisitive mind, wanting to witness directly what the widely publicised event has to offer.

Rewinding to Day 1 of the event, it was composed of workshops and discussions, led by speakers who shared their expertise on the craft of business; a vivid exchange between members of the audience and industry experts. Some of the guests were Mavis Amankwah and Ghana’s minister of tourism and culture, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare.

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Day 2 was focused on the display of various African products; a chance for ‘GUBA EXPO’ and the investors to stand their grounds and prove to the audience and store’s representatives present why these Ghanaian made products were indeed worth importing to the British ground.

As a Ghanaian myself, it was with a mix of pride and astonishment, hidden under a calm pretence and demeanour that I walked through the sectors interestingly looking at products made in Ghana. There were clothes, bags, accessories and phones cases, covered in vibrant African print. There were also skin nourishment creams composed of natural ingredients from the West African country. From some steps away, I could also see a natural-made honey brand, and as I approached, the owner proudly tells me that the packaging and all that it contains originates from Ghana, which makes it all “natural”. From the other side of the room, I noticed a vivid exchange between a Tesco’s representative, and a woman discussing what I believe is Ghana’s favourite pepper sauce ‘Shitto’ conserved in a small transparent jar in the table in front of them.

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As I spoke with GUBA  founder, Dentaa, she explained to me that the inspiration for it started in 2013 when she witnessed the “remarkable products” that Ghanaians made through one of ‘GUBA awards’ categories for ‘Best product’, she recounts: “That’s when I realised ‘Wow, Ghanaians are actually making some remarkable products’, why is It not in the shops anytime I go, why isn’t in Tesco’s, why isn’t in Selfridges or Topshops or Topman, what can we do about that?” When asked about ‘GUBA EXPO’, she explained, “It’s about getting our products out there, and it’s about Ghanaians, Africans and other individuals coming to buy the products.”

‘GUBA EXPO’ is indeed changing the formal perception sometimes associated with business, and creates an exciting line for African and Ghanaian products to be promoted and used on an international scale.

Check out the Myriam’s video, capturing her experience and featuring interview with GUBA founder Dentaa Amaoteng below;

Myriam Osei @Angelpeacejoy)

Mista Silva single review…. Like it!

We Like it!

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UK afrobeats star Mista Silva has blessed us again with another infectious track. Like it featuring A.I.M (African Independent Musician) from his E.P ‘Let it off’. The track produced by Boatz has an energetic and bouncy rhythm with A.I.M vocals giving it a reggae feel.

The south London based  artist does what he does best on this one. Soothing us with his signature vocals over a feel good rhythm . Cant fault him on this one.

For your own listening pleasure, check out the track below –  We definitely like it!

 

https://soundcloud.com/mista-silva-muisc/mista-silva-ft-aim-like-it-produced-by-boatz-made-it

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_Firi_GHANA)

Review: Sarkodie / Amakye Dede Live in London – 24/8/2014

The Highlife legend and the “Rapperholic” set the Dominion Theatre Ablaze!

Bank Holiday Sunday saw the much-anticipated joint live concert of multiple award winners Sarkodie & Amakye Dede take place at the Dominion Centre in London’s Wood Green.

Hosted by the hilarious Simply Andy & the sublime Ohemaa Ghana, this was an unmissable event which was to showcase two of the grandest and greatest artists of Ghana’s past and present. Ghana national coach Kwesi Appiah took his seat amongst the capacity crowd in anticipation of what was to be an incredible night.

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And the concert did not disappoint. Sarkodie showed himself to be already a true giant of the Ghanaian music scene at just 29 years of age, brooding with effortless confidence as the crowd rapped and sung along to every hit tune – even then, it was impossible at times to keep up with his blistering rap speed! A particularly comedic moment showcased Sarkodie’s stunning skills of improvisation and quick thought as a security guard came onto the stage to pick up cash which had been thrown upon the artist and Sarkodie told him that he didn’t mind if the guard failed to collect all the notes as for him ‘money no be prablem!’ It’s fair to say most of the raucous crowd was slayed by that line!

Sarkodie’s powerhouse performance was dotted with some special guest appearances. Popular actor John Dumelo & international football star Emmanuel Adebayor jumped onto the stage with Sarkodie to display their azonto skills, while a rendition of ‘Down on One’ triggered a special surprise appearance by UK’s very own Fuse ODG.

However it was undeniable who truly owned the Dominion Centre stage. This was Sarkodie’s night, and he had the crowd eating out of his hand with every move and every lyric. There was no greater example of this than when the super smash hit ‘Adonai’ finally dropped, and all composure was lost amongst the crowd in the arena. Obia nto ne collection! It was a particularly poignant performance in light of recent events concerning the co-artist of this remix track, but Obidi Pon Bidi powered through with sheer heart & talent to deliver an unforgettable rendition which sealed off an outstanding set.

Ghana’s premier urban artist then gave way to one of the greatest legends of Ghanaian music, the incomparable ‘Iron Boy’ Amakye Dede! Backed by an awesome live band, the ‘Abrantie’ himself fizzed and crackled with electric energy, which transmitted across the capacity crowd. Jumping across stage and along the aisles with more vim than men half his age, Dede produced a masterclass of a live performance which would put many artists of today to shame. If he could bottle what runs through his veins and sell it to the masses, he would be even richer than most!

images83SBMQTJ Only the dead would have been able to keep completely still as Mr. Dede rolled back the clock and got the audience dancing to his irrepressible highlife. Some female fans couldn’t help themselves and even breached the stage to shower Amakye Dede with cash and compliments! You couldn’t fail to be manipulated and moved by the breathtaking vibrancy and colour of Amakye Dede and his live band. As far as legends go, there aren’t many out there greater than this giant of an artist, and he didn’t disappoint here at the Dominion Centre.

As the night drew to a close and the curtain finally fell upon the Dominion Centre stage, you couldn’t deny this had been an awesome & successful event. Ghana came to London this night. On this late-summer’s evening, a stunning live meeting saw two phenomenal Black Stars of Ghanaian Music shine brighter than ever in the capital.

Dr. Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Tinchy Stryder New Single Review ‘Misunderstood’

The Star in the Hood is back!

Kwasi Danquah better known as Tinchy Stryder may have had his brief moment of silence but take heart all you dedicated fans, the king of grime is back and will be gracing us with new music this year.

Let’s take it back to his signature singles such as ‘Number 1’ ‘Never leave you’ ‘Spaceship’ and ‘Bright Lights’ which were major hits and are still classic songs which we still appreciate.

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Expect a new vision with his highly-anticipated fourth studio album entitled 360º. Produced by Pink & Brain , ‘Misunderstood’ is a creative unique sound that is full of style and substance with excellent beat and song delivery. His message quite frankly is ‘Don’t put me in a box’. My interpretation of the song is that we’re not meant to be understood by everyone because we are all unique in our own ways. Being misunderstood is ok and can be seen as a blessing in disguise because you’re free from being labelled. You’re free from being limited with the skills, gifts and talents you possess. Think about it…

Prepare to be surprised with this new smash hit single. All that remains is to embrace Tinchy embarking on a new musical journey.

Have a listen to his new single below and make sure you grab yourself a copy. It is Available to buy on iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/misunderstood-single/id854402981

Check out the official video for Misunderstood below..

Adwoa Asiedu (@AdwoaAsiedu777)