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4×4 to launch 5th album “WaP”

 4×4 to launch 5th album “WaP”

Hiplife trio 4×4 is set to launch its 5th studio album today, with a free street concert on Accra’s Osu Oxford Street.

The title track of the album “Waist and Power” (WaP) when released is expect to attract positive attention from music audience worldwide. WaP has already spawned 3 chart toping singles namely “Waist and Power”, “Womaniser” and “Yesii Yesii”, the current dance floor banger.

This comes on the back of their recent win of The Best Group Music Video Award the 2011 4syte TV Music Video Awards.

According to group leader, Captain Planet “The Osu Oxford street choice as venue will not only help bring us closer to our fans, but will afford us the opportunity to connect and give them an early Christmas gift”.

The “WaP” album has got 12 tracks, all written and composed by 4×4 and is being released under their own X4 Records label.

According to Coded, “The Waist and Power album is a tribute to the African man from an African Woman. It celebrates the strengths, work and deeds of true black men who show love care and kindness to their women”.

The album launch is expected to be a massive funfair that will feature an exciting supporting line-up including VIP, Buk Bak, Castro, Tinny, 5five, Ruff-n-Smooth, Asem, Stay Jay, Trigmatic, Jupiter, EL, J Town, Keche, Chemphe, Eduwodzi, Pope Skinny.

The rest are Diamond, Mzbel, D-Cryme, D-Black, D-Money, Saint Riya, Samini and many more. This launch is a prelude to their 2012 Ghana tour to be followed by an African tour later in the year.

GHANA VS NIGERIA: What’s the beef stew

For years and years, well for as long as I can remember in my 25 years of living the unspoken feud between Ghanaians and Nigerians has been in existence. But why? When We’re practically next door neighbours.

Apart from the difference in language, our preference for the sweet smell of Basmati as oppose to bullet rice… I mean long grain is there actually any significant distinction between us. There are many myths that have caused segregation between the two nations and whilst we are so similar, I can’t help but notice some of the same points being raised when it comes to this apparent dislike we supposedly have for one another.

Some of the reoccurring statements I hear are Nigerian boys are better looking, why do Nigerian men prefer Ghanaian women, who are the better sports stars? Who produces better afro beats and most importantly WHO INVENTED JOLLOF RICE ? It has been profoundly stated by many that in fact Jollof rice comes from Sierra Leone yet us Ghanaians and Nigerians still continue to bicker over the much loved rice dish even though we quite clearly had nothing to with it. Our egos have taken control because both countries are desperate to score one point over the other. Why do we get offended if we get mistaken for one or the other and why do we continuously feel the need to argue over who has had independence first.

There are aspects of our brothers and sisters from across the ponds culture we will indeed never understand like what is the Nigerian obsession with having boys, why do most Ghanaians names begin with the letter K, Kwesi, Kwabena, Kojo then randomly Nana is thrown into the mix. The reason I decided to pose this question is because in a few weeks Ghana vs Nigeria will be taking place at Watford and already tension is building up. I have many Nigerian friends and although this unspoken beef stew is simply fun and light hearted I can’t help but feel that whoever wins this game will feel like instead of winning a friendly football match will instead feel like they’ve won the championship for best African country in the world competition. I’m here to say it doesn’t really matter because in the eyes of everyone else African is African.

Let us know what you think about this so called feud @ www.mefirighana.com or facebook and Twitter.

Audrey Indome

Ghanaian Celebrity: Loick Essien

Essien began his musical career in 2008, when he appeared on rapper Chipmunk’s debut single “Beast”. The single, released on 8 October 2008, debuted at number 181 in the UK Singles Chart and later appeared on the album I Am Chipmunk.

Talented Essien also featured on artist Bashy’s lead single from his upcoming second album,
“When the Sky Falls”- The single was released independently on 12 March 2010, debuted at number 114 in the United Kingdom.

On 12 October 2010, Essien found his independent path, through releasing his debut solo single;
“Love Drunk”- in the UK through Sony Music, where it debuted at number 57 in the UK chart. It was then confirmed in February 2011 that Essien would release his debut album, entitled Identity later that year. The second single to be released from the album, entitled “Stuttering” was released on 6 February 2011 and featured Grime group N-Dubz, the single marked Essien’s top 40 debut, when it charted at number 36 on the UK Singles Chart.

Here is a snippet of Loick caught in the moment, answering a few Questions in an interview with MTV, so we’ll find out fresh stuff!!

Q: What were N-Dubz like to work with? Seeing as they have been doing this for a while, did they offer you any words of advice?
A: Definitely they just said that they think I’m going to do some really big things in 2011 – they’re supporting me all the way, and anything I need help with, they are there so let them know. I think that was just really nice, just to have their support and to know that they’re were on my side, and kind of want me to do well. Other than that, it was laughs and jokes, we had a good time and a good day it was a successful shoot.

Q: Do you think Stuttering and your previous material (e.g. Love Drunk) are good indications of what fans can expect from your album, Identity?
A: I think what fans can expect is a diverse album, because although I’ve done Love Drunk and Stuttering, they’re very different in terms of sound. I just feel like there are a lot more sounds on there as well, like slow jams for the girls.

There is also a party record, when you just want to go out. You might be with your boys or with your girls and getting ready to go out and you just want to get into that mood for that moment, then there’s the ballads, where you’ve got me singing my heart out about love. I think there’ll be features on there that’ll blow minds as well but I can’t really talk about them, but I think it’s going to be crazy.

Q: If you were to describe your album in three words, what three words would you chose?
A: Fresh, Current, Amazing!

Q: Are there any new artists coming up through the ranks that you think we should look out for, apart from yourself?
A: I think you should definitely look out for Encore and another band called Dutchess, they’re crazy as well.

Q: You have been named as one of MTV’s artists that we love, what can we expect from you in 2011?
A: I think more music, more music videos, more shows to see me sing my heart out, hopefully the N-Dubz tour and of course, more of Loick!

Watch out for Loick’s new single currently out now, ‘How we Roll’ ft Tanya Lacey!!!

By Trey’C.

Trigmatic: voted “Best Rapper”

Towards the late part of 2010 we were hearing that there was a new artist who was tipped to be a BIG hit. We were also hearing that there was an artist who had a song that related to the Me FiRi GHANA T-Shirts too. When we were in Ghana we heard a song along those lines but we thought we were dreaming.

But Trigmatic also know as Nana Yaw Oduro has released an official video for his hit track MiFri GHANA. Trigmatic is also the recent winner of the “BEST RAPPER” category and received his award at the 2011 Ghana Music Awards (GMA) where he also gave a memorable live performance

Things are definitely just beginning for the award winning artist so stay tuned. In the mean time watch his official video above and spread the word about Trigmatic and be proud to represent and say “Me FiRi GHANA

We are sure you’ll be hearing some more about Trigmatic this year from Me FiRi GHANA