Tag: Azonto

Sarkodie to headline Indigo O2 for Ghana’s 59th Independence

Unarguably the biggest persona of Ghanaian music and one of Africa’s greatest, Sarkodie will become the first African rapper to headline his own concert at Indigo at the O2.

The multiple BET winner and Mobo award nominee, who recently joined Fuse ODG on the last leg of his UK tour is one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance made popular by Fuse ODG internationally.

Sarkodie will be taking his brand to the next level as he has enlisted the support of UK’s most sought after live band, The Compozers to rock the crowd and UK’s afrobeats pioneer, Abrantee to host the event.

The audience are in for a mega treat with Sarkodie’s skilful 50-syllables-per-second flow, countless hits from a career spanning 15 years and a flux of surprise guest performers including his personal DJ Mensah to ensure a show-stopper.

This concert will surely establish Sarkodie as one of the world’s most iconic African artists.

Tickets for Sarkodie’s concert are now on sale! Click here to purchase before they’re are sold out!

Men On Point!: The X Factor Phenomenon of Reggie N Bollie

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘Phenomenon’ as something that can be observed…that typically is unusual or difficult to understand or explain fully; someone or something that is very impressive or popular especially because of an unusual ability or quality.

Reggie N Bollie are a phenomenon, in every sense of the word.

medium_x_WYim5Nb0LTzcC9r-dNcV8Lzfti4tJiHeaQALf6L4UThey first came to our screens as ‘Menn On Point’. The eagle-eyed among us caught on to the fact that the smaller of the duo was Bollie, the man who brought us the classic tune ‘You May Kiss The Bride’. Others will have known that the taller and more vocal Reggie released three singles in Ghana in 2006: ‘Virgin’, ‘For Sale’ & ‘Adoma’. Their thick Ghanaian accents caught our ears as they entered the stage to stand before the judges. We all didn’t know what to expect. Some of us probably even reached for cushions, pillows, or whatever else we could find to hide behind. Their VT didn’t offer much encouragement. It looked like these guys were set-up to be disasters. I still remember the Twitter timeline was full of people from other African nations calling Ghanaians to watch as we were about to disgrace ourselves and the entire continent on live primetime TV.

Oh how those haters went quiet!

Since then, Reggie N Bollie’s progress through the competition has been relentless. At every stage where one felt they x_factor_7th_november_01h38.jpgwould lose steam, they pulled another strong performance out of the bag, winning over more and more fans along the way. From the entire judging panel, to guest stars like Louis Tomlinson – who is a member of arguably the biggest music group in the world One Direction – the humble duo of Reggie N Bollie have been winning hearts, winning acclaim, and most importantly of all, winning the public vote. Support which has culminated in them winning a place in the X Factor 2015 Live Finals on Sunday 6th December 2015.


While their vocal performances aren’t the best, their sheer exuberance is infectious. Every week, they have been the ones to watch. The Afrobeat feel that they have brought to the competition is fresh, new and unusual for a competition like the X Factor which favours the Mariah’s and Whitney’s of this world. This season he has jigged about the presenters, the format and even at one point the announcer, but Reggie N Bollie’s sound and energy have been the fresh air that Simon Cowell has so desperately sought for his show.

reggie-bollie-maiSocial media snapped, crackled and popped with celebration and exclaim from Ghanaians both in the UK and those following in Ghana itself. Funnily enough, with a place in the final, a different set of dissenters have decided to rear their ugly heads.

‘Jokes over’ some have said. ‘They’re a novelty act’ claim others. To call Reggie N Bollie a ‘novelty act’, as a certain red-top tabloid publication trumpeted in their pages the day after the boys secured their place in the 2015 finals, does them the greatest disservice. Novelty acts include those from ages past such as Wagner, acts with no talent who prance about the stage playing the clown. Reggie N Bollie are simply bringing a brand of music to X Factor platform which it’s never seen before and there are many out there who don’t understand what to make of it! In a season where among the other competitors we have seen the twelve shades of the grey we see year in year out on the X Factor, Reggie N Bollie have splashed vibrant multicolour all over the set on a weekly basis.

And that’s why they’re in the Finals. If you wanted to see a barnstorming wild and energetic performance in this year’s live Cheryl_just_danced_with_Reggie_N_Bollie_on_X_Factorshows, they were the ones who were going to bring it. Every Saturday was Ghana Independence Parade live on ITV1. Who would have thought that we would ever see Cheryl Fernandez-Versini displaying her finest Azonto on the X Factor stage? But they made it happen! It’s no surprise that the performance that was called their worst, the semi-final rendition of ‘Locked Away’ was their most laidback performance of the whole series!

Reggie N Bolie have been the great performers, the show-stoppers – black stars colouring the X Factor landscape with a red, gold and green hue. And much of the British public gets them – they get the flair, they love the flavour, they’re enjoying the ride! Reggie N Bollie have injected adrenaline into a format which had been striving for a new lease of life, and brought a new vibe amongst a cohort which doesn’t really bring anything different to what has been seen before. While the others are fighting for a chance to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the pop acts of today, Reggie N Bollie have been running their own race, in their own lane, with their own inimitable style.

maxresdefaultFor the second year running, after the exploits of Fleur East last year, Ghana stands proud once again at the finals of the X Factor. Reggie N Bollie have taken the baton and continued to run fast with it, right to the summit. Will this be second time lucky? Louisa Johnson may the strong favourite, but you never know. After all, phenomena are unusual and difficult to explain…

By 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.

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.

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.

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)

Mista Silva up close and personal


Me FiRi Ghana interviews and gets behind the brand of Mista Silva

We get up close and personal and understand what makes him tick, explore some of his life thoughts and opinions and delve into his love for Afrobeats, Arsenal and Ghana

More Information:

Mista Silva Twitter: @MistaF2DSilva
Me FiRi Ghana Twitter: @Me_FiRi_Ghana

Filmed by Me FiRi Ghana’s Creative Director Samuel Mensah
For interviews, film or brand consultancy contact us at info@mefirighana.com


Itz Tiffany ‘Dance’ review

Itz Tiffany – Dance (Neke Neke)


Our girl Itz Tiffany is back with a brand new video and we at Me Firi Ghana want to say we liiiiikkkeee!

Entitled ‘Dance’ (Neke Neke) and produced by Killbeatz, Ghana’s premier female rapper Itz Tiffany is back to doing what she does best, this time accompanied by a wicked azonto video. I’m not too crazy about the lyrics (I think Itz Tiffany can do better), but the video makes up for it.

Directed by ever brilliant Nana Kofi Asihene, the video features azonto dancers on the various streets of Accra. So if by now you still don’t know how to azonto (you should be ashamed of yourself!), then this video should serve as the perfect tutorial. Watch out for the boy in the red shirt and shorts and the one in the green top – they killed it!

Check out the video below

By Yaa Nyarko

F– USE ODG’s Antenna Launch in London


We are so proud of our boy F– USE ODG for where his musical talent is taking the Ghanaian Culture. Bangers after bangers and he hasn’t even released T.I.N.A yet….

This is a preview of what went down at F– USE ODG’s Antenna Launch Party in London. If you haven’t seen it, check it out

New Hit Single by D Black called Oh Vera!



The new swag hit by the one and only D-Black.

I guarantee you if you listen to this azonto/ hip hop tune you’ll be singing it throughout the whole week! Yep I guarantee, with the catchy pidgin lyrics “Ebi me wey you do me Like dat?”

The music video features a newly fresh signed artist by D- Black, who goes by the name Joey B( check him out guys). My great applauds to the creative Mr Zeph who filmed and edited the music video.

This music video has set the bar for me, especially when it comes to the Ghana hip-hop scene. The high school swag, hip hop theme and creative animation all worked effectively for me.

A successful video yet again by D- Black.

In the music video we see how D- Black truly loved “VERA”, however the beautiful, curvaceous “VERA” has more cards to play other than just the poor D- Black. He scrambles to keep her through reminiscing all he has done for her, but sadly fails when she’s off again with another fella.

“Herh! I fool Paa I now see… Ooh VERA”.

Check out the Video! And tell us what you think.


Itz Tiffany drops EP ‘Press Play’

Itz Tiffany Releases New EP and Unveils Cover Art


‘Itz Tiffany’ has released her much anticipated EP titled ‘Itz Tiffany-Press Play’. The title of the EP reflects her current re-brand and also reinforces her new name. Since bursting onto the scene Itz Tiffany has enjoyed massive success with hit singles ‘Fake London Boy’, ‘Last One’, Agyekoom amongst countless features, with the most popular being the addictive ‘Azonto’, which has established her firmly as a global musician.

According to Itz Tiffany, this EP will be a preview of what’s to come next year on her full length studio album. So far, 2 singles have dropped in ‘Akyee Wo’ and ‘Superman’, which have been very well received. The EP features 6 tracks with the main feature being Mugeez (R2bees), who adds his sweet melodies to ‘Forever’, and production being handled by long term collaborator’s Killbeatz, Jayso and ODG. The EP sees Itz Tiffany return to her hip-hop roots on tracks such as ‘I’m Real’ and the title track ‘Itz Tiffany, where you can hear her lyrical skills as she raps about her authenticity and realness as she flips from rapping in English to twi and vice versa. Both tracks were produced by Jayso.

You also have the feel good love track such as ‘Forever’ and the catchy ‘Superman’ where Itz Tiffany is looking for ‘that guy’ to fly her away. Itz Tiffany has promised that the EP will cater for all sorts of moods, whether you’re in the mood to dance, reflect or just express yourself, the message here is there is a track for everyone. Here is the EP artwork along with the track listing. Enjoy and be sure to spread the word! #itztiffanymusic
Follow Itz Tiffany twitter : @itz_tiffany @itzteamtiffany

Check out & subscribe to her channel : http://www.youtube.com/user/itztiffanymusic

Itz Tiffany drops new video!

Itz Tiffany – Akyee Wo! (Caught Up)


It’s finally here! The long awaited video to Itz Tiffany’s hot single ‘Akyee Wo!’ (Caught Up) has finally dropped! Ghana’s hottest female MC as usual is looking on point in this fun and colourful video directed by Star Entertainment. ‘Akyee Wo!’ is the first single taken from the upcoming debut EP ‘Itz Tiffany’ soon to drop. The video also features cameos from Ghana’s finest Killbeatz, Efya and Castro.

If you want to see Itz Tiffany do the azonto then check the video out below! What do you think? Hot or not?

By Yaa Nyarko


GH’s finest female rapper is back…

Itz Tiffany – ‘Akye Wo!’



After rebranding herself, Ghana’s foremost female rapper Itz Tiffany is back with a killer new single! Produced by Ghana’s finest producer Killbeatz, ‘Akye Wo!’ is the first single to be taken from Tiffany’s upcoming debut EP ‘Itz Tiffany’, soon to drop. Itz Tiffany is currently featured on the hit track ‘Azonto’ which is now playlisted on BBC 1xtra and the dance craze is now sweeping the nation.

Since bursting on the music scene last year with her highly popular track Fake London Boy, Itz Tiffany has gone on to rack up a number of successful singles and collaborated with some of the finest artists in Ghanaian music, including Mugeez of R2Bees, Fuse ODG and Castro.

Itz Tiffany is at her finest on this track, which features a banging beat that gets you moving. And we at MeFiRi Ghana are loving her new image! As soon as the video drops, we’ll be sure to post it here but for now check out the song below. Ebe ‘kye wo’ indeed!

Follow Itz Tiffany on Twitter: @itz_tiffany @itzteamtiffany

Visit her YouTube page for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/itztiffanymusic

By Yaa Nyarko