Tag: Bob Marley


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

It’s a celebration!!

Regeneration Celebration – Bob Marley Way – London

 

Date: Sunday 29th July 2012

Time: Event: 13:00 – 18:00

Location: Area surrounding Bob Marley Way, Brixton, South London, SE24

Tickets: Free to residents and available to the public via facebook.com/marleysmellowmood & twitter: @mellowmooduk

Appearance: Cedella Marley (Bob Marley’s daughter) 

Host: Ras Kwame with Orange Hill 

Performances:

Very Special Guest Headliner / Devlin / Gappy Ranks / Sway / Crazy Cousins / Soul II Soul Sound System / Trojan Sound System / Amplify Dot / Rascals / Lady Leshurr / Aruba Red / 2morrows Victory / Jacob Banks / Kyra / White Powder Gold

ALL AGES FREE FAMLY EVENT

The Regeneration Celebration is a free, community focused, music-led initiative that celebrates 50 years of Jamaican Independence and British Jamaican culture all in the name Jamaica’s most famous son, Bob Marley. The socially aware event brings music and the arts directly to the people of Bob Marley Way in Lambeth, South London and will be attended by Bob Marley’s Daughter Cedella Marley.  This social regeneration project is backed by the relaxation drink, Marley’s Mellow Mood working alongside innovative music organisation Small Green Shoots.

Statement from Cedella Marley on behalf of the Marley family:

‘We are delighted about the Bob Marley Way celebrations on July 29th. Dad enjoyed many happy times in South London, so I’m pleased Marley’s Mellow Mood is working with this community to create an event that will both entertain and leave a legacy. I’m especially excited that our charitable platform 1Love.Org will be on-site to share news on its on-going mission to promote youth, planet and peace.’

Fusing a mixture of contemporary and heritage music, the Regeneration Celebration will feature a diverse programme of Jamaican and urban music acts, including commercially successful artists and DJs, as well as local and up-and-coming performers. The music programme will be supported by a range of workshops, live arts and spoken word from local and national community organisations. The Regeneration Celebration will create an opportunity for local residents to celebrate their heritage and community, have direct access to a variety of art forms and community groups and strengthen community pride.

Social regeneration will be driven by the shared values of Marley’s Mellow Mood and 1Love.Org – youth, planet, peace.  The Regeneration Celebration team will liaise with local residents and work with a variety of local and national dance, performance and arts groups, alongside regional community groups and businesses. The event will also provide further opportunities for the community by offering a selection of paid, voluntary and work experience roles to local residents, who are looking to gain experience in live events and project management.  Youth workshops will take place across the day that will continue after the event and there will be a donation to the local community centre instead of site fees for local traders attending the event

This family friendly event is aimed at audiences of all ages, encouraging participation from all generations of the community and will feature two music stages, an arts village, children’s area, food and beverage market (no alcohol will be sold) and a film tent in association with Universal Pictures. It will leave a lasting legacy in the area, not only in spirit but also in a physical form – such as a new street sign for Bob Marley Way.

Claire Davies, Event Manager at Small Green Shoots comments, “Benefiting communities is at the heart of our organisation and we work hard to leave a lasting legacy with each of our events and projects. Without the support of Marley’s Mellow Mood we would not be able to put on an event such as this. Together we are creating an event that is not only a fantastic celebration of Jamaican culture, but also gives back to the local community of Bob Marley Way.”

Hosted by Ras Kwame with Orange Hill the day will feature an exciting mix of contemporary and heritage artists as part of Marley Mellow Mood’s ongoing music strand.

This is a strictly all ticketed event with the vast majority of tickets being distributed to residents with a limited number of tickets available through facebook.com/marleysmellowmood & twitter: @mellowmooduk.

For more event information please visit www.marleyway.com

 

Rocky Dawuni has done it again!

Rocky Dawuni Nominated in Best African Entertainer at IRAWMA

 

Ghana's 'Bob Marley' Rocky Dawuni

 

Ghana’s Reggae Music Legend

For the second time Ghanaian international reggae music legend Rocky Dawuni has been nominated in the Best African Entertainer category of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) which are scheduled to be held on July 5th this year in Chicago. For Last year’s event which was held in Trinidad, the star, who has been dubbed the ‘African Bob Marley’, was nominated in the Best Entertainer and Best Album sections.

 

Honoured by the recognition

In a recent interview the internationally acclaimed musician has stated that he feels “honoured” that the organizers of the event continue to recognize the value of his contribution to international reggae music. He also stated that it was rewarding to know that his own unique, and distinctly African brand of reggae music, was being recognized in this way.

 

Winner in 2011

Having been nominated in two categories last year in came as no surprise when he won the award for the Best African Entertainer. Although there was some strong opposition in that category, Dawuni was cited by the judges as being the ‘stand-out’ entertainer and a clear winner of the award. Of his current nomination Rocky believes it has come as a result of the hard work he has put in to touring in the past twelve months. It is fair to say that Rocky has richly earned the accolade of the hardest working man on the reggae music scene, having fulfilled a massive catalogue of events, which have taken him to a diverse set of locations, all over the planet.

As a consequence of the international flavour of his touring his management team needed to ensure that they had a really secure system to transfer money abroad so that the reggae star could get access to finances wherever his touring took him.

 

New Album Due for Release This Summer

Having fulfilled the massive catalogue of events, and getting to meet his fans from around the world, it seems amazing that Rocky has also managed to get back into the studio, but the good news is that he has, and a new album is now due for release this summer. It is almost two years since the release of his last album in 2010 so the next record is long overdue as far as his loyal fan base is concerned. By all accounts the new work is said to be is worth the wait, and there is a royal treat for Dawuni devotees on the upcoming release as he revealed he has been granted the rights to record a previously unreleased track, penned by the legendary Bob Marley, which will be included on the record. There is no title for the album yet and although he has some ideas, Rocky said that he does not want to commit to one yet, and have to change it when it comes closer to the release date.

 

Potential for Future Stars

The star was keen that Ghanaians should be aware that Ghanaian music, the Ghanaian flag and what Ghanaian’s stand for is being heard all over the world. He also added that he is putting in every effort to take Ghanaian music to the world. In terms of what the nomination represents the reggae music singer explained that he believes it should be an inspiration to all aspiring musicians. He continued by stating that it showed that once someone set out their sights and was ready to work and put in what is required, they could achieve the highest goals. He said, “I think my music and its impact globally is a testament, that once any child of Ghana has a big dream and be able to go forth, will achieve it.”

 

Peace in Ghana

In addition to his work as a musician Rocky has work as an ambassador for peace and was keen to offer some advice for his fellow citizens in advance of the upcoming elections in the country. His concerns were that Ghanaians should not take the peace and stability for granted. He felt that it was important that all Ghanaians could work together to ensure that there is a continued peace through what is likely to be a period of tension and heightened emotion nationally.

By Penny Lancaster