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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dj Abrantee: The Ultimate Afrobeats!!

Choice FM Presents ‘The Ultimate Afrobeats’ Mixed by DJ ABRANTEE!

 

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The Ultimate Mix  

Featuring 30 of the biggest Afrobeats tracks of the year, Choice FM and DJ Abrantee have brought together, the very best artists and musicians in the genre of Afrobeats in what can only be described as the most exciting compilation release of the year. Expect nothing but hits from your favourite Afrobeats stars such as D’BanjP-SquareWande CoalR2beesD-Black and Atumpan amongst many others.

Joining these Afrobeats heavyweights on this hugely anticipated Choice FM compilation are some of the finest and most sought after UK and International artists of 2012, including Conor MaynardNeyoLemar and Tinchy Stryder, who appears courtesy of his brand new collaboration with Ghanaian group R2Bees titled “Believe Me”.

U.K R&B star Lemar – who has had a resurgent 2012 with one of the best R&B albums of the year – links up with U.K Afrobeats rising star Skob for the Afrostar Afrobeats Remix of his latest single “First Time”. Afrostar also works his remix magic on Conor Maynard’s chart-topping single “Turn Around” featuring Neyo……

 

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Alongside these exclusive collaborations and massive remixes, Choice FM’s Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection boasts some of the biggest tunes of 2012, from “Chop My Money” by P-Square, “Carolina” by Sauce Kid and one of the biggest Afrobeats tunes to come out from the UK, “Boom Boom Tah” by Mista Silva Feat. Flava, Kwamz and Skob.

With Afrobeats music continuing to reshape the global music landscape and move further into the mainstream in 2012; the world is sitting up and paying attention to the genre’s every move. DJ Abrantee, supported by Choice FM, is right at the forefront of this revolution, especially with his pioneering Afrobeats Radio Show which has been bringing the very best of Afrobeats to its UK audiences every week since April 2011.

With the release of Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection, Choice FM continues to be at the very cutting edge of propagating Afrobeats music to the world.

Hosting this compilation alongside Choice FM is DJ Abrantee, who has been one of the leading faces in the UK Afrobeats scene. His hunger and passion for Afrobeats music knows no bounds as he continues to champion the genre and bring it further to the attention of more mainstream and far-reaching audiences all over the country.

 

“The Ultimate Afrobeats”

His last compilation mixtape caused a massive stir in the UK and featured the best New Afrobeats tracks which went on to become massive hits in 2012, like D’Banj’s “Oliver Twist”, May7ven’s “Ten Ten” and “The Thing” by Atumpan. Mainstream media such as The GuardianEvening Standard and CNN all wanted a piece of the superstar DJ and Afrobeats music. Second time around, DJ Abrantee has gone one better in facilitating the production of massive hits, exclusive collaborations and a bevy of international stars – Conor MaynardNeyoLemarTinchy Stryder – all featured on Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection.

Whether you’re a huge fan of Afrobeats music, a new listener to the genre or simply looking for infectious dance music that will enthral and captivate you, this compilation has everything that you need! From the classic tunes that defined 2012 to the future hits of 2013, Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection has it all!

Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection Official release 7th January 2013.

Pre-Order Today on iTunes: http://bit.ly/afrobeatsultimatecollection

 

 

New music from former Vibe Squad member

DeeVS Drops The Most Anticipated ‘SHINE’ 

UK Afrobeats most versatile artist ‘Dee’ has finally released his much-anticipated single-SHINE.

Dee Versatile (DeeVS), a former member of ‘Vibe Squad’ has shared centre stage with internationally celebrated artistes like Nigeria’s own 2face Idibia, and has opened shows for breakthrough Nigerian artistes- D’banj, Naeto C and Ikechuwku.

His talent has fetched him stage performance alongside Ice Prince and Ghana’s very own Atumpan (the thing), R2bees, Tiffany, Stay Jay and Castro.

As a well-known artiste in the AfroBeat Movement in UK, ‘DeeVS’ has had the opportunity to perform alongside successful musicians like Mista Silva, Fuse ODG, Kwamz & Flava and Tribal Man.

Dee Versatile (DeeVS) real name Derrick Abaitey established his musical interest during his early school days in Ghana before relocating to the UK where he has perfected his talent.

By early 2006 he had developed his production and vocal skills while working on his 1st album in “KingsBeat” studio. During this time, he formed the Urban musical group called “Vibe Squad” and within 2 months of forming the group, they completed their first hit album “Boo Yi”.

Apart from music, DeeVS is currently studying for his MPharm Degree.

Dee’s new record ‘SHINE’ was recorded by HT Records UK and the official video for the song will be released in few weeks.

Download: http://www.hulkshare.com/ww9kea1v7chs

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/officialdeevs/deevs-shine-iamdeevs/s-62Had

Contact: Bookings@htrecords.co.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/iamDeeVS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialdeevs

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/officialdeevs

Website: http://www.officialDeeVS.tumblr.com

Afrobeats hits the US shores…

ABRANTEE ON TMZ!

 

It goes without saying that Choice FM DJ Abrantee has had an incredible year with his HIT Afrobeats Radio Show, Prime time radio Show, SOLD-OUT events, tours, concerts and so much more; however, nothing had prepared his fans and the British media for his surprise appearance on the popular U.S. TMZ Site and TV Show on Friday 3rd August 2012.

Hollywood based TMZ is one of the most cited celebrity Entertainment, Gossip and News sources in the U.S; renowned  for breaking the biggest news and stories in entertainment including the death of Michael Jackson, The break up of Britney Spears and Kevin Ferdiline, The Tiger Woods affair and so much more….so when DJ ABRANTEE POPPED UP on the screen talking about Afrobeats, it was fair to say the meteoric rise of DJ Abrantee and the AFROBEATS movement has travelled across the great shores.

Whilst it is virtually impossible to rip video stock from the TMZ site, we managed to capture this 30 second clip of DJ Abrantee’s debut appearance on TMZ below-ENJOY!

WATCH HERE:

ALSO

CHECK OUT….This great review of DJ Abrantee’s AFROBEATS @ Somerset House in the Guardian Newspaper

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jul/17/dj-abrantee-afrobeats-review

The Great British media love an incredible success story!

 

IN MORE AFROBEATS NEWS…

DJ Abrantee hosts D’Banj Live @ HMV Apollo 27th AUGUST!!!

To round off the summer of Afrobeats, on 27th August 2012DJ Abrantee will host the ‘Oliver Twist’ superstar and UK Top 10 Artist D’Banj.

Nigerian Afrobeat sensation D’banj will be joined by the biggest rising stars in music (hot properties) from Nigeria and Ghana. The line up consisting of Super talent, David O, The Legendary Naeto C, Queen of Afrobeats May7ven, Afrobeats Group Vibe Squad plus many more live on stage

Kanye dropped by at the 2011 Dbanj Koko concert also held at the HMV Apollo; will it be more of the same? Will the other Good music acts be supporting their label mate? (John Legend, Big Sean, Kid Cudi to name a few…..Whatever the case, it’ll be a show not to be missed!

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE: www.ticketmaster.co.uk  http://www.hmvtickets.com/events/6563

or contact 07535 560 225

For more information and to keep up-to-date with DJ Abrantee and his dynamic super team:

FOLLOW @djabrantee @mylzb @afrobeatuk @dlaworldwide

Visit his website: www.abrantee.com

Your Afrobeats news and events this summer!

AFROBEATS RADIO SHOW NEW TIME SLOT!!!

 

Following the phenomenal success of the popular AFROBEATS SHOW presented by DJ Abrantee, Choice FM announces a new time slot for the hit show.

This is a positive move for the autonomous genre of a new exciting emerging market in the UK and Europe.

Dbanj‘s UK Top 10 positioning proves the demand and popularity of the genre as DJ Abrantee continues to spearhead the Afrobeats Scene in the UK.

The New Time Slot for AFROBEATS SHOW on Choice FM 

 Saturday Nights 10:00PM – 12 Midnight Starting Sat 2nd June 2012

 LISTEN ONLINE: http://www.choice-fm.co.uk/shows/weekend/afro-beats/

AFROBEATS SUNDAY’S 1st YEAR PARTY!!!

 

To coincide with the announcement of the new time slot on Choice FM, DJ Abrantee is hosting and celebrating 1 year of his SOLD out

 AFROBEAT SUNDAYS EVENTS and a successful 1 Year of the Afrobeats Radio Show @ Proud 2 on the 1st of July

The Afrobeat Sundays brand has firmly secured its existence as a date and event not to missed in every Afrobeats lovers calender. Armed with the heaviest line up of the best Afrobeats DJ’s, music and his super team, the highly anticipated Afrobeat Sundays party on the 1st July is expected to draw in some of the industries major players including A&R’s and record executives who regularly attend his events in search of the next big thing. However, with the best of Afrobeats music on blast and the charismatic DJ Abrantee as host, certainly all work plans will be left at the front door so they can Azonto till 5am in the morning on the dance floor.

 Tickets are available online at www.ticketmania.co.uk or contact 07535 560 225

 For press accreditation email: press@dlauk.com Follow on twitter: @afrobeatuk

 

AFROBEATS @ SOMERSET HO– USE FOR THE 1ST TIME EVER!!!

 

Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee is about to sizzle up the forthcoming UK Summer Festival Season by hosting and presenting a landmark event at one of the capital’s most celebrated historic buildings Somerset House, The Strand, London.

An event which will herald how far the Afrobeats genre has come in such a short period will showcase a wealth of names from the exploding Afrobeats music scene: Nigerian pioneer / superstar Olu MaintainAngola’s Cabo Snoop, Ghana hit maker Atumpan, The 1st lady of Afrobeats May7ven,  and the most sought after Ghanian afrobeats group, Vibe Squad.

The showcase on Saturday 14 July 2012 from 7pm – 12 midnight is part of a series including the likes of US Soul sensation Jill Scott and rising UK singer/RINSE FM favourite Katy B.

Tickets are available now from www.ticketmania.co.uk and www.somersethouse.org.uk Early bird tickets £15 + booking fee

or contact 07535 560 225

Follow Somerset House On Twitter Here… @SomersetHouse

 

DJ Abrantee hosts D’Banj Live in London @ HMV Apollo!!!

To round off the summer of Afrobeats, on 27th August 2012DJ Abrantee will host the ‘Oliver Twist’ superstar and UK Top 10 Artist D’Banj.

Having signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D label following a fierce bidding war, Nigerian Afrobeat sensation D’banj will be joined by the biggest rising stars in music (hot properties) from Nigeria and Ghana. The line up consisting of Super talent, David O,who is arguable the most demanded artist in Nigeria at present, Queen of Afrobeats May7ven whose hit single  “TEN TEN” has taken over the airwaves and clubs worldwide and Vibe Squad who are one of the hottest commodities in the UK Afrobeats scene.

DJ Abrantee has carved out a fruitful career for himself by hosting and promoting some of the most exciting shows over the past 10 years in the UK.  His Sold out Club tours, Radio Show, extensive media coverage and support from the Guardian and Evening Standard Newspapers and production of one of the best and most hyped Afrobeats Mix CD in 2011 has cemented his position as one of the biggest DJ’s in the UK.

For more information and to keep up-to-date with DJ Abrantee and his dynamic super team:

FOLLOW @djabrantee

www.abrantee.com

 

New afrobeat track…

DXD – Bump ‘N’ Grind

 

With D’Banj and other Nigerian artists currently receiving international attention, it’s understandable why some Ghanaian artists are employing Nigerian producers to work on their tracks.

Ghanaian Afro-Pop/ Hip-Hop musician DXD has released his new afrobeat single ‘Bump ‘N’ Grind’. Produced by Nigerian producer Ill Kheizz and mixed by Dakay, the song is definitely one for the clubs. It’s hard to believe that the artist of the track is Ghanaian as the song has a very distinct Nigerian sound, but it’s still a banger nonetheless. Check it out below!


By Yaa Nyarko

Dr Cryme does it again!

DR CRYME WINS GOLDEN HEART AWARD IN UK

 

Ghana being a part of commonwealth has given its citizens the opportunity to be part of the ever growing cultural exchange market. As such the United Kingdom provides the avenue for young Ghanaian entertainers the opportunity to exhibit their talent, especially during the summer, when multiple programmes are held to promote the whole commonwealth exchange agenda.

One of the groups spearheading the above agenda is the UK based Akwaaba UK, who over the years have been instrumental in organizing beauty pageants, independence and republic shows, private parties, charity events and more. They have been able to train other competitors to live up to expectations  in the global arena, and enable them easily bridge the gap between Africa nationals living abroad and in Africa, especially Ghana.

Dr Cryme is currently Ghana’s most sought for celebrity, and has won the same honour during the recently held High School Honours in Accra Ghana. The E-Jam Records artist had one of the highest RBT downloads via his “Kill Me Shy” single from his “Finally Finally” album launched in Ghana in November 4th last year as part of the album festival.

Ghanaian nationals in the UK were most impressed with Akwaaba UK’s choice to invite Dr Cryme to the 2011 Miss Ghana UK which was held at Troxy London in UK. Dzifa Gray is the founder, producer and director of the Titi Gray Talk Show on BEN TV, (Sky Channel 184), airing every Saturday at 7PM. The first pilot was in March 2009, Ghana’s 52nd Independence. The programme has been very instrumental in awarding entertainers around the world for innovation through bringing up new genres and also a general support to the society through adequate preservation of the African culture.

One of the main reasons that might have boosted up Dr Cryme’s win was his immense support to the society through socially active projects like donations to hospitals and general education of peers. His “Twipop” genre is currently global and has been very instrumental in creating a new music hub in Tema. Tema forms a conurbation with Accra and is a planned city in the center of the world. Dr Cryme a.k.a “Tema Eminem” a.k.a. “The General” couldn’t mince his words but had to show appreciated to everyone for making a dream come through.

He added that he’s received two plaques and two awards without losing out on any nominations due to him prior to his album launch, which is an impressive start and indicates an immense support from fans. So far D’Banj, Shirley Frimpong Manso and Dr Cryme are the only Africans who have been awarded as such.

 By Yaa Nyarko

Ghanaian Music: Dr Cryme Wins…

DR CRYME WINS GOLDEN HEART AWARD IN UK

Ghana being a part of commonwealth has given its citizen the opportunity to be part of the growing cultural exchange market. United Kingdom provides the avenue for young Ghanaian Entertainers the opportunity to exhibit their talent mostly during summer through multiple programmes to promote the whole commonwealth exchange agenda.

D_CrymeOne of the groups spearheading the above agenda is the UK based Akwaaba UK who over the years have been instrumental in organizing beauty pageants, Independence and republic shows, private parties, charity events and more. They have been able to train other competitors to live up to expectations  in the global arena to enable them easily bridge the gap between the Africa nationals living abroad and in Africa especially Ghana .

Dr Cryme is Ghana’s current most sought for celebrity and won same during the recently held High School Honours in Accra Ghana. The E-Jam Records artist had one of the highest RBT downloads via his “Kill Me Shy” single from his “Finally Finally” album to be launched in Ghana in November 4th as part of the album festival.

Ghanaian Nationals in the UK were most impressed with Akwaaba UK’s choice to invite Dr Cryme to this year’s Miss Ghana UK which was held at Troxy London in UK, though he should have been there for shows earlier that week. Dzifa Gray is the founder, Producer and director of the Titi Gray Talk Show on BEN TV, (Sky Channel 184), airing every Saturday at 7PM. The first pilot was in March 2009, Ghana’s 52nd Independence. The programme has been very instrumental in awarding entertainers around the world for innovation through bringing up new genres and also a general support to the society through adequate preservation of the African culture.

D_Cryme_Ghanaian_MusicOne of the main reasons that might have boosted up Dr Cryme’s win was his immense support to the society through socially active projects like donations to hospitals and general education of peers. His “Twipop” genre is currently global and has been very instrumental in creating a new music hub in Tema. Tema forms a conurbation with Accra and is a planned city in the center of the world. Dr Cryme a.k.a “Tema Eminem” a.k.a. “The General” couldn’t mince his words but had to show appreciated to everyone for making a dream come through.

He added that he’s received two plaques and two awards without losing out on any nominations due him prior to his album launch, which is an impressive start and indicates an immense support from fans. So far D’Banj, Shirley Frimpong Manso and Dr Cryme are the only Africans awarded as such.

D-Black flying the flag for Ghana

The nominations for the 2011 BET Awards were announced in New York Tuesday with Chris Brown leading the pack with 6 nominations followed closely by Lil Wayne with five of his own.  Drake, Kanye West, and Rihanna also nabbed four nominations each.

Nevertheless, for the second time in the 11 year history of the awards, African artists have been nominated for laurels at the prestigious honours for Black/African American entertainers.  And unlike the previous year, nominations for African acts have now been separated from the UK acts in the Best International Act category.

The nominee for Best International Act Africa include:

The nominees for the annual awards show were announced on 106 & Park by hosts Terrence and Rocsi . The 2011 BET Awards has been set to air live from L.A. on June 26 and would be hosted by comedian Kevin Hart.

Hearing and reading this again really makes us think. Is the world now really starting to realise that Africa is a force to acknowledge now…?

Either way, we say Red Gold and Green all the way!

All the best to our boy D-Black