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Introducing Myra Kay and debut single ‘Dance The Night Away’

With an infectious innocent smile and voice she answered when I asked ‘how long have you been singing for? She said; ‘I have been singing ever since I was about 6 years old, whilst living in Atlanta Georgia with my family…’

‘Ms Myra Kyeremeh’ being her official birth name is popularly known as ‘Myra Kay’ in the music circles and amongst peers as her stage and artistic name was born in Atlanta, USA to Mr and Ms Kyeremeh some nineteen years ago. Myra Kay, now in her late teens, moved back to Ghana at the age of five years where she continued her education at the nursery and primary level until she was thirteen years old when she was moved back to the United States, Atlanta Georgia to stay with the rest of the family. In Georgia she completed her high school education and is currently pursuing multiple degree programmes in the States.

After realising her God given talent she made an effort to developed her vocal and writing capabilities over the years, now a solid promising up and coming female musician with a wealth of exciting musical and acting talents with lots of energy .Myra Kay’s dream, she said, ‘is to be able to influence and help people from all walks of life across the world with her music and message’. She further went on to disclose her intentions and ultimate hope to become ‘one of the biggest female musicians in Ghana and across the globe’. Myra also hinted during the interview that she will love to collaborate with the like of Efya, Raquel, Becca whom she listened to when growing up; she went on to expand the list to include Mr.Eazi , Koredo Bello, Nanso Amandi, Tiwa Savage, Wiz Kid, Davido and many many more renowned musicians across Ghana and Africa .

With a strong conviction she said, ‘Music has always been my number one passion and I put that passion and energy into every song each and every time I write music. My mother has been my biggest inspiration of all time, growing up she exposed me to many songs and artist alike due to her personal love for music, she will ask me severally to sing for her when I was a little girl, Myra Kay lamented. She intends to use her music to educate and touch lives of her small but growing following in Ghana and across the world.

Myra Kay is currently an independent artist ready with her first official single audio and video written, co-produced and directed by her, titled ‘Dance The Night Away‘. The online release was on the 13 Of April, 2017, in Atlanta Georgia and across the world via the YouTube platform and other online digital streaming platforms.

Myra Kay is currently in talks with BlackStar SR Entertainment to finalise a recording and management deal to take her to the next level of her young but promising music carrier. I got the opportunity to ask the C.E.O of the label Mr .Stephen Creppy about the possibilities of working with such a new budding talent, he said ‘Well, we are very experienced in the music industry so far us the Ghana industry is concerned and we also come with a wealth of experience from the international scene and this reflects in all our products and services, if we do reach a consensus it will be a match made in heaven ,Ghana and the world will now have another quality product musically from the camp of BlackStar SR Entertainment’.

Watch ‘Dance the Night Away’ below!

 

Keche drops new track ‘Flavour’ featuring Shatta Wale!

Ghanaian duo Keche have teamed with the dancehall king of Ghana Shatta Wale on hot new track ‘Flavour’. Produced by Willisbeats, ‘Flavour’ is an upbeat track that will sure be a hit with fans of both Keche and Shatta Wale. Have a listen below!

 

The AfroBOAT Party 2016

It’s that time of the year again! The annual AfroBOAT Party is just around the corner and set to be bigger and better than last year’s! A unique 4-hour evening cruise on the River Thames with a tremendous and unbeatable value-for-money.  Enjoy 90’s Classics and Afrobeat on the AfroBOAT whilst taking in the sights along the banks of The River Thames.  The boat boasts of an upstairs and downstairs dance area, and has a well-stocked bar with drinks at generous tax-free prices!

It’s a great way to meet new people and dance the night away with The PM and guest DJs.

Entry: £30 (+ £2.09 booking fee), which includes entry and a dinner box!

WHEN
Saturday, 30 July 2016 at 19:00 Sunday, 31 July 2016 at 01:00 (BST)
WHERE
Festival Pier – South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ
Tickets are going fast so click here to get yours now!

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!

New track from Mista Silva ‘Born II Win’

British-Ghanaian musician Mista Silva is the gift that keeps on giving. Over the years he’s built himself a well deserved reputation as a giant in the Afrobeats scene, with his infectious beats never failing to make you get up and dance.

This time the MOBO Award nominee is back with ‘Born II Win’, a mid-tempo track that still delivers on true Mista Silva style – a banging beat, a catchy hook and thoughtful lyrics.

Have a listen below and don’t forget to share:

https://soundcloud.com/mista-silva-music/mista-silva-born-win-exclusive

Rocky Duwani Nominated for Grammy for Best Reggae Album

Cumbancha artist Rocky Dawunis latest album, Branches of the Same Tree, has just been nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Reggae Album category. Dawuni, the only non-Jamaican artist in the running this year and the first Ghanaian to be nominated, is up against some of the heavyweights of modern reggae with his Billboard Top 10 album.

Reflecting on the prestigious nomination, Dawuni says that he feels, “truly honored and at the same time humbled. I’ve always focused on giving my best in my work and it’s a good feeling to know that it is being appreciated. I am grateful for the recognition. Branches of the Same Tree is about stressing the common roots that we all share in this human family. It inspires the listener to aspire to a place of hope. It’s about having faith in the power of compassion and oneness.”

The final ballots to determine the GRAMMY winners are due by January 15th, 2016. If you are a voting member, we encourage you to include Rocky Dawuni on your ballot. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live on CBS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Sensational GH Dancehall gem, Kora Out With A Banger ‘Yɛ Chilli’

Promising upcoming dancehall artiste, Kora has officially released his anticipated jam titled “Yɛ Chilli“, the official Christmas and Friday anthem.

The single was produced by multi talented sound engineer Hype Lyrics.

Kora is poised to pave his way onto the mainstream scene and with the backing of Jovac Multimedia (the label he’s signed to) and he is determined to break boundaries.

In addition, statement from the management of Kora has also hinted at the video shoot of the new single, which will be happening this weekend.

Check out the new single below:

 

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)

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)

UK Afrobeat Pioneer Mista Silva up for MOBO Award..

Mr “Boom Boom Tah” nominated for Best African Act!

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Those familiar with the UK Afrobeat scene will know Mista Silva has paid his dues. He was the first unsigned UK Afrobeats artist to have his music playlisted by BBC 1xtra,with the well received track “Now Wats Up” Mista Silva released his debut EP Full Vim, in 2012 with the single “Boom Boom Tah” tearing up dancefloors nationwide. The success of the EP led to a record deal with Polydor in 2014. Now he has been nominated for the Best African Act at this years MOBO Awards.

You can vote for him by following this link –http://www.mobo.com/voting

You will need to register by entering your name/email address. Once you have registered click VOTING, then MOBO BEST AFRICAN ACT then MISTA SILVA then SUBMIT!

Voting closes on 8th October! With the Award Ceremony taking place the SSE Arena, Wembley, London on 22 October 2014.

Me Firi Ghana wishes Mr Silva the best of luck! #MOBO2014

In the meantime check out the music video Mista Silva’s latest single “Green Light

 

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)