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Me Firi Ghana presents: The Afrobeats Music Festival Experience

‘The Party Just Never Stops’ Me Firi Ghana Representative Adwoa Asiedu tells us her thoughts on the Afrobeats Festival

Envision a lovely ambiance where people are not afraid to smile at strangers, or loudly sing at their top of their lungs when their favourite tunes come on.

Welcome to my world.

The party began as soon as you entered the 02 building. The anticipation of the event could not be20160730_210740 hidden as I watched how people hurried to get their last minute tickets.  Many dressed to impress, and moreover there was a powerful sense of solidarity amongst the crowd.  The majority that came to the event were of African heritage, but it didn’t matter who we were or who we represented.  It wasn’t about us.  It was about the Arts of Afrobeats and being immersed in the Afrobeats culture.

Credits to the Artists, Dancers, Presenters, DJ’s and the wonderful crowd for making it into delightful night. The show began with superb dancers who brought great energy to the show.   It was the perfect way to launch the festival as it got us into the festival spirit. DJ Abrantee never failed to disappoint with his infectious sense of humour. The crowd were magical.  I stood next to two talented guys whose moves I greatly admired. They didn’t care who was watching and it was beautiful to see. In that moment I thought:  ‘‘That’s what sets Afrobeats music festival apart from other festivals. The party just never stops.’’  There were no boundaries and I have to commend the entertaining crowd for keeping the party going.

20160730_221803My appreciations to DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills who gave us great tunes to dance to throughout the night. The Artists that came to perform were brilliant. Well done to R2bees, The Composers, Moelogo, Mista Silva, May7ven and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A. Each act brought their gift to the stage, however there were a few acts that I thoroughly enjoyed watching because I connected to their musical style, rhythm and lyrics. They were R2bees, Moelogo and Miss Banks.

Multi Award Winners & BET Nominated R2bees were so captivating to watch on stage as they sang some of their biggest hits such as ‘Ajei’. When they opened the show with this song, the crowd fell in love and it was as if it was a brand new song all over again. It was evident to see that they have truly connected with the crowd because at one stage, all one could hear was the crowd singing joyfully in unity.

Moelogo had presence. He proved that he is not a regular artist. I enjoyed watching him sing his 20160730_211652iconic Tune ‘Baddest’ and it was nonetheless a breath-taking performance.

Miss Banks was a true dynamite. She performed her songs with swerve, charm and passion. She’s definitely one to look out for in the music scene.

I came to the festival with high expectations but I was not in the slightest disappointed.  If anything I was deeply touched by the gorgeous harmony between the crowd and the moving performances.

Me Firi Ghana would like to stress that The Afrobeats Music Festival was an unforgettable night. Thank you to all the event organisers who turned this glorious vision to reality on the 30th July 2016.

By Adwoa Asiedu @AdwoaAsiedu777

R2Bees to headline Europe’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival!

The landmark event is timed perfectly as the multiple award winners & BET nominated artists R2bees announce a brand new album and joint venture with Wiz Kid and his Starboy Worldwide Record Label with Paedae, also known as Omar Sterling being made the President of Starboy Worldwide – making the collaboration the most powerful force in Afrobeats globally!!

Taking place the Indigo 02 the much vaunted festival-line up is hosted by UK Afrobeats crooner Abrantee (Capital Xtra) and supported by the worlds most noted and sought after Afrobeats live band The Compozers; including the biggest names in UK Afrobeats Moelogo, May7ven, Mista Silva, Atumpan and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A.

The Festival tailored to foster unity and excellence in Afrobeats will be a show-stopping experience that will guarantee festival goers an amazing show; from psychedelic stage and on-screen visuals, cultural dance and a strong lineup of performers headlined by Ghanaian megastar duo R2BEES.

DJ line up include: DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills!

Get your tickets for Europe’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival with R2Bees here or here

Date: Saturday 30th July

Venue: Indigo O2 , Peninsula Way SE10 0DZ

Doors open at 7pm sharp!

 

An unforgettable summer…

The Make Up Show Live

 

Amongst the 12,000 plus events taking place in the capital during the Olympic Games this season, Funmi Odegbami,  CEO of Mink London, which is the UK’s leading make-up school specialising in make-up for women of colour launches the MAKE UP SHOW LIVE on the 26th August 2012 – an event dedicated to makeup and beauty.

The Makeup Show Live 2012 is the only event of its kind, focused on giving the consumer, the latest and best beauty and makeup advice, exclusive show discounts on leading cosmetics products, hands-on workshops that will teach you how to use your new beauty goodies for maximum results and VIP treatment all the way.

Stop stocking your dressing tables with products that you don’t use or don’t use correctly and let us show you how to maximise the results of your beauty regime. Whether you want to know what products work best with your skin type; how to choose and apply foundation correctly; what to do with all of those eye-shadows; there is something for everyone at the Makeup Show Live 26th August 2012 at The Cumberland, Cumberland Place, London W1H 7DL.

On the day you can expect:   Live Education and Entertainment on the main stage – With Performances by The Queen of Afrobeats May7ven and Project G Dance Crew (Got 2 Dance).   Join Natalya Nair, celebrity makeup artist for the X-Factor and This Morning, and her friends as they unravel the art of makeup and beauty for “real” women in an entertaining and engaging way.

Enjoy stunning catwalk shows and musical performances from the world of music and fashion.  Shop til you drop. Bring your purse and indulge in the ultimate shopping experience with some of the leading brands in fashion and beauty and take advantage of their exclusive show discounts. Take part in a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to apply your makeup like a pro and find out all about the secret products and techniques only normally available to the very rich and famous.

Indulge in the free pampering and makeover sessions courtesy of the shows many exhibitors and partners and go home feeling totally spoilt. Buy a VIP ticket and get an exclusive show goodie bag, access to workshops, access to the VIP Lounge and reserved seating at the main stage events.   At the Makeup Show Live 2012, there is something for everyone!

WATCH THE VIDEO LINK:


 

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

Hottest Afrobeat event this summer!

Afrobeats at Somerset House

 

Afrobeats is the hottest new music genre of the 21st Century & DJ Abrantee is proud to present the biggest Afrobeats event of the summer at Somerset House located in the heart of London’s capital.

Kicking off the Somerset Summer Series DJ Abrantee has placed this amazing international venue on the Afrobeats map.

On Saturday July 14th from 7pm this exclusive location will unite the BIGGEST African acts to headline with the hottest A-list DJs under one roof.

These will include:

Olu Maintain from Nigeria – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg4kuP1t53s

Atumpan from Ghana – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-me4d9poJf0&feature=youtu.be

First Lady of Afrobeats May7ven – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAqLCC0FQHo

Team Afrobeats UK’s Vibe Squad – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBElLYottKk

Mista Silva, Skob, Flava & Kwamz – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT8EKnEd_0Q&feature=plcp

From Sierra Leonne Tyroon Da Prince – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eZQZhCucfk

From Angola is SOA – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw6RQJIafgM&feature=plcp


Opening up the show will be the Ablade Cultural Dance Troop. Entertaining the diverse elite crowd with a mix of the biggest tunes are DJs Nyari, Afro B, DNA, Alordia, Solid Vybz, Amour, Ray P, Wavy J, Random and of course Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee.

Get your tickets for this amazing event at www.ticketmania.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk and for general information call +447506710795. Promo link » http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JdADCRDyOs&feature=plcp

Review: Ghanaian Independence…

GHANA’S 55th  INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION AT INDIGO2

 

A cold, windy and rather depressing Saturday afternoon in the city of London; what could 

DJ Abrantee with UK rapper Tinchy Stryder

have ever possessed me to Google “afrobeats events in London” to arouse my rather dead weekend?  Already in-love with Afrobeats music my Google search results from the top listed DJ Abrantee’s name and as I scrolled further down, it was still only DJ Abrantee, his events and Choice FM the station listed. I continued to search for events he had coming up which lead to over 8 different Ghana Independence Day events in London over the weekend further confusing the situation. All I had to do is make a decision on the best one and get myself there. Without a doubt, The Indig02 Ghana Independence hosted by DJ Abrantee certainly had the most interesting line up with acts that I had not had the pleasure of watching and at the largest venue so a decision was made.

 

R2BEES in performance

Already equipped with previous experience and expectation that it would be a mission to get on the guest or press list at such short notice, I made my way to the Indig02 for 8pm; an hour before the doors were scheduled to open. To my surprise I was the only one there, I even managed to purchase a ticket, went through 20 cups of latté, conversed with the pigeons and watch paint dry for a few hours. At 10:15 a small crowd started to gather and casually walked towards the door. This was not the usual rush and excitement from the last attended event at Proud 2, which left me wondering if the hype had died down. Inside the venue were camera crews; press and sound check still taking place, which meant the event, was nowhere near starting. I found myself in a corner to eaves drop and witness the shenanigans behind the scenes.

By midnight, the venue was still empty and this was the point the excitement initially filled in my belly was slowly oozing out. All of a sudden as if a roll call or blackberry messenger blast had gone out at 12:30am the entire venue was swapped within minutes; full to the brim with excitement buzzing about the artist line up, people eager to start dancing the Azonto and just celebrate the independence in style. I was left with a feeling of “what do they know that I don’t know”? The tickets clearly stated that doors opened at 9pm but I was quickly advised by one of the event managers Mylz Boateng that 9pm Ghana time usually means 12midnight. It seems everyone had come for the show.

I wormed and squeezed my way to the front of the stage to catch the DJ and host Abrantee in his element entertaining the crowd, showing off his cool Azonto moves that left the girls screaming. First act on stage were three boys , Vibe Squad, often referred to as the African JLS – they recently featured in the Guardian and Evening Standard newspapers. They performed their latest single “Wadi Mi Sika” and had the crowd cheering and singing throughout their performance.  Much to be said about the opening act performing at that level, the show could only get better. Next up was Team Ghana UK, which consisted of over 15 different artists who in their own rights had great songs in circulation. Judging by the crowd’s reaction, this performance was full of so many flavours much like Quality Street, you pick and choose the ones you like. The night continued with Ghanaian newest kid on the block Stay Jay, even I was familiar with his single “Shasheewowo” which he performed first along with tracks from his forth coming album. He struggled to hold the crowd’s attention towards the end of his performance however; his effortless freestyle saved him from tomatoes and boos in my humblest opinion.

Following a great introduction by the host, 3 scantily clad dancers marched to the stage to what seem to be opening the floor for a royal. DJ Abrantee has already announced that May7ven, who seems to be the talk of the town right now with her single “Ten Ten”, recently A-listed on popular radio station Choice FM; was to make an appearance. Instead her clear and distinctive voice could be heard back stage commanding the audience to “Click for me” “Move” and as if by magic, I found myself responding to her every command. Chanting “Ten Ten Ten” repeatedly, May7ven strolls out to a stunned audience in the tightest all white blinged cat suite, her trademark brilliant white hair and more bling on her wrist and fingers than BA Barrackas, more than I have ever seen in my life. Wasting no time she starts singing and dancing with such unexpected energy. Midway through her performance 15 female dancers join her on stage and all started booty shaking in such a fashion that I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with my hands, mouth or feet; all I knew is that it was an amazing display to watch with so much creativity and excellence. It was a concert wrapped up in one song “Ten Ten” under 5 minutes. This lady means business, even had fans singing along and screaming to touch her hands. I was left gasping for air.

 

Mugeez and Paedae of R2BEES with Killbeatz

Last up were the main act of the night, Ghanaian superstars with countless hits R2BEES. The entire place went into pandemonium on their arrival on stage. They performed new hit single “Dance” which features Wizkid, followed by ‘I Dey Mad’, followed by “Kiss Your Hand”, a track which usually features Nigerian artist Wande Coal. But out of nowhere UK Rap artist megastar Tinchy Stryder appears on stage and covers the chorus with 16bars and the entire venue went crazy. It was a performance reminiscent of Kanye’s sudden appearance at the Koko Concert in 2011. These guys are actual African superstars and Tinchy’s surprise appearance was the icing on top.  R2bees had the entire venue dancing, attendees screaming then doing the Azonto with more screaming. It was a very great show. Admittedly for an event that started much later than expected it was one of the best shows and nights I have attended in years with quality acts who are all driving the Afrobeats scene and pushing major boundaries. Great job to the promoters and host – the event certainly gets thumbs up from me.

By Julian Baxter

Pictures: Mefiri Ghana @ Ghana’s 55th Independence

Mista Silva

 

Stay J

 

 

 

Kimberley Osei-Abeyie, Tinchy Stryder

 

the Vibe Squad and Yaa Nyarko

 

Arnold Sarfo and Kimberley Osei-Abeyie

 

Yaa Nyarko, Arnold Sarfo and Kimberley Osei-Abeyie

 

 

Kimberley Osei-Abeyie, May7ven, Yaa Nyarko

 

Kimberley Osei-Abeyie, Mugeez, Paedae and Yaa Nyarko

 

Paedae, Yaa Nyarko, Killbeatz, Mugeez