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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!

 

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

Vote for GH/UK artists nominated for 2015 Urban Music Awards!

The prestigious European Urban Music Awards & the UMA Academy have announced the nominees for this year’s highly anticipated 13th annual awards ceremony taking place on the 21st of November 2015 in London, with a number of Ghanaian/UK artists such as Stormzy, Lethal Bizzle, Kwabs and Fuse ODG among others making it on the nominee lists

 

Each year, thousands of avid music fans decide the nominees for each of the 21 categories in the event, and it is these fans who will decide the winners for the 13th annual European Urban Music Awards ceremony.

 

The Urban Music Awards also announced a five year sponsorship deal with multi-market store, Mokingo.com.

 

Gary McCarthy, Marketing Manager for Mokingo.com commented, “We are very excited to sign a three year sponsorship term with the Urban Music Awards. The UMA’s is one of the most recognisable brands in music worldwide and to be part of this great institution is truly an honour. Good luck to all the nominees and winners at this year’s 13th annual Urban Music Awards”

 

Other sponsors for the UMA’s 2015 include: Luc Belaire (Official Rosé Wine Sponsor) , Hip Pops (Official Snack Sponsor) , Turntable Bar & Restaurant, Beyond Beauty Cosmetic, Cosmetic Surgery Partner, DeChavel , InvestNation and Zuricom (Official Mobile Phone Partner)

 

The televised show will be broadcast on Showcasetv, Freeview channel 254., Sky 261 and FreeSat 402. #UrbanMusicAwards

 

***Ghanaian/UK artists have been highlighted in bold so let’s get voting for them!***

 

UMA Best Newcomer 2015 (In association with Mokingo.com)

Bugzy Malone

Zak Abel

Kelvin Jones

Fluer East

Section Boyz

Nao

Bonkaz

Nick Brewer

George The Poet

J Hus

Snakehips

Sinead Harnett

Yungen

Wstrn

 

UMA Best Video 2015

Lady Leshurr ‘Queen Speech 4’

Stormzy “Know Me From” (Directed by Serious Black)

FKA Twigs “Glass & Patron” (Directed by FKA Twigs)

Rita Ora Feat. Chris Brown “Body On Me” (Directed Colin Tilley)

Lethal Bizzle Feat. Diztortion “Fester Skank” (Directed by Ludovic and Zotto)

Kano ‘New Banger’

Jidenna ‘Classic Man’

Macklemore ft. Lewis, Nally, & Mel ‘Downtown’

 

UMA Best Female Act 2015

FKA Twigs

Fluer East

Lady Leshurr

Little Simz

Ella Eyre

Lianne La Havas

Jess Glynne

M.I.A

Ella Henderson

Melissa Steel

Katy B

 

UMA Best Male Act 2015

Skepta

MNEK

Mark Ronson

Krept and Konan

Jme

Stormzy

Tinie Tempah

Fuse ODG

Giggs

Kano

Kwabs

Ed Sheeran

Jidenna

Wstrn

Gregory Porter

 

UMA Best Single 2015 (In association with Luc Belaire)

Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”

Macklemoore ‘Downtown’

Kwabs ‘Walk’

Wstrn ‘In2’

Jedinna ‘Classic Man’

MNEK & Zara Larsson “Never Forget You”

KDA feat. Tinie Tempah & Katy B “Turn The Music Louder” (Rumble)

Skepta “Shutdown”

Kygo feat. Ella Henderson “Here For You”

Tinie Tempah Feat. Jess Glynne “Not Letting Go”

Jme Feat. Giggs “Man Don’t Care”

Krept and Konan Feat. Jeremih “Freak Of The Week”

Blinkie ‘Don’t Give Up on Love’

KStewart “Ain’t Nobody”

Maverick Sabre “Come Fly Away”

J Spades ‘Nobody’ (feat. MoStack, Cutfather ‘Swift’, J. Hus & Grizzy)

 

UMA Best Album 2015

Krept and Konan – The Long Way Home

Tyrese – Black Rose

Jme – Integrity

Ed Sheeran- X

Lianne La Havas – Blood

Wiley – Snakes & Ladders

Jamie XX – In Colour

Drake – If Youre Reading This Its Too Late#

Cole – Forest Hill Drive

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Dr. Dre – Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show

 

UMA Best Grime Act 2015

Bugzy Malone

Big Narstie

Jme

Lethal Bizzle

Skepta

Stormzy

Ghetts

 

UMA Best R&B/Soul Act 2015

Shakka

Lianne La Havas

Andreya Triana

Joss Stone

Melissa Steel

Fluer East

Angel

Kwabs

Zalon Thompson

 

UMA Best Hip Hop Act 2015

Akala

Krept and Konan

Little Simz

Section Boyz

Lady Leshurr

Nines

Professor Green

Giggs

 

UMA Best African Act

Wizkid

Fuse ODG

Silvastone

Davido

Patoranking

Moelogo

Yemi Alade

AKA

Mista Silva

Shatta Wale

 

UMA Best Reggae Act

Stylo G

Chronixx

OMI

Popcaan

Protoje

 

UMA Best Jazz Act

Yolanda Brown

Binker and Moses

Dianne Reeves

Julia Biel

Zara McFarlane

Courtney Pine

David Lyttle

Polar Bear

GoGo Penguin

Sons of Kemet

Polar Bear

Gregory Porter

 

UMA Best Gospel Act

J Vessel

Chos3n

ACM Gospel Choir

Olaedo Ibe

Leroy Johnson

Ni-Cola

Faith Child

 

UMA Best Group 2015

Rudimental

Section Boyz

Wstern

Chos3n

 

UMA Best Radio Show 2015

Breakfast Club- DJ Envy, Angela Yee & Charlamagne (Power 105.1)

Neeve ‘Kisstory’ ( Kiss)

Ricki, Melvin & Charlie (In the Morning – Kiss)

Craig David presents TS5 (Capital Xtra)

Charlie Sloth (1Xtra)

E-Plus ( Capital Xtra)

Marvin Humes (Capital Xtra)

DJ Abrantee (Capital Xtra)

Shortee Blitz & MK (Kiss)

Max (Capital Xtra)

Jamz Supernova ( BBC 1Xtra)

A. Dot – ‘The Dotty Show’ (BBC 1Xtra)

Mista Jam ( BBC 1Xtra)

 

UMA Best Collaboration 2015 sponsored by DeChavel

Sigma & Diztortion ft. Jacob Banks ‘Redemption’

Redlight feat. Melisa Whiskey ‘Threshold’

Shakka feat. JME ‘Say Nada’

R. City feat. Adam Levine ‘Locked Away’

R2bees Feat. Davido – ‘Gboza’

Jesse Glynne ft Tinie Tempah ‘Not Letting Go’

Krept & Konan ft. Jeremih ‘Freak of the Week’

Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown ‘Body on Me’

Macklemore ft. Lewis, Nally, & Mel ‘Downtown’

Nick Brewer ft. Bibi Bourelly ‘Talk To Me’

 

UMA Best Producer 2015

Maleek Berry

Naughty Boy

Diztortion

Mele

Calvin Harris

Disclosure

Mura Masa

 

UMA Best International Artist 2015

Jidenna

Tyrese

Chris Brown

Yellow Claw

August Alsina

Nico & Vinz

Drake

French Montana

OMI

MackleMoore

ASAP Rocky

J.Cole

Weeknd

 

UMA Best DJ 2015

Manny Norte

DJ Charlesy

EZ

Shortee Blitz

DJ Fonti

Mista Jam

Tim Westwood

DJ Envy

Shy FX

Melody Kane

 

UMA Best Music Channel 2015

Channel AKA

Not For The Radio (Online)

MTV

ViVa

Flava TV

Link UP TV

 

UMA Best Clothing Brand 2015

Dench

Boy Better Know

Money Clothing

Trapstar

Mula Cake Clothing

Nike

Puma

DeChavel

 

UMA Best Music PR Company 2015

Dawbell PR

Sticky Toffee PR

Brand Weekly PR

Hudson PR

Outpost PR

Impressive PR

Ditto Music PR

Purple PR

 

UMA Best Radio Station 2015

Bang Radio

Colourful Radio

1Xtra

Rinse fm

Capital Xtra

Kiss

Juice fm

 

Voting for the Urban Music Awards 2015 is live now till the 15th of November 2015 on www.urbanmusicawards.net

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 drops visual for “Cool It Down” Feat EL

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MOBO Nominee and UMA Winner Mista Silva fresh of a trip to Ghana, hits us with “COOL IT DOWN” feat award winning Rapper and Sarkodie producer EL. This track is yet another taster off his forthcoming EP “Let It Off”.

The fruitful trip to the motherland, which has seen him collaborate with the likes of R2Bees, Bisa Kdei and a handful of other African superstars, has also yielded a fun times video, shot on Ghana’s Ada beach resort, taking influence from Jay Z and Kanye’ West’s popular track “Ottis”.

Both Mista Silva and E.L prove yet again everything is possible and nothing but themselves are a tall order.

Check out the vid for cool it down below

Me Firi Ghana (Me_FiRi_GHANA)

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) 

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:
www.mefirighana.com
info@mefirighana.com

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

 

Ghana Music Awards Europe 2013 Review

Ghana Music Awards Europe 2013 – a major disappointment

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So its safe to say that the 2013 Ghana Music Awards Europe that took place on Friday 9th August at the IndigO2 was a major flop. I made the really bad decision of attending the event, thinking I was in for a great night – how wrong was I!

I must say that I had misgivings about going. I mean, Ghanaian events in the UK don’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to being organised. However a friend told me last year GMA Europe was quite good, and looking at the artist line up this year (Sarkodie, Kojo Antwi, Fuse ODG, Pat Thomas, Atumpan and others), I thought I might as well give it a shot.

I got to the venue just after midnight and to me the turnout was quite disappointing. After this event being billed as the biggest night in Ghanaian music in Europe, I expected to find a packed venue. But the VIP area had plenty of empty seats, and the standing section was barely filled. This did not bode well , and the night progressively got worse from there.

I had expected to find the show under way when I got there, but the host for the night DJ Abrantee didn’t come on stage until almost 1am. And the show was supposed to have started at 9pm…I must say co-host Nana Ama McBrown was a pleasant surprise – her rendition of R2Bees hit ‘Walahi’ showed that not only was she a talented actress but she can hold her own on the mike as well! But she only came on for about 5 mins at the start of the show and the was it – I didn’t see her on stage again.

The event finally got under way and when it was time to give out the awards, guess what? The winners were not even there to collect them. Which is understandable – I mean not everyone nominated could fly here for the event right? However none of the artists based in Ghana nominated were present, a fact that was not well received by the crowd, who subsequently booed every time it was announced that the winner unfortunately couldn’t make it.

The only thing that could have saved the night was the performances from Sarkodie, Kojo Antwi and Pat Thomas. Not to say that the other UK based Ghanaian artists weren’t good. I regularly see Fuse ODG, Mista Silva, Skob, Kwamz, Flava, Gizmo and Sonni Balli at Ghanaian events all the time, the most recent being Ghana Party in the Park just last week, so I wasn’t really looking forward to their performances as much I was to Sarkodie, Kojo Antwi and Pat Thomas (and I’m sure I wasn’t alone on this). But surprise surprise they were a no show. No explanation was given as to their absence – I later learned that Kojo Antwi had turned up too late to the venue so security did not allow him in.

By now it was around 3am and I had had enough. Even though the event was still going on I left feeling like the event organisers had cheated myself and others who attended out of our money. The main artists that were supposed to perform didn’t turn up, the show started late and dragged on for way too long and the overall organisation of the night was extremely poor.

However the evening wasn’t all bad – I did enjoy Charsay‘s , Fuse’s and Mista Silva’s performances. But based on what transpired on Friday night will I go to next year’s GMA Europe? Right now the answer is a resounding no.

By Yaa Nyarko