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Ghana’s newest rock band!

Faint Medal – ‘I Dey Feel You Die’

 

Faint Medal performing with Yaa Pono

There’s a new rock band on the block and they’re Faint Medal! Hailing from Accra, Faint Medal, consisting of singer/songwriter Syn and guitarist Kyekyeku have been attracting the attention of music lovers in Ghana with their distinctively unique sound.

Ghanaians playing heartfelt rock music infused with African rhythms is not something you hear every day, at least not since the days of Afro-rock group Osibisa; however Syn and Kyekyeku have proved that they have the makings of true rock stars with the debut of their new track ‘I Dey Feel You Die’. ‘I Dey Feel You Die’ truly captures the sound that is Faint Medal. Produced by Kilo, and featuring Tema rapper Yaa Pono, the guitar-led mid tempo song is an excellent debut from the boys.

The energetic guitar opening from Kyekyeku sets the tone of the song. Syn’s vocals can be described as being hard and gravelly, which definitely lends a ‘rock’ feel to the track. However, his voice is at the same time tender, capturing the lonely subject matter of the song.  Kyekyeku’s incredible efforts on the guitar are to be noted – he switches from hard to soft guitar chords the same way Syn switches from hard to tender on vocals, and this captures the frenetic emotions that come with missing or losing someone.

Other instruments such as the African drums that can be heard give this rock song its distinctively African sound. The talents of Yaa Pono are also borrowed on the track, and rapper certainly lives up to his energetic signature style of rapping, which blends really well with the mid tempo beat of the song.

Overall this is an excellent debut effort from Faint Medal. There’s no question about the talent that this group possesses, and if ‘I Dey Feel You Die’s anything to go by, then Mefiri Ghana can’t wait to hear what releases they’ve got coming up this year!

Check out Faint Medal’s Facebook page or follow them on Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/faintmedal                               @faintmedal

Listen to ‘I Dey Feel You Die’ here:

By Yaa Nyarko

Osibisa Tribute Concert…

Stevie Wonder and Hugh Masekela to headline at Osibisa Tribute Concert in Ghana

 

Osibisa when they first formed

American singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder and South African’s legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela have been announced as two of the headlining acts to perform at the Osibisa Tribute Concert scheduled for June 1st at the National Theatre.

Masekela and Wonder are just two of the several line-up of top entertainers, including prominent US record producer Quincy Jones, coming together on June 1st to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the legendary Afro-pop group that is Osibisa.

The Osibisa Tribute Concert is being put together by one of the founding members of Osibisa, Teddy Osei and Kofi Amoakohene of Scratch Studios, and the purpose of the concert is to celebrate and highlight the great music produced by the band.

Teddy Osei, who spoke in a recent interview about the show said, “We just want to make an event whereby African heroes really promoting and all those who are really associated with African music to come around… It is a whole variety of a show.”

Osibisa, which was formed in 1969, was made up of three Ghanaians, Teddy Osei, Mac Tontoh, Sol Amarfio, Nigerian Lassisi Amao and Carribbean Robert Bailey, Spartacus R and Wendell Richardson. Their unique style of fusing highlife and Caribbean styles with jazz, rock and R&B garnered them worldwide attention. Together they were known as the ‘beautiful seven’ and have been credited with the founding of World Music. Their numerous hits include Welcome Home, Woyaya, Sunshine Day, I Feel Pata Pa, the Coffee Song and Dance the Body Music.

By Yaa Nyarko