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The Plight Of The Ghanaian Lost Sound And The Bright Way To Make Amends 101



Last Saturday, I was a pundit on Asempa 94.7 FM’s ‘Showbiz Review’ Entertainment show hosted by Obidombie Adu Kumi and produced by Prince Johnson yesterday and amongst the topic dealt, one which was most interesting to me was the, Do we have a unique identifying sound (genre fits in other contexts) that we can easily be identified with in the music world?
The likes of Uncle D’Hammer of Last Two and Uncle Fred Kyei Mensah (who actually mentored both Appietus and Jay Q) have shared their candid opinions on the subject. Producers like Appietus, Jay Q, MOG Beatz, etc have touched on it too. Industry gatekeepers like Abeiku Santana, Andy Dosty can not be left out of the issue.

The Ghanaian Music Industry does not have a unique sound of our own to sell to the world? Hmm…The issue is somehow dicey to attack. But let’s take a look at other countries’ if they have that? Nigeria’s music Industry is famous for Afrobeat which was invented by Fella Kuti (inspired by Ghanaian highlife music, precisely Uncle Ebo Taylor’s type of music).

South Africa is known for the current craze genre Amapiano, USA for Hip Hop, and the list goes on and on….What of Ghana? Some will say we are famously known for Highlife music. No it’s hiplife, or rather Azonto. Anyway the focus of this piece is to stress on the fact that we have lost our sound (a unique genre that we should be identified by). How did this come by?
Music is dynamic, like they say. South African music changed from Kwaito to Gqom, down to House and to Amapiano. Although there are changes in sound of the above, the core patterns(tempo range, hi hats, kicks, basses, etc) are similar or the same. American Hip Hop metamorphosed into Trap music and infectious drill music now.

The change happened to Ghana too. Our glorious highlife changed to burger highlife, to hiplife, then got infiltrated by foreign genres like crunk, hip hop, etc. Somewhere along the line, we caught up with our uniqueness and birthed Azonto, which short lived. So, what is our general sound/genre the world can easily identify us by? Not long ago Shatta Wale touched on the topic but he was taken out of context. The name of the genre whether highlife or hiplife does not necessarily matter but the ability of our music producers, sound engineers and musicians to roll up their sleeves to give us that unique sound.

Just recently, Hammer shared a song dubbed, “Kate” which he did for Edem featuring Joey B. Damn, that was a banger right there. Jay Q, also shared a track he did for H.E Pascal AB Rois back in the days. Those are the sounds that we want back. No matter what type of musician you were, you would surely fit in the sounds. Appietus also put together highlife and hiplife and gave us good songs all in the array of the ‘sound’ I am referring to. Most of our producers have lost their touch of the ‘sound’ and they are pursuing trends instead of setting them through our uniqueness that has been since time immemorial.

Well of course, this may make sense to some people and sound foolish for others.


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Chancellor 1 Of Global Home Entertainment Donates To Kumasi Children’s Home




Global Home Entertainment’s signee Mr Raphael Lawson popularly known as Chancellor 1 has visited and donated to the Kumasi Children’s Home in the Ashanti region, last Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

The items he gave to the orphanage included bags of rice, bags of sachet water, tins of milk, soft drinks, gallons of oil, Indomie noodles, soaps, washing powder, and many more.

Speaking to Opemsuo Radio’s Kwame Owusu Achiaw, the artiste said the gesture was part of his Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

“This is not my first time donating to the needy. I have been doing it in various regions like the Greater Accra, Eastern, Central and among others.”

The items were received by Madam Mabel Boamah, the manageress of the Kumasi Children’s Home who showed gratitude and appreciation to artiste and his institution.

She encouraged the public to make it a point to embark on such ventures to compliment the government’s effort. “You can even pass by and say hello to the children.” This, she said, will help put a smile on the children’s face.

Chancellor 1 opens up his 2023 discography with his emphatic debut anthem ‘don’t go there,’ – a modern reggae dancehall track which is enveloped in all the suited elements of an incessantly catchy Afro dancehall track.

Featuring the esteemed fellow artiste, Owura Kwaku, ‘Don’t Go There,’ is a predominantly solo project featuring production from the prestigious KE Beatz. With the intention to ‘portray old African culture game and mix it with
amapiano music & dance,’ ‘Don’t Go There,’ is the ideal single to soundtrack the end of summer.

Checkout the song from below.

Also follow Chancellor 1 on the following social media fora;

Instagram – @chancellormasha

Facebook – Badu Agyemang Lawson

Story: Hajara Fuseini

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Meet Ideas Mufasa, An Afable Upcoming Music Who Doubles As A Nurse




Fast emerging rap artiste, Ideas is the next big thing to come out of Ghana. The young rapper specializes in trap and drill cultures, although his versatility is up the roof.

Born on the 24th of August 1992, Ideas, christened Isaac Oppong Agyare hails from Kintampo in the Bono East Region of Ghana. Born to Mrs. Ophelia Sarkodie and Mr. Michael Oppong Agyare, Ideas has always loved music, even in infancy.

Ideas had his basic education in Kings and Queens International School, which is located in Buokrom, Kumasi. He furthered on for his high school education at Kings College, around the same town. He then continued at Community Health Nursing and Midwifery Training, Sunyani Tanoso, where he had his nursing diploma. Ideas works as a professional nurse and a musician now.

Ideas started his music journey from church  where he was a member of his church’s choir. He was also much inspired by highlife and reggae music because his father who is an ardent listener of these two genres blasted them always at home. Also, his biggest influence is from his grandfather, Nana Tufffour, a renowned highlife music veteran.

Ideas got into music professionally in 2021 when he recorded his first song, “Abo Ano” which featured, young dancehall art, Lewa. The song which enjoyed massive playtime on music outlets in and around Kumasi was alarming for a first timer. He has since then worked on so many amazing songs that also cut the mark.

Ideas aspires to become as enlightened, well patronized and bright like American rapper, Roddy Ricch. He is then working hard to achieve this great feat. Although self funded for now, Ideas sees himself becoming the next big thing from Ghana in a couple of years to come.

Follow, get in touch and react with Ideas on the following social media fora.

Facebook – Ideas Mufasa

 Instagram – Ideas_Mufasa

Twitter – Ideas Mufasa

Tik Tok – Ideas Mufasa

YouTube – Ideas Mufasa



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