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

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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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ASGAB Foklex Media Awards 2023/24: Mc Rabbi Crowned Best Entertainment Program Show Host in Ashanti Region

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The National Theatre played host to the 13th edition of the prestigious ASGAB Foklex Media Awards on Saturday, 11th May, 2024, in a ceremony that celebrated exceptional journalism and outstanding achievements in the Ghanaian media landscape. The event, organized by Foklex Media, aimed to recognize and reward deserving media personalities and organizations for their contributions to the industry.

Among the esteemed winners was Mc Rabbi, a talented radio presenter with Abusua 96.5 FM, who took home the coveted “Entertainment Program Host Of The Year” award for the Ashanti Region. Mc Rabbi’s popular show, “Anigyee Mmere,” which airs every Saturday on Abusua 96.5 FM, has become a household name in the region, attracting a massive following and critical acclaim.

The award category, which was keenly contested by other notable presenters, including Mr. Black, Tony Best, Emcee Bebe, and others, recognized Mc Rabbi’s exceptional talent, dedication, and contributions to the entertainment industry. His win was a testament to his hard work, passion, and ability to connect with his audience, making him one of the most listened-to presenters in the region.

The ASGAB Foklex Media Awards, now in its 13th year, has established itself as a benchmark of excellence in the Ghanaian media industry, recognizing and rewarding outstanding achievements in various categories, including radio, television, print, and digital media. The awards ceremony was attended by prominent media personalities, industry stakeholders, and dignitaries, who gathered to celebrate the best of Ghanaian journalism and media excellence.

Mc Rabbi’s win is a proud moment for the EIB Network’s franchise in the Ashanti region, which has consistently promoted exceptional talents and innovative programming. The network’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to providing a platform for talented media personalities like Mc Rabbi have paid off, as evident in this well-deserved win.

Congratulations to Mc Rabbi and the entire EIB Network team on this outstanding achievement!

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Joseph Matthew Is A Talented Musician With A Deep Understanding Of His Craft – Fredyma

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Renowned Ghanaian music producer, Fred Kyei Mensah, popularly known as Fredyma, has lavished praises on the incredibly talented Afro-gospel musician, Joseph Matthew. With a music career that has transcended borders, Joseph Matthew has become a household name in the gospel music scene in Ghana and the UK, inspiring countless believers with his soul-stirring songs that offer great inspiration and hope.

Since his debut single, “Hallelujah,” in 2019, Joseph Matthew has consistently released hit songs that have captivated audiences worldwide. His discography includes “Nyame Ye” (2019), a powerful song that showcases his vocal range and lyrical depth; “My Story” (2020), a heartfelt testimony of his faith journey; “Not Alone” (2021), a uplifting anthem that resonated with many during the pandemic; “The Name” (2022), a worshipful song that highlights the power of God’s name; “Blessed” (2023), a joyful song that won the “Best Gospel Song of The Year UK” award at the 2023 Ghana Music Awards UK; and “Promise Land,” a soulful song that encourages believers to hold onto God’s promises.

Fredyma, a legendary music producer and pundit, recently reviewed Joseph Matthew’s songs on Onua FM, describing him as a “great artiste” who “understands music.” He praised Joseph Matthew’s vocal strength, lyrical clarity, and skillful incorporation of African rhythms into his music, which sets him apart from other gospel artistes.

Fredyma also commended Joseph Matthew’s ability to perfectly fuse timing, tuning, and tempo in his songs, making him a standout artiste in the industry.

The legendary music producer urged radio presenters to frequently play Joseph Matthew’s songs, acknowledging his significant contribution to the music industry and his ability to inspire and uplift listeners.

With a new single, “Fear No Man,” set to drop in July 2024, Joseph Matthew is poised to continue inspiring and uplifting his fans with his incredible music.

Watch the interview below to hear Fredyma’s glowing review of Joseph Matthew’s talent and music, and get ready to be blessed by Joseph Matthew’s upcoming single!”

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