Ever since the whole Asaase Radio created a battle platform wave kicked off, bringing a much-needed spark of joy and excitement to the dreadful pandemic grind, those of us who love and respect dancehall music and Ghanaian sound system culture have been asking ourselves when (if ever) the world would finally recognize that this whole digital sensation was based on the concept of sound clash.
Considering the fact that, Africa systems culture, Ghana as a matter of fact, pioneered the sort of “beat battles” have made the lyrical clash a social media sensation over two decades ago, the creative decision was absolutely more than fitting. By pitting two icons of the genre, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, in head-to-head competition, the maiden edition of “Asaase Sound Clash” did not just showcase two of its most respected lyricists ever to hold a microphone, it also tapped into an epic rivalry that stretches back more than a a decade ago.
When Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale came through Asaase FM days before the performance, they both declared that they would not be preparing for the battle as the art of war should be spontaneous. This has had people on tender hooks as no one really knows what would happen on the night. But of course all celebrities were out in full force for this highly anticipated battle.
On Saturday, September 12, 2020, fans were able to enjoy a “Verzuz-like” battle between reggae and dance-hall greats Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, who decided to switch things up by trading songs from within the same room. Together, the Ghanaian giants were able to perform their biggest classics in front of hundreds of indoor fans and about thousands social media users, all with their cultural flag behind him mid-performance.
Arguably the most exciting and spontaneous edition of Ghana’s version of the “Verzuz” battle, the Stone and Shatta battle was not a “clash” in the traditional Jamaican or Reggae/Ragga a& Dance-hall sense, but it was hardly a conventional beat battle either. The clash, in true ‘yaad’ fashion ran slightly off-schedule according to the anxious social media butterflies and invited guests who sat listening to the mixing styles of the host, Sean B.
Shatta Wale started his set with tracks like Kill Dem With Prayers, Aye Halfcast, Only One Man, Ayoo, Ice Cream, Star Boy, Stinky Mouth, Shatta City, Gringo, Dancehall King.
The proclaimed King of the Dancehall set example by making a punctual appearance clothed in the apparel portraying the orientation of the culture. Africa’s most revered reggae/ragga & dance-hall icon with international presence and reputation first set of tracks in response to Shatta’s set included Blaze Dem (a new song recorded purposely for the clash), Hero, No Sir, Sapashini, Shell Dem, Wicked (featuring Gappy Ranks), Top Skanka, Pepper Dem, People Dey, Name, Pull Up, Something Wicked others.
The chemistry and more importantly the harmony between Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale made it an entertaining show which will be recorded in the history books. With over 40 songs played and performed out of the dancehall deejays’ catalogues combined, the result of the Maiden Asaase Sound Clash battle is still being weighed in the balance.
However, on the morning after the much anticipated dancehall clash between Stonebwoy and shatta wale, social media users have taken to twitter to declare Stonebwoy the winner of the clash. Stonebwoy is trending both at number one and number 2 on twitter with some social media users mocking shatta wale for leaving the stage just before the freestyle battle session which they claim was a clear indication of throwing in the towel.
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Pzeefire has always been an incredible performer with great vocals and energy from day one. Last night, he proved to be a master at what he does by belting out great songs all through his stage performance during his impeccable virtual concert which was aired on ETV Ghana powered by Speech Production.
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Award-winning rapper Sarkodie on Sunday held a historic Black Love virtual concert amassing millions of views online from music lovers in Ghana and the world at large. From start to finish, the entire show saw a variety of music acts and performances from both the old and the new.
The main highlight of the show that awed fans still has them talking was Sarkodie’s entry. Performing apex of the Independence Arch, the rapper stood next to the iconic Black Star, with choreographers positioned a step down, wielding lit torches. His performances on the night were a true testament to adequate preparation and the professionalism that the rapper touts.
Great sound quality and breathtaking lighting added to the magic of the night. Sarkodie has certainly raised the bar with this concert and it will without a doubt be considered as one of the most legendary Ghanaian shows of this generation.
Held at the Independence Square in Osu, the performances on the night ranged from acts by Efya Nocturnal, Joey B, and King Promise to the very grand entry of the rapper, which was as iconic as the artist himself.
Legendary acts like Abrantie Amakye Dede and Yaw Sarpong served audiences with some breathtaking performances of some of their classic tunes. As part of the night’s package, the show saw Sarkodie and Reggae Dancehall act Shatta Wale in an energetic performance, the first after close to five years of “feuding” between the two.
REVIEW/ Stonebwoy Hosts Virtual Album Listening Session
GREATER ACCRA – Thursday, April 23, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – It was a night full music and exclusive information as multiple award-winning Ghanaian born reggae/ragga & dance-hall warrior, livingstone Etse Satekla, professionally called Stonebwoy, was hosted in a 2-hour virtual album listening session live on on the largest independent commercial media and entertainment network in Ghana, Multimedia Group Limited (parent company of Hitz 103.9 FM and Joy Prime)
The event which was streamed live via Stonebwoy’s Youtube page, Joy Prime’s social media pages respectively, and transmitted via Hitz 103.9 FM witnessed the Black Entertainment Tv (BET) award-winning artiste taking consumers, entertainment critics and the entire music populace down the lane to “Anloga Junction”, with discussion being centered on his forthcoming studio album, but not limited to promotional strategies, collaborations, productions and inspiration behind the whole theme, thus, “Anloga Junction”.
Hosted by Jay Foley and Kpekpo Maxwell Justice (KMJ) who empaneled Mark Okraku Mantey, Cookie Tee, and Doreen Avio, “Road To Anloga Junction” saw the most revered dance-hall artiste delivering an electrifying performance with his BHIM Band, with only two crew members (Keyboardist and Guitarist) representing. For the first time, he performed the three singles (Understand, African Party and Good Morning) and track-15, Strength and Hope, off the album. This was after he shared two singles each from the last three albums, thus, Grade 1, Necessary Evil, and Epistles of Mama (EOM).
Speaking on the unconscious burst of creativity on the subject of his forthcoming fourth studio album, Stonebwoy revealed that, he needed to get people wondering about themaster piece just by hearing the name. He explained that, “Anloga” (a town in Keta District of the Volta Region in southeast Ghana) represents the inspiration from home, where as “Junction” represents the inventiveness from the western world. He however gave props to his late mother for being part of his artistic journey.
On the issue of production, mixing and mastering, the Nickelodeon Kids Choice (NKC) award-winning artiste stated that, in 2019, Burniton Music Group – BMG (his management) knew they had to put a project for 2020, and for this particular project, his administration handpicked some of the the topmost producers in the world to Ghana’s home-grown masterminds.
The 15-tracklist album captioned “Anloga Junction”, which is set to be premiered on 24th April, 2020 hosted 15 record producers across the globe who oversaw and managed the sound recording and production ranging from one song to a lengthy concept on his yet to be released album. The project recruited seven (7) Ghanaian top-notch producers, one (1) British prolific producer, one (1) Nigerian hit producer, a Dutch producer, and one (1) Legendary Jamaican Producer.
The project housed Mix Master Garzy (Ghana), Nana Rogue (Ghana), MoG (Ghana), Top-notch Ghanaian Dancehall music producer, Beatz Dakay, iPaapi(Ghana) N2theA (pronounced N-to-the-A) (United Kingdom, celebrated American record producer, Andre “Dre” Harris, Riga, Phantom (Nigeria), sensational Ghanaian record producer, Street Beatz, Fox Beatz(Ghana), and astute Jamaican astute producer, Kabaka Pyramid. Amazingly, Ghanaian home-grown mastermind, Mix Master Garzy, mastered all the tunes on Anloga Junction.
However, Stonebwoy revealed that, it was not deliberate to not feature any other Ghanaian, including his former boss, and High Grade Family (HGF) frontliner, Samini, but, Ghanaian Highlife pioneer; Kojo Antwi (Mr. Music Man). On this project, the three times AFRIMA Dance-hall artiste year linked up with Jamaican dance-hall juggernaut; Jahmeil, Legendary American singer; Keri Hilson, Sensational Nigerian afro-beats star; Zlatan, multiple award-winning South African rapper signed on to DEF Jam Records; Nasty C, Dutch singer; Chivv, fast rising dance-hall singjay; Alicai Harley and East Africa’s Diamond Platnumz.
The project is built on stuttering synth hits and beat work produced by 13 illustrious record producers. Stonebwoy and the and the featured recording and performing artistes connected over energetic rhythms, each delivering their own verses—add one more album to the many stellar cross-Atlantic musical collaborations that have been going on for years, in particular between West Africa and the Caribbean. The singles on the project comes paired with a new music video directed by other video directors.
Pre-order Anloga Junction album here
(Photo Credit: Rob Photography)
MTN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Amakye Dede, Samini, Others Excite Patrons with Good Hi- Life Music At The Event.
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) – Highlife legend Abrantie Amakye Dede on Friday, December 6 thrilled music lovers at the farmers’ day edition of the MTN Music festival event held at the AICC in Accra. Amakye Dede’s one hour performance was electrifying, as he gave his fans a feel of good Ghanaian danceable highlife music.
The ‘Akwadawesoa’ hitmaker performed most of his popular songs like ‘Adukro mu nsuo’, ‘Bebrebe’, ‘Iron Boy’, ‘Wanware Me A’, ‘Odo Mani Agyina’, ‘Ohohoo Batani’, among others.
The Checheku band, set the ball rolling with some great life band music which indeed made the place more fun and interesting with their singing skills and dance moves while playing the instruments at the same time.
The Angela Hit maker, Kuame Eugene proved to the crowd that he is truly the ‘king of highlife music’ as he performed some of his hit songs: ‘Wish me well’, Angela, Confusion, Aku Shika etc. with amazing dance moves and interaction with the audience. His energetic performance made the night more fun, while patrons sang along with him.
After his performance, the Ashaiman based comedian Ramzy, took over the stage with his rib cracking jokes which took the audience to another level with laughter and excitement all over their faces.
Highlife legend, Rex Owusu Marfo commonly known as Rex Omar got the audience on their feet with his flamboyant performances. He got the patrons to sing along to his all-time hit songs like ‘Fa W’akuma ma me’ and Abiba.
The audience went into a state of frenzy as DJ Andy Dosty played some of the hit songs from the late 90’s to early 2000’s with surprise performances by artistes like T Blaze, Ex Doe Bright of Buk Bak fame and Shatta Mitchy. Kidi A.K.A Sugar Daddy, with his thrilling performance got the audience support with their screams and he did not disappoint; his energy and voice all came together well and the audience were with him all the way as he performed some of his hits Adiepena, Say You Love Me, Sugar Daddy, Odo etc.
Crowning the night, the High Grade boss Samini, who is well known for his live band styled music did so well by treating the crowd with some enthusiastic performance and stage made lyrics.
The farmer’s day edition of the MTN Music Festival ended in a grand style with a lot of excitements. The night saw a lot of patrons trooping in their elegant costumes just to come and celebrate farmers with MTN. Indeed the night was full of music, fashion, glitz and glamour.
The MTN Music Festival was organized in partnership with Slip Entertainment to celebrate and stimulate the county’s creative art industry. The event is poised to excite its customers as the year draws to a close with entertainment events such as the MTN Hitmaker, Carols Night, Stonebwoy Concert amongst others.
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