Category Archives: Ghana

‘Photosentences’ – Mutombo da Poet

mutombo da poetPercy Osei Appiah alias Mutombo Da Poet protests, jokes, sings, draws pictures with his words, talks about politics, love, Accra, trotros and ensures us that things will ‘Get Better‘. The young poet is a popular artist in the Ghanaian spoken word scene, who has began to do international shows. In 2012, he released his debut LP ‘Photosentences‘, packed with inspiring pieces of spoken word/ poetry.

In the angry ‘Parade‘, an open letter to all Ghanaians, he airs his frustration about Ghanaians’ politicians and shows his sympathies for the anti-governmental Occupy Flagstaff House movement. It is nice to see that the young poet adds melody to his spoken word:  In his sweet and melodious piece about love – called Love.The Most Confusing Thing I Had To Explain. Never Doing It Again… Chale‘ – he proofs his singing qualities and also the piece ‘SociallyYou‘ is embedded in jazzy Hip Hop beats. In ‘Ten Regions‘ he takes us through a audio-tour through Ghana and his hopeful ‘Get Better‘ reminds us to see the positive things in life.

Listen below to some selected tracks from his soundcloud and his LP ‘Photosentences‘ via bandcamp, where you can get the album for a sum of your choice.

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‘Longwalk’ & ”So Much Things’ (Lauryn Hill Cover) – Kae Sun

KAE SUN LONGWALKCanadian/Ghanaian singer and songwriter Kae Sun will soon release a self-titled EP and just dropped the tune ‘Longwalk‘ to gave us a glimpse of what we may expect. His tune ‘Ship and The Globe‘ was picked by JUSI I LOVE as one of the Top 20 Songs in 2012. ‘Longwalk‘ is a very subtle and atmospheric track whose lyrics carry deep lines about peace, war and freedom: ‘Freedom are we getting closer yet? & the years come and go, maybe just to slow/ war  business, now the tears won’t dry, cause if we fight fire with fire, well that’s my child for your child’

Again, he shared a wonderful acoustic cover of ‘So Much Things‘, originally performed by Lauryn Hill, which was captured live during a warm-up for his acoustic set at the Gasteig München, Germany.

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‘Baafira & Adonai Mashup’ – Adomaa

adomaaAdomaa took a rather unusual path by covering and mashing up two Hip Hop tracks from Ghana (‘Baafira‘ by Stonebwoy and ‘Adonai‘ by Sarkodie) and reinterpreting them in a Jazz tune. Great work by the young upcoming chanteuse. The mash-up even made to Beehype’s Top 25 music for January-February 2015!

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‘Bankulize’ – Mr. Eazi & Juls (Feat. Pappy Kojo)

bankulizeOn ‘Bankulize‘ Ghanaian music engineer DJ Juls (‘Feel Alright‘, ‘Suffer‘, ‘Gbeshi Afrobeats Mix‘) collaborated with Nigerian artist Mr. Eazi and Takoradi native Pappy Kojo. The lyrics are carried by a minimalistic Dancehall beat that sounds balafon-inspired (maybe a homage to the Ghanaian Gyil tradition) and is accompanied by soft drumming.

Grab the track for free via DJ Juls’ soundcloud!

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‘Finish Line (Remix)’ – Dee Moneey (Feat. Paedeezy, Ice Prince, Reminisce, J.Town, M.anifest)

Dee-Money-Finish-Line-Rmx-ArtThe remix of Dee-Moneey‘s the first-class Hip Hop track ‘Finish Line‘ was actually released some weeks ago but it is still hitting the streets and I thought after the original version was already featured on JUSI I LOVE, there is need to give credit to this remix. Whereas the initial version featured Sarkodie and J-Town, four more West African Hip Hop heavyweights acknowledged the quality of the Gafacci-crafted beat and contributed rhymes: Ghanaian M.anifest, Paedeezy (R2bees) and Nigerian Ice Prince, and Reminisce.

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