Ace Ghanaian hiplife artiste, Michael Elliot Okyere Darko, popularly known as Obrafour, has opened up on the rates for his upcoming Pae Mu Ka at 20 Concert, his branded merchandise and Sarkodie’s absence during the shooting of his documentary.
Tickets for the event are selling fast at Gh250 and Gh400 amidst mixed reactions from fans and industry players due to the high pricing but quite a large faction also believe in honoring a true Ghanaian legend no matter the cost.
The concert which was initiated to mark the 20th years following the release of the ‘Pa Mu Ka’ album is expected to take place at Accra International Conference Center (AICC) on November 9, 2019.
The album produced by Hammer of The Last Two was released in 1999 and consists of songs like ‘Kwame Nkrumah’, ‘Yaanom’ ‘Pae Mu Ka’, ‘Kokonsa’ and others.
Positioned as the Godfather of Africa’s Rap King, Sarkodie, he could not pinpoint what exactly prevented his “Godson” from declining his invitation to feature in his documentary when questioned in an interview.
He retorted, “Me and Sark you know I have said time and again that at any given period when it comes to him, so as to why, how, it will be difficult to say anything concrete, it is what it is. Up till date he has not showed up, he had assured that he would be there but he has not been able to come through as his workload is too much”.
He continued, “I am not offended by his disappointment that is why even I would want to say probably there something hindering him that I may not know. The truth is that I am not this big because of human beings even if God blessed me through humans.
God has a reason for doing that, so whatever happens I know it is for a reason. It may be for the good, it is only God who can tell if his feature will be good omen or bad”.
Furthermore, the ‘Rap Sofo’ could not confirm if the ‘Lucky’ crooner will perform at the concert but once he graced the launch, people will expect him to be present because he is not writing anybody off.
“From day one, he was at the launch so definitely you will expect him to be at the concert, I am not writing anybody off at the moment but I’m praying that probably whatever it is that is hindering him God will take it away and he will be able to come through”, he added.
Considering the history between Obrafour and Sarkodie, it has come as a shock to some people, who have had the privilege of watching the documentary, that the latter is not featured in it.
The “Do You” hitmaker has on several occasions declared that Obrafour is a major influence when it comes to his music and in fact, he has even touted that the ‘Yaanom’ hit rapper is his inspiration.
And after years of featuring the rap legend on some of his well-known tracks -including ‘Saa Okodie No’- some industry persons, who have watched a documentary on the Obrafour’s 20th anniversary in the Ghanaian music space, have started asking questions.
The documentary highlights some of the significant happenings since Obrafour started his rap career and also features key industry persons who played roles in the rapper’s career.
The documentary features well-known industry names like CY Lover, Hammer, Tic Tac (now TiC), Kwaw Kese, KOD, Yvonne Nelson, M.anifest and a host of others.
On the other hand, Sarkodie’s manager, Angel, explained that there were definitely arrangement issues because “Sarkodie” was over willing” to feature in the documentary.
The SarkCess Music CEO was booked to shoot at 2pm on an agreed date but unfortunately, the rapper was still at Pastor Brian Amoateng’s IYES Conference at the National Theatre as at that time.
On the flip side, the legend has stepped up his merch game on this whole 20th anniversary journey by making available for purchase, customized Obrafour Converse All Stars sneakers and caps among other paraphernalia.
Note that proceeds from the sale of these branded merchandise would go to his ‘Obrafofro Nti’ Foundation in aid of supporting rural education.
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DJ Neizer & Kojo Manuel Inspire Kumasi With Music At Road To Detty Rave Concert
The Road To Detty Rave show in Kumasi, was headlined by Sarkodie, Joey B, King Promise, Shaker , Kojo Cue, Fameye, Tulenkey and many more but one of the big highlights of the night was DJ Neizer’s spiritual yet inspirational session with Kojo Manuel.As an accomplished and working engineer plus DJ, Neizer has combined two very tough lives and is excelling at both, a point the MC for the Road To Detty Rave Concert, Kojo Manuel expressed and used to inspire the students on being whoever they want to be, because they can.
With the lights off and the thousands of students had their phone lights on, DJ Neizer proceeded to play prayerful songs including Kwesi Arthur’s Pray for Me which had everybody singing along with emotion before switching to an energetic back-to-back jams that had the thousands of fans jumping and screaming all night.The 2017 Campus DJ of the Year definitely has the Midas touch
“I’m The Only Serious, Business Minded Artiste In Ghana. – Shatta Wale
Award-winning dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, has explained that his constant criticism of his fellow artistes and for that matter, the Ghanaian music industry is because of his desire to see the industry thrive on the global stage.
According to him, the attitude and mentality of his colleagues do not depict people who are serious-minded and business-focused. In a television interview on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana programme, Shatta Wale said although his criticisms are hurtful, they are the hard truth.
“My criticism is for change in the industry; change of attitude and mentality towards our work. I believe most of them are not serious when it comes to music. People have sung since time immemorial and have made people see musicians as band boys and so we are not taken seriously.
“I’ve taken music seriously so when I see some artistes pretending that life is good for them, it makes me feel that pain. Osibisa was one of the successful groups globally. When it comes to my colleagues, we have not taken music serious,” he said.
Explaining further, Shatta Wale, known in real life as Charles Nii Armah Mensah blamed the media for compounding the problems in the music industry. According to him, the media has over hyped musicians and have created the impression that “they’ve made it.”
“Presenters make them feel swollen-headed even with a single song and so when they move out there they move with some hype and they think they’ve made it. I’ve been there before. When I came out as Bandana, that was the same thing I went through. But I was living in a single room and I wasn’t making money,” he said.
According to him, what hurts him most is that some of these musicians who are seen playing on the international stage are paid as low as £100 and £200.
“Some of these artistes are paid £100, £200. You’ll see this person is travelling and I go like, when you went there how much money did you make? Do not lie to the next generation. Do not let them feel like travelling and meeting people out there is the business. The business is how much money are you putting in your pocket? How much are you saving? Cos we are all growing…it’s a seasonal thing.
“I’ll grow one day and see that at this age I have to stop doing music so when I stop what am I going to do? So, I’ve started now, doing businesses here and there. If you think that this is going to be forever… that is why you find old musicians coming out and complaining and it makes me feel sad,” he lamented.
In 2018, Shatta Wale was billed to perform at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards held at the Accra International Conference Centre but he failed to turn up.
Explaining why he did not perform at the awards, he said he had no contract with CAF and that he wanted to prove to them that “I’m a very serious artiste who takes his business seriously.”
“CAF didn’t sign a contract with me. They didn’t link any of my management team so when that whole thing came up I was a bit surprise that how come they would want to pay me some money without contract.
“It wasn’t because they paid my Nigerian counterparts more than they offered me. It wasn’t because of the Nigerians. I wanted to show them that this is a serious artiste who takes his business serious. If you wanna put me on a show there are procedures that you have to go through,” he explained.
In his opinion he is the only serious musician in Ghana and it was evident from his collaboration with American singer, Beyonce
“I’m very, very serious,” he said.
Asked if there was no other person in the industry he would consider serious, Shatta had this to say: “I don’t know who to mention. I can’t mention any.”
“What I’m saying now is the truth and it’s the hard truth. They will find it difficult to understand. All those names you are mentioning they are names that I have spoken to and I have educated them on how we should move this music thing,” he explained.
According to him, a serious artiste does not “chase” foreign artistes for collaborations.
“All those artistes you are mentioning are chasing Nigerian artistes. I don’t go chasing Nigerian artistes. They come to me. They love me for the work I do so they come to me with a good heart. It’s not just about talent. I take my business serious.
“When you know what you have, you’ll always sit down and wait for the right time. Like I waited for Beyonce’s collaboration to happen,” he added.
“There Are No Greener Pastures Anywhere. — Wiyaala
International Ghanaian Afro-pop singer Wiyaala, popularly known as the Lioness of Africa has advised young people to stay home, seek opportunities and work hard at home rather than go abroad.
She thinks that, being optimistic and putting the same effort into working back at home can equally lead you to achieving greater heights. She said, ‘Europe, USA and even Accra are not all that they are made out to be. I’ve seen many young Africans struggling to survive. It’s a myth to think of these places outside as the promised land.’
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Speaking in an exclusive interview with the host of 3FM Drive, Giovani Caleb, she said that ‘‘ young people, especially females who seem to face more problems than the boys, need to work harder and realise that the same energy you use in the big city or going outside you could also use in your regions and towns. There are huge opportunities coming in farming and tourism’
The Lioness also related how the Wiyaala Gala Concert in the UK raised significant funds for Teach2Teach, an NGO which trains unemployed SHS leavers to teach basic education to children in deprived communities in Northern Ghana. This helps reduce youth unemployment and improve primary school education in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.
(Source: Nancy Hatie Nwadei)