Ace musician, Rex Omar, has posited that Takoradi-based rapper/singer, Martin King Arthur, popularly known as Kofi Kinaata is not a songwriter as many have perceived him to be.
This comes after the release of Kofi Kinaata’s new song, ‘Things Fall Apart’ which has received massive praise from most musicians and Ghanaians alike. To most of them, the song speaks volumes of our everyday lifestyle confirming that he is a good songwriter and should win the 2020 VGMA songwriter award for the third time.
Over the years, Kofi Kinaata has shown that he is a good songwriter considering the content in the songs he has released so far and no wonder, he won back-to-back awards for his songwriting prowess at the 2016/2019 VGMA’s.
In a phone-in interview with Arnold Elavanyo on Zylofon’s Showbiz Agenda, the ‘Abiba’ hitmaker was asked to mention his top 5 Ghanaian songwriters of all time and surprisingly categorised Kofi Kinaata as a lyricist and not a songwriter.
He listed Amandzeba Nat Brew, OJ, Okyeame Kwame, Rev Yawson, Akwaboah and Ephraim Amo as his favourite all-time songwriters. Though he didn’t rule out Kofi Kinaata’s writing prowess, he was of the view that his lyrical prowess is one of a kind considering that his songs have good content and the lyrics are well arranged.
According to him, most of Kofi Kinaata’s jargons used in his songs are most of the time, already coined words by veteran musicians and everyday-used-words.
Fuse ODG Advocate For Prostitutes.
In August, after an entertaining event at Jamestown in the city of Accra, during the “Homowo” festival on a Saturday, we went to Osu to climax the occasion with a night to remember roaming popular joints on the streets of Osu. At the “Osu Night Market” we met Akweley, and two Ivorian friends, they were sex workers eager to offer us “booty for dollar”. Akweley, an SHS dropout has been a sex worker for 4 years now; her other two colleagues (also sex workers in Ivory Coast) arrived in Ghana this year June looking for a new environment to mark as a territory.
Prostitution in Ghana is illegal but widespread so much that many Ghanaians are unaware that it is prohibited. There are brothels in most towns, cities, and ports. Akweley and her friends are “roamers”, they do not belong to a brothel. They work on the streets, bars, and hotels. On why she chose this profession, Akweley stated she was always a victim of sexual abuse because of her curvy stature. She never knew her dad and lost her mum at age 14. Men won’t offer her any financial support without tasting her cookies; with time she hardened up and joined the sex trade.
“It’s an indecent profession and a risky job, I know. And sincerely, I know my mother’s spirit won’t be proud of what I have become, but for people like me, it’s the only way of survival. Someday, I may find a miracle to a better life, but for now, this is what I do to eat. I’m not proud of myself but it puts food on my table,” Akweley said.
Over the years, Ghana is gradually establishing itself as a destination for sex tourism, and high rates of unemployment and poverty in the country are believed to the cause of growth in the sex industry; a fraction of sex workers are campaigning for legalization. Sex workers occasionally face violence from customers. They are also often abused by law enforcement officers. These included intimidation, extortion, threats, and raids. Sometimes, they have sex with police officers to avoid prosecution.
Ghanaian afrobeat’s singer, Fuse ODG’s new musical project, Road to Ghana Vol. One showcases a positive light on the evolution of Ghanaian music. The award-winning afrobeat singer is amongst those calling out to Africans and the Diaspora to return home and rebuild the continent. His current project, This Is New Africa (TINA) Festival seeks to unite Africa & the Diaspora through music, and he’s been very significant in promoting Ghana’s Year of Return campaign.
“Osu” is a track off Fuse ODG’s EP, Road To Ghana Vol. One. The song shares an intriguing narrative of prostitution on the streets of Osu. Osu town is probably the heartbeat of entertainment in Accra, and at night, Osu glitters, but don’t be fooled by the glitz and glamour, being at a place at the wrong time could be your worst nightmare.
“Osu has a great reputation for people enjoying themselves and having fun but at the back of that, there’s also the reality of these girls who have to work as sex workers on the streets to get to where they want to be in life. Most of them use this job as a stepping stone to build their dream life. No one talks about what they go through to survive the streets, and I felt like using this as a channel to speak for them and also highlight the fact that, these women need protection,” Fuse explains in an exclusive interview with Flash Africa. “It’s something that people usually frown upon but it’s about time we started to understand where they are coming from and see how we can help protect them, maybe the government can put up a legal structure to protect them, because at the end of the day, whether we like it or not, people ply the trade, “he adds.
To people like Fuse ODG, sex workers are human beings and they deserve their rights, regardless of their profession. Though it’s a controversial debate, Fuse ODG believes sex workers need to be protected by the law to make the sex trade environment safer for them and their clients as well. In June 2015, Zimbabwe’s constitutional court ruled that the police could not arrest sex workers…should other African countries, like Ghana, do the same?
AUDIO: Dada Hafco Host Fameye On His Latest Project.
Name: Dada Hafco ft. Fameye
Song: Our Story
Record label: Dadabees Empire Entertainment
Release date: 25th September, 2019.
Highlife singer Dada Hafco from the camp of Dadabees Empire is out with a new one he calls “Our Story”. The single follows, his Easter vibe ‘Fall Down’ and it has a guest verse from fast-rising singer Fameye.
Dada Hafco in this inspirational joint talks about how God will come through for people at the point of their needs. He will change their stories from good to better and eventually to the best. The tune will motivate anyone going through difficulties in life.
Kanye West Set To Drop A New Album.
Kanye West is working on a new album. The 42-year-old rapper only released LP 'Jesus is King' late last month but he's already back in the recording studio, making a follow-up record with Dr. Dre.
Kanye shared a photo of himself and Dre on Twitter on Monday (18.11.19) and wrote: "Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon (sic)"
The announcement comes a day after Kanye - who has four children with wife Kim Kardashian West - announced he has an opera in the work.
The 'Bound 2' hitmaker revealed the production, 'Nebuchadnezzar' - a Biblical ruler - who presided over the Babylonian empire from c. 605 BC to c. 562 BC will be directed by Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft and Kanye himself has provided the music.
Kanye shared the artwork for the event, a golden engraving of the titular king, and revealed the opera will take place at the Hollywood Bowl on November 24
Tickets for the opera went on sale on Monday.
Meanwhile, the 'Famous' hitmaker recently proclaimed himself the "greatest artist that God has ever created".
Ahead of his own Sunday Service performance, Kanye appeared at pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church on Sunday (17.11.19) in Houston, Texas, and told those gathered: "I know that God's been calling me for a long time and the devil's been distracting me for a long time.
"When I was in my lowest points, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me, and I remember sitting in the hospital at UCLA after having a mental breakdown and there's documentation of me drawing a church and [wanting to] start a church in the middle of Calabasas."
The 'Jesus Walks' rapper went on to explain that he believes God is now using him, despite "all of that arrogance and cockiness that y'all have seen from me".
He explained: "Because every time I stand up, I feel that I'm standing up and drawing a line in the sand and saying, 'I'm here in service to God and no weapon formed against me shall prosper.' Jesus has won the victory.
"I told you about my arrogance and cockiness already. Now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for him."
Lord Paper Features Fameye On “Fameye” Remix
Fan favourite and versatile musician, Lordpaper releases his muchly anticipated remix of the hit song “FAMEYE”.
After several calls from fans to have FAMEYE jump on the hit song, these wishes have been met after several months of speculations with the two hottest artiste in Ghana collaborating on this project.
This is Lordpapers first song after his major breakthrough year following the success of his debut mixtape, Somewhere In North K.
It's been a great year for Lordpaper, who earlier in the year released the hit single “Dzigbordi” which has received critical acclaim from industry players and the general public. And he has followed up with this new banger featuring the former MTN hitmaker participant and Nothing I Get hitmaker who has enjoyed a great year on the Ghanaian music scene.
Speaking on the collaboration, he said "this year has been a good year for myself and my brother FAMEYE, and it was only a matter of time before we released a tape together, and no perfect way than a song titled in his name".
The groovy love theme song echoes optimism and positivity and it's definitely going up the chats after it's release today.
The song is available on all digital media outlets for downloads and streaming.