All categories for awards are highly competitive and this year’s Highlife Song of the Year is no different. The genre that can be said to be originally Ghanaian has in years past seen a dip. The reason can be attributed to a lot of factors including the generational preferences which has made a lot of Ghanaian artistes ‘pop-oriented’. However one artiste has stayed true to his calling and has steadily progressed. Though he has not attained the roof-blowing success as expected, his compositions speak volumes.
Kumi Guitar has from the onset of his musical journey established himself as a giant in highlife. The enterprising songwriter has never disappointed on any song dishing out appropriate lyrical content. He has picked a number of awards but not at the Charterhouse organized event. He will have to beat strong competition including Dada Hafco’s ‘Yebewu Nti’, ‘Thunder’ by Lynx Entertainment signee Kidi, KwesiArthur’s inspirationally-charged ‘Woara’, fan-favorite ‘CCTV’ performed by King Promise which featuresSarkodie and Mugeez, Adina’s ‘Killing Me Softly’ and surprisingly Shatta Wale’s ‘My Level’.
The picturesque qualities of Kumi Guitar’s ‘Betweener’ coupled with modulation in its instrumentation makes it well-grounded. The song released in the year 2018 under the Zylofon Music label was an instant fan favourite. It is one of those songs that you cannot turn a ‘blind’ ear to. It is a very realistic composition that touches on males who cannot approach females they admire and make their intentions known.
If he picks the award, he joins a list of experienced highlife greats such as the late Daasebre Dwamena, Lucky Mensah, Adane Best, Rex Omar, OforiAmponsah amongst a host of other talented musicians. This year marks the twentieth anniversary since the inception of the awards in 1999. It is scheduled for the 18th of May, 2019 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Written by: Nana Fredua-Agyeman Jnr.
Rex Omar Names Best Songwriters Of All Time.
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.
“Things Fall Apart Appeals To Corporate World. – Kofi Kinaata
Lyrical genius and Team Move leader, Kofi Kinaata, has expressed his idea of a successful musician following the release of his latest hit single, Things Fall Apart.
According to the ‘Adam & Eve’ crooner, the true mark of success as a musician is being able to, through your music, appeal both to the streets and the corporate world, which he believes ‘Things Fall Apart’ does very well.
Also he has further revealed that he is a member of the Church of Christ but admitted he is a part-time Christian jokingly. The former High-Grade signee stated, it’s about time for introspection and reality checks as Ghanaians and explain that as Ghanaians we should not take everything for granted.
Kofi Kinaata entreated everyone to eschew hypocrisy hence the need for us to go back to our popular adage which says “Charity begins at home”. The ‘Susuka’ hitmaker stated that he has learnt, grown and mastered his craft as a musician, therefore, he can rap and sing at the same time.
Gospel Sensation, Stevein Oil Secures A Collaboration With Joe Beecham.
Sensational Gospel music multi-talent, Stevein Oil, is set to release a new single, ‘Tumi Wura’, which features renowned Gospel minister, Ps. Joe Beecham.
Highly recognised as one of the great singers in the Ghanaian Gospel music scene, Stevein Oil is one of a kind with a deep sense of creativity and composition skill.
The “Overflow” hitmaker is set to release another spirit-filled powerful single titled “Tumi Wura” which features celebrated and anointed singer Pastor Joe Beecham. This collaboration just ignites anticipation knowing the track record of these two gospel musicians with the blend of the old and new school.
“Tumi Wura” will be premiered on the 19th day of October 2019 on all media portals and follows other masterpieces by Stevein Oil such as Overflow, Nobody Dey, Ese and Afore3.
NEW MUSIC: Humble Dis Recruit DarkoVibes On New Single.
Listen to this new release from Humble dis ft Darko Vibes from the (Music of many colors Ep)Humble Dis is a member of R2bees and same time younger brother to Omar sterling and MugeeZ . #Agoro SOME LYRICS “Style a kick like a Kung Fu Panda. Ron the place them deya and a wonder. Girl seh she need a good plumber fi wet up the place.need a man weh stronger....
The Bhimnation boss posted on Snapchat few days ago (Spectacular fire a mi Artist)meaning Humble Dis is his artist and MugeeZ also posted My Teacher ina dancehall finally comes thru with bomskiii. (Music of many Colors) soon Stream below;