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University Of Professional Studies, Accra Honours Stonebwoy.

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Livingston Etse Satekla, known by stage name Stonebwoy, a Ghanaian Reggae Dancehall artist over the weekend in a ceremony organized by the University of Professional Studies, Accra Alumni got awarded for his immense contribution towards the entertainment industry.

The Burn it on music group C.E.O in his acceptance expressed gratitude for the honour made him and advised all and sundry on the benefits of getting a formal education and the need to also educate yourself outside the classroom curriculum.

Stonebwoy who was a part of the 2013 year group of the University was among the illustrious sons and daughters of the prestigious University who were invited to the 2018 alumni dinner and handing over ceremony where the newly elected executives of the association had their induction.

The event which had in attendance alumni of the University of Professional Studies who are climbing the success ladder just fine in their respective fields of endeavor had Hon. Forson Cassiel Ato, an alumni, the Member of Parliament for the Ajumako-Enyan Esiam Constituency in the central Region and a former Minister of Finance as the keynote speaker. Management of the University were also fairly represented by the Chancellor, Dr. Kinsley A. Fletcher, Prof. Goski Alabi, Dr Mustapha among others.

Stonebowy on the 28th of December will host his annual Bhim Nation concert at the Fantasy Dome – Trade Fare. It’s tipped to be the biggest Reggae Dancehall event Ghana is yet to see, do well to get tickets and support the top skanka.  

 

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Epixode Switches Style.

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Ghanaian singjay epixode known for his versatile mixture of reggae, dancehall hinted a change in his music delivery and ‘going off the original artist society knows him for’. This came to light when he had an interview with Antoine Mensah of live 919fm.

As society is transformational so are humans expected to change and change, is individualistic which will revolve to affects section or sections of human. He further explained that, ‘as an artist you need to look at what the crowd at the particular time and give them what they want’ in response to not performing his songs on the album.

Surprisingly, he really can’t recall the last time he listened to dancehall at home. A genre we all knew he stood for. In that regard, he subscribes to music that are weird and one of them is country music but the likes of reggae was not exempted. He honestly said ‘ones in a while’.

So then the question will be when then is epixode seeking to bring on board with this new shell he is bringing. He is set to person on alliance franchise next week which he disclosed to Antoine on his radio show. And his new single wahaladey is on rotation on all radio station.

(Source: beeniewords.com)

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OBRA (LIFE): A Review Of Samini’s Music Video.

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Here we have 5 minutes of Ghanaian flavored reggae music that has many dynamic types of shading, and is sprinkled with sustained lines, weaving counter lines, and thick, resonant chords. The contrasts in mood are very well handled. It is a rousing number that exudes rhythmic intensity, and Ghanaian bravado. This exciting musical composition brings out a sense of adventure, and reggae lovers will enjoy the brisk tempo and fiery Ghanaian rhythms.

"Obra" - Life; is one of the top charting singles from Samini's Untamed album. It’s a very touchy record that does have a much deeper meaning or context. It is mainly championing the success of Samini, who has gone through so much and later losing wealth to a fraudster (Kwadzo Nkansah Liwin - Ghanaian comic actor).

"Obra yɛ ɔko oo e, I can’t believe sɛ aka me nko oo e, Aba no saa ara, Ama ma m'ayɛ wild! Me pɛ sɛ me kɔ kurom nso, Ɛnhyɛ me ho ooh e yeah! (Chorus). Where ma nigga dey bra bɛfa me, Na adwen-adwen bebirebe yi No be good for ma head o, Borga paa ara na ɛnɛ deɛ bɛhwɛ me, Me nya biribi a anoɔdene, Just to cool down my head o, Suro nnipa na gyae saman! Nnipa tirim yɛ sum toom Me ka m'gya nann, W'aka apepa n'ano wesee ahyɛda abisa sɛ hwan, Asɛ w'anka bi nso ɔno na ɔkaa deɛ edikan"

(Dominated by the Ghanaian Twi language and spiced up with Pidgin English, the verse's words are basically laid out. Life is war, if not lived well, you will be amazed to be left alone in the dilemma. Fear human and allow the spirit to rest). I tried decoding the lyrics.

The song sonically is amazing—it works perfectly with the voice of Legendary Samini. The beat doesn’t make the song, it doesn’t overpower his voice, it accentuates and enhances seamlessly while also being present and in your face. Samini pulled together some major actors (including known Kwadzo Nkansah Lil Win and Vivian Jill) into one epic video, directed by Yaw Skyface.

The video video to the song has older origins. The story line is one of the usual movie script's acted by persons who portray a character in a performance; actors. thus, someone (Samini)travels overseas to turn the hardships in his life into some good fortunes, sends the earnings to a friend (Lil Win) to make some properties for him, only to return to his homeland just to find out that his toil has been in vein.

Well, this not a bad video story line because, the lyrics of the song clearly tells how the visual components will end up. This video is actually one of a kind which vividly explain the audio side, basically, the lyrics. Thus, a patron can watch this master piece without the audio, or the sound to the video being muted, and yet getting the whole story line as if he or she (patron) was privy to the audio.

The five minute and fifteen seconds visual components has two bridges that is a contrasting section that prepares for the return of the original material section. or may be used more loosely in verse-chorus form. Its also allow the patrons or music fanatics to hear the words from the characters in video. Which sometimes I feel shouldn't be the case, because the audio has played that role.

You can't doubt Yaw Skyface's work. The directing was practically on point, I think the movie characters(Lil Win and Vivian Jill) in the video also contributed to a the smooth directing from the Yaw Skyface. Samini and the few passer by also performed to meet their task. The location was also point, with the weather condition (natural or artificial) adding more aesthetics to the body of work.

Waking up right from a rented compound house, Samini was looking so frustrated, holding and sipping a bottle of an alcoholic beverage with the objective of trying to calm his feeling or expressing of distress and annoyance resulting from an inability to change or achieve his set goals of making some properties in Ghana while living abroad, because Akwasi(Lil Win) who is responsible for making his dreams a reality used the monies to satisfy his personal needs.

He phoned his friend to accompany him to Akwasi's residence to confront him (Akwasi) and to request for the expenditure on how the monies was used. On reaching his residence, Akwasi flee the house as he sense an unquenching trouble from a distance. Samini also initiated a manhunt because there are questions that need answers. Akwasi was out of energy to continue the run. He was resting, and contemplating on where to escape to, all of a sudden he was caught by Samini, only to confess that, he misused the and didn't make any properties.

Overall, this is a strong production, and both characters and director deserve special praise. This dramatic piece creates an intense, rhythmic, driving, angular sound that is quite contemporary;. The rich and resonant brass and the crisp and exact percussion dominate the scene throughout, as the main theme is somewhat developed. This composition would make a good concert opener.

This music video is a message. It’s telling all people not to entrust their wealth in the hands of friends or family members, because you can be disappointed and frustrated.

Watch video below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vFm79HpnzU

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Obrafuor Explains Why Nigerian Artist Do Better Than Ghanaian Artists.

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Speaking in a one on one interview with Ghanaian Journalist and blogger Attractive Mustapha on what needs to be done to improve our music industry, Obrafour opined that industry players must avoid the unnecessary banter and unite to produce quality music and explore the market.

“We started from somewhere and we are where we are now, today unlike my time, today social media is propagating and putting everyone out there. It’s quite refreshing to see Ghanaian musicians being honored all over across the globe”, he said.

He lamented that there’s something that we are all forgetting, which has been cited in the bible that a prophet is not honored in his own home.

“Ghanaians have a penchant for foreign things we don’t really honor our heroes down here and that has been our pain,” Obrafour added.

He further explained that Nigerians are doing better than Ghanaians because they know the relevance of supporting their own and all the rich people are supporting their industry, investing in their Music, so until a time Ghanaians also realize we have the men who can do better than and support them too, then we can move forward.

Ghanaian music legendary Obrafour, born Michael Elliot Kwabena Okyere Darko has said though the music industry has come off age, and one of the reasons that make Nigerians continue to do better than Ghana in terms of music is the support they give to their own.

(Source: beeniewords.com)

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D Black Debunk Rumors About Dating Princess Shyngle.

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D-Black, a Ghanaian hip-hop and afrobeat musician has reacted to actress Princess Shyngle’s allegation of cheating on her while they were dating.
The Gambian-born, actress a few months ago talked about her love life during an appearance on the Delay Show, where she revealed that asides dating Ghanaian football legend, Michael Essien, she also dated D-Black for two years.

Princess Shyngle said she walked out of the relationship because he cheated on her numerous times. “Well, in as much as D-Black was an amazing guy, he was not always faithful to me. The point I decided to walk out of the relationship was when I wasn’t in support of him having a nightclub. I am a very jealous person and he cheated on me a few times, so I felt him getting a nightclub will get him close to girls. We never broke up…I just walked out of the relationship,” she said.

Reacting to the allegation in a yet-to-be-aired interview with Citi TV’s AJ Sarpong, D-Black denied dating Princess Shyngle. According to him, they were just friends.

“I wouldn’t say we were in a relationship. It was a friendship. Nothing more than that,” he said.
Recall that Princess Shyngle had been linked to rumour of Burna Boy’s break-up with Stefflon Don which turned to be false.

(Source: beeniewords.com)

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