Wednesday, August 25, 2010


A decibel is widely known as a measure of sound pressure level, but is also used for a wide variety of other measurements in science and engineering, most prominently in acoustics, electronics, and control theory. (, if decibel is a measure of how loud then the message from Canoe was loud as a vuvuzela and clear as crystal- Promoting Quality Music in Africa

A ridiculous meeting at Tema left me perplexed, but I had to be at the show. I had to see Efya and Nneka by all means. A quick shower and my make up spirit did the trick.

I was pretty late but was just in time to see Gena’s last performance “I thank you”. In my ears she sounded like a gospel artiste, truthfully that was my first time listening to her.

Then my eyes drifted to the seats, gosh! They were 70% empty, where was everybody?
I had to get a great sighting seat, the first person i saw before seating was the” Great” Ameyaw Debra whose eyes were focused on the stage, in his soft voice, he said ‘hi Jay’ and smiled .

I got a great seat and put on my second eyes. My friend Luscious asked me “where is everybody” home I said.

Let’s look at the line up for that concert
Nneka -Hip Hop / Soul / Afro-beat music
Bibie Brew- Jazz Diva
Efya- Afro-Neosoul artiste
R'n'B - Gena West

The crowd was a mixture, proudly Ghanaians, wannabe eccentric lads, elites and those who don’t know where they belong yet. Amongst the crowd were those who didn’t know jack about any of the artiste present but wanted to mix with the crowd, the music fanatics and the “Hi, I know you on face book” friends

"I don't think everyone who didn’t' come to the event didn’t like the kind of music, but I think a greater number of Gh- ians do not.

I saw this dude sleeping as Bibie performed, I could not believe it, my friends luscious and brown sugar thought the guy probably came with a free ticket. I called a friend who was with me at the event only to hear: Aha ye de “in the background, geez! the chap slipped out of the auditorium as Bibie performed.

I cast my mind to my entering when I saw Kubolour at the entrance(burger Kubolo, welcome back ), anytime I see him and his chaps, I wonder, do all those people who follow him appreciate and understand his music ?or they just do so cos he looks cool to follow.

When granted interviews, artiste in gh repeatedly say” I want my music to go Africa and beyond” what is Africa and beyond? I strongly believe that we must learn to appreciate other music genres and in turn others would enjoy ours.

“When the music changes, so does the dance”. African Proverb. We must clean our acts to be accepted worldwide. Has our dance ever changed? From Highlife to Hip life to hip-hop to………… how has our creativity grown as artiste and listeners? I am not a music expert or critic but a lover.

Why do we love music? Is it to wriggle our waist or just dance “ atopa” to it?
It is the rhythm of life, it was at the beginning and will command, direct the course of life till the end .Every bit of our lives has music in there directing us, but have we the ability to be able to hear or sense it or follow its biddings ? (Acknowledgments to Kojo Blebu)

I believe music is a message carrier and one of the best forms of communication, the carrier should not matter whether Ghanaian, Nigerian, French or American. Let the sound of what you love travel with you in time, reminiscing experiences and memories.

As Efya rocked the crowd, I recall spotting Sefa Gohoho of CE and wondering what was going through her head, was this an event loss or gain? A GAIN for sure, as I saw the satisfaction on most faces after Efya’s act, it testified to the fact that starting an empire is as hard as nut. You need to work it …………..,seduce it and indulge it- (borrowed from Eve Ensler- from Vagina Monologues), apply that to Gh-ains

Canoe Entertainment, you tried.

Photos by Guud Kelly

Monday, August 23, 2010

Nothing nu -Eya

Nothing nu (Efya) - Museke African song lyrics | Museke

My favourite ever

Efya -The Lone Star

Friday, August 20, 2010

Nneka - Heartbeat

Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sugar by Akosua Becca

For all the boys i love and would love.

My Latest Obessesion

Lately i have begun to have an obessesion for sneakers particularly KEDS! so i set out to find out more about the brand

About Keds
Keds Snapshot

In 1916, Keds created an American Classic: the first shoe with a soft rubber sole, so comfortable & quiet you could "sneak" up on your boyfriend. This original sneaker, called "the Champion" has remained a style icon for over ninety years. Worn by Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O, and consistently celebrated by Vogue, Elle and Women's Wear Daily, Keds continues to attract fashion designers, stylists and top editors in the industry with their classic, authentic style. Today, a new generation has discovered the Keds brand, which is helping to inspire a collective spirit of new American style, youthful optimism, collaboration and togetherness.

Bertha ft Sarkodie-I am

Wode w'ani asi me so
sɛ me nkoaa na wopɛ eeii
stalking me from six to six
adɛn wonna anaa eeeii
Mmaa bebree na aba wo akwan mu oo
nanso adɛn...adɛn, adɛn ni aa
ɔdɔ yɛwu eeii
ebi true say my heart beats for you
ebi true say i cannot live without you
but boy i wanna know..
ebi true say my heart beats for you
ebi true say i cannot live without you
but boy i wanna know

am i
am i ooo(3x)
am i
the kinda girl you wanna be with(repeat chorus)
oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh(4x)

Verse 2
oh honey
ɛnyɛ wo na wosee me sɛ me ne wo nfe pade
na wosee me sɛ
womma biribia mpo nha me
ɔdɔ kakyerɛ me ɛɛhh(twice)

will you be the one
the one for me
mepɛ sɛ mehu w'adwen me dɔ eeii
and am i the one
the one for you uhuhuuuh
mepɛ sɛ mehu w'adwen me dɔ wiase eeiiii


Rap by Sarkodie
menim sɛ wode wombelieve me
wohu me tesɛ play boy
you don't really trust me
nsɛm aa wotete no pii nyɛ nokorɛ
yɛse mepɛ mmaa
but you know people also like me
me ne wo nam na obi begye autograph
me hoɔ ɛfɛ lyrics from
afei so metwi corolla
obi tumi babeka se ɔde Pamela
ɔpɛ sɛ ɔde me kɔ fie kɔkɔma me formula
but still you are ma number one choice
ɔmo a ɔmo sɛe me ma wo
meaa me boys boys
m'ani tua but i really don't mind
cuz at the end of the day u bi one of a kind
asɛ mede m'ani toto wo sign
dɛn na wopɛ tea anaasɛ wine
ɛhyehyɛ wo bo yi na yɛ fine
firi sɛ dea bɛn wo
suro no na gyae saman
nea mepɛ ne sɛ darling na wagye so high
wo papa ne wo maame meretwɛn ɔmo reply
ɔbidi nni adaagye a yɛdefa second wife
nti ma wo nua Aboagye mmɛgye ne brother knife
to my honeyz on the block y'alll
straight up
ɔbededee pɔn bede
its one time for your mind y'all

Verse 3
tire ni temi
temi ni tire baby
you are mine and i am yours
tire ni temi
temi ni tire baby
we belong together
mepɛ sɛ wosɔ me mu
kɔrɔkrɔ me na gyegye me so
me dɔ wiase bra bra bra bra bra braeeh
mepɛ sɛ wosɔ me mu
krɔkrɔ me na gyegye me so
me dɔ wiase bra bra bra bra eeiii


9ice pete pete ft Asa **Exclusive**

Ojo re bi ana ta gb'ominira 1960,

It seems like yesterday we obtained our independence

1960 N'igba yen t'is easy gege bo se wi ... See more... See more

1960 N'igba yen t'is easy gege bo se wi

1960, then it was easy, as they told us

Ta rugbo, t'omidan lon dunu

Both the Old and maidens were happy

P’a ti d'ominira Omi inira indeed abi,

That we were independent (Here 9ice plays on the Yoruba word ominira – independence omi inira – water of discomfort) indeed, huh?

E wo naira wa ; Ilu polukurumushu

Look at our naira, the nation is (in a disarray – no english word describes the state 9ice believes the nation is)

T'ewe t'agba lon j'eyan won nisu

Both old and young had their pounded yam as just yam ( In yoruba land, pounded yam is a delicacy. Settling for yam rather than pounded yam is a demotion)

Ab’e o ri, ewe e ri, sugbon e o fe wi

Or will you say you do not see it , young ones you do but you don’t want to speak

Ab’e ori, agba e ri, atenuje lofe p'ayin

Or will you say you do not see it , elders you do it is greed that prevents you from doing anything about it

Petepete t'ana ni popa Eni bataba, kolo mofe ni

Whoever this (9ice admits he is castigating many) hits let the person go and blow some wind on it (asking them to suck it up)

Se’be l'ema sun t’eba sope 'omo nkankan

Is it there you’ ll be sleeping (will you fold your arms), and you say you don’t know anything
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Eyin aro lema waa (sebe la maa) Mewa n s’ele

Don’t you realise you are distracted with the cooking , many things are happening ( I believe this refers to a typical party scene in yoruba land where cooks are in a hidden area preparing food for the guests whilst the guests enjoy the event)

O Se’be l'ema sun (se’be lema sun un)

Is it there you ‘ll be sleeping, if you say you don’t know nothing

Eni wo'seju akan o Eyin aro lema waa(mewa nsele

He who waits for the crab to blink, will be there long (missing out on the action as in the cooks above)

Verse 2-ASA

Kini suuru tio l'ere Kini 'seti ko s'ere

What is patience without any profit, what is work with no gain... See more

Won sa l'eyan tio l'oruko

After all there are some people without names (as in they are no known and have no connections or networks to help them succeed)
Okuku sise, ode'n rere e

They are working and getting gain ( I believe this refersto some form of equity available in some other countries where hard work can get you a decent life)

Aah ede s'ope a siwa l'omode

Ah ah and you say we are still young ( I believe this refers to the Minister of information’s answer to one of the questions on Hard Talk (UK) late 2009 where he said the nation was still young and so not surprising we are riddled with problems)

Nkan sa l'eye je k'agbado t'ode

At least chickens fed on something before corn came around

9ice oro gidi l'oso Oro to o ni'lari l'oso

9ice you have spoken good words, words that show you have understanding

To ba di asiko idibo, won a senu jeje

When it nears election, they are very gentle

Won a wa si adugbo won a somo jeje... See more

They come to the neighbourhood, they look like butter would not melt in their mouths

E je ki won wole tan, gbogbo eje ti won je, a wo keshe

Let them assume power, all promises are dumped in a hidden pouch (In yoruba land, there is hidden pouch (keshe) used by traders – virtually inaccessible to anyone except the wearer)

To ba tun se were, lojo idibo wan a tun nu kodo to lo beere

Soon, election day arrives, they will get the youths line up unending

Won a senu mere

They assume a quiet innocent look

Kalokalo gbe nkan mi senu uye (kalo kalo, gbe..)

Slot machine (gambling) swallows something and its mouth is clean (it looks like it has done nothing hurtful)

Jagunlabi tun ti wole, talo dibo fun un

The man has assumed the political post again, who voted him in?

Pasan ta fi na 'yale Onbe lori aja fun un un

The cane used for the first wife is hidden for him (metaphor that he is the second wife)

Odo elo tunramu, Ema je an'pagbon ni funfun fun yin

young people go and re-prepare, (cannot translate this)

Asegbe kan kosi oo Asepamo lowa

There is nothing you can do that you will get away with , You can however hide what you have done... See more

Ase s'ile labo waba

The legacy you have left, will remain forever

Emi oti iku, I have not died

mo s'ile s'ise I can still work

Mo sile f'owo r'ewo I can still hustle (here and there to make ends meet)

Mo sile tule mise iiiii i

I can still put my house in order

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Who am listening to now

Jasmine Sullivan

Jill scott


Alicia Keys

Mr Hudson