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Album Review: Wizkid – Ayo

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Late last month Wizkid pulled a Beyonce on us and dropped his highly anticipated album Ayo. The album is packed full with 19 singles, 6 of which were previously released leaving us with 12 new singles and 1 official remix (Show You The Money Ft Tyga). After taking 2/3 weeks or so to digest the album here is my official album review.

The album kicks off with 2013 hit Jaiye Jaiye  followed up with the Shizzi produced Show You the Money and most recent single In My Bed produced by South African super producers Uhuru. I must say this was a good choice of album openers as the familiarity puts the listener in a position where they can ease gently into the album and the new music. Next up Mummy Mi is followed by one of my three favourites on the album the Legendury Beatz produced Ojuelegba, the mid-tempo hit based around the name of a Nigerian “Hood” (according to my work colleague) rounds up the first quarter of the album.

Tracks 6 and 7 Kind of Love and On Top Your matter form what I like to call the “Wedding section” of the album. Both singles were produced by Del-B and have that cross over affect which can get not just the youngsters but the parents and grandparents grooving on the dance floor. Next up In Love featuring Seyi Shay is followed by For You featuring Akon and produced by Uhuru. Now I’m not sure if the reason why I like this single in particular is because I am biased to Uhuru produced tracks or if I genuinely like the overall song, one thing is for sure, you will not be able to stop your head from bopping to this one. As if almost needed club hit Dutty Whyne featuring Banky W packs a punch (literally) and sits right in the middle to round up the first half of the album.

Up next is my personal favourite track Ki Lo Fe. Produced by Shizzi, Ki Lo Fe kind of reminds me of the old Funky House tracks that dominated the London club scene between 2008 -2011. There’s something about the single that reminds me of Doneao’s I’m Fly and it just has that bubbling vibe to it (old school terminology) and it makes me very happy, the only downside is that the track is entirely too short wrapping up in 2 minutes and 30 seconds!. The album continues with Omalicha, Bombay featuring Phyno , One Question featuring Yemi Sax and Celebrate. Tyga jumps on the Show You the Money remix which does not come as much of a surprise as the two were spotted together whilst Wiz was over in LA earlier this summer, Tyga held his own even if I do think he was rapping a little too fast for his own good. As the album draws to an end the Maleek Berry produced Murder wraps up my three favourite singles with a perfectly fitting feature from Wale, the album titled single Joy brings the overall album to a close not forgetting the addition of bonus track Caro.

Overall I would say this is a good body of work from Wizkid. Was I expecting a little bit more? Yes. Was I totally disappointed? No. I do feel that it was a little cheeky to have 5 singles we had already heard on the album but I also understand that Wiz has not released a full body of work since the 2011 release of his debut album Superstar so it is understandable. The album does maintain itself throughout and has a great balance of mid to fast tempo tracks which all seem to merge well collectively on the album. The choice of producers were great and there was some diversity in the features and for this reason I would rate the album 4 ½ out of five.

With Wiz supposedly getting in the studio with Ty Dollar sign and Chris Brown and him also saying he has enough material to drop another album sooner rather than later I’m very keen to see what Wiz has to offer in 2015.

Be sure to purchase Wizkid – Ayo over on I-Tunes

Nanz.x

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Reviews: Legends Night @ The Dominion Centre

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Saturday 7th June saw the Ghanaian Legends night take place at The Dominion Centre in Wood Green, London. Performing in London for the first time in ten years the show was headlined by Hi-Life legend Daddy Lumba with supporting acts Kofi Nti and Castro to name a few.

 Originally scheduled to take place at the Enabling Centre Barking the event was moved last minute. At first thought, the Dominion Centre was a good choice of venue due to the size and space which could accommodate the amount of people expected however in the end there were still not enough seats for the amount that turned up which caused minor seating problems leading to several guests having to stand.

 The show kicked off with UK Afrobeat acts Flavour and Kwamz, LDNC and The Classic Dancers who all done a great job getting the younger crowd on their feet. As the concert had a very big Ghanaian age demographic ranging between 18-60 it was great to see the diversity with the opening acts. Kofi Nti gave the crowd exactly what they came for when he went in to tracks like “Odo Nwom” and “Odo Lastic” as a giant hall party feel began to engulf the venue. As Castro hit the stage the show was in high gear as he stormed through many of his hits including “Boneshaker”, “Odo Pa” and current hit “Adonai”. What really flipped the show over was Castro, his dancers and the live band breaking into a moment of live Praise pulling out Ghanaian classics and causing all seating issues to fly out the window as guests remained up on their feet.

 Running surprisingly on time Daddy Lumba graced the stage with his presence right after Castro which worker perfectly as the crowd were already up and filled with energy which was surprising considering the running length of the event. Kicking into gear Daddy Lumba went into his Hi-Life classics including “111666”, “Theresa”, “Aben Wo Ha”, “Anti Atta”“Bribri Gyegye Wu” and the list goes on. As the show continued the audience became a bit too involved and began to wonder on stage leading to the concert becoming some sort of onstage meet and greet session with fans hugging Daddy Lumba and taking pictures mid-performance. This came as a surprise as it should not be happening at a concert and it bought down the quality of Daddy Lumba’s performance as there were always distractions on stage and it looked very messy, on a more positive note the energy and enthusiasm from all the guests in attendance is what kept the night alive.

 In general the necessary fine tuning organisation of the event was not the best, not everyone received an email about the change of venue and if you were not active on social media the move would have certainly flown over your head. Entry into the Dominion Centre was not organised either, there was no particular order or line just a large crowd trying to get into one door which could have led to major safety issues if things did not go according to plan. Also implementing seating arrangements or at least having ushers to locate seats on a first come first seat basis would have led to fewer arguments between guests on the night. The event day organisation should have been much better with tighter onstage security stopping the show from turning into a social gathering

 Overall the Legends Night was a good event. UK based Ghanaian fans got to experience a rare show with a Ghanaian music legend Daddy Lumba and it was also a great platform for upcoming artists to be exposed as there were plenty of people in attendance.

By: Whitney Q

Edited By: Nanz

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The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2014

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The 15th annual Ghana Music Awards took place this past Saturday the 3rd May and saw performances from the likes of Castro The Destroyer, Bisa Kdei, Davido, Sarkodie (Who brought out Mr Tonga, Joey B), Sonnie Badu, Iyanya and Kwabena Kwabena to name a few. The biggest of the night was the noticeably but unsurprisingly absent  Mr Shatta Wale who bagged three awards and Sarkodie who took home four. The show also had a major surprise when Ghanaian tailor and Big Brother Africa star Elikim Kumordzie dropped to one knee and proposed to girlfriend and fellow Big Brother Africa star Pokello Nare in the middle of the Best Collaboration nomination. Even though the show started ridiculously late and seemed to be a little unorganised (Loads of stopping at the start of performances, technical errors and a ridiculous amount of heckling from the crowd) I will say my favourite performances of the night were Iyanya, Castro, Sonnie Badu and Kwabena Kwabena.

I was also pleased at the fact that there was a live stream sponsored by Star Beer for the first time however I hope next year they will get a stream with great quality.. The stream was terrible!

 

Check out the winners from the night..

Artist of the Year
Shatta Wale

Vodafone Song of the Year
Shatta Wale – Dancehall King

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year
Shatta Wale – Dancehall King

Hip-Hop Song of the Year
Sarkodie – Lies ft Lil’ Shaker

Hiplife/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
Sarkodie – Down On One

Rapper of the Year
Sarkodie

Album of the Year
Sarkodie – Sarkology

New Artist of the Year
Joey B

Afropop Song of the Year
Fuse ODG – Million Pound Girl

African Song of the Year
Davido

Songwriter of the Year

Bisa Kdei

Highlife Song of the Year
Castro – Odo Pa

Hiplife Song of the Year
Guru – Boys Abre

Best Group of the Year
R2Bees

Producer of the Year

KillBeatz

Highlife Artist of the Year
Kwabena Kwabena

Best Female Vocal Performance of the Year
Efya

Best Male Vocal Performance of the Year
Sonnie Badu

Gospel Music of the Year
OJ – Maye Se Mo Pen

Gospel Artist of the Year
Sonnie Badu

Best Collaboration of the Year
Kwabena Kwabena ft Samini – Adult Music

Best Video of the Year
Stanley Adjetey – Baby Take Good Care by Knii Lante

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Events: A Night With The Compozers – The Highlights

This night was nothing less than amazing!!

The Compozers put together their first annual show and I can honestly say the young men went far and beyond what the people expected.

The sold out showcase saw the band play a list of classics from different genres including R&B, Hip-Hop, Garage and the peoples favourite Afrobeats!

There are no words to describe the night.. Just watch the highlights video and see for yourself!

To find out when their next show will be taking place be sure to follow them on…

Instagram: @compozers     Twitter:Compozers   Facebook: The Compozers

You do not want to miss out!

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My Top 10 Tracks of 2013

Top 10 2013As we begin to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 I decided to compile a list of My personal  Top Ten Tracks of 2013…

Now.. Before I begin I would like to start by saying I have not been to the clubs as much as I should have to really know what killed the club scene and sent everyone scrambling for the dance floor. However, the few times I have been out, I have heard every song within my Top 10 gain some fantastic feedback.. (Or they have a high count on my ITunes)  So without further ado in no particular order (I can’t list in order of the best because I love them all 😦 )  Here is my list….   

1. Sean Tizzle – Sho Lee

2. Mafikizolo ft Uhuru – Khona

3. Guru – Akayida

4. Maleek Berry ft WizKid – The Matter

5.  Bisa Kdei – Azono Ghost (The only track that did not have an official music video)

6.  Rayce – Jack Sparrow

7. R2Bees ft WizKid  – Slow Down

8. WizKid ft Femi Kuti – Jaiye Jaiye

9. Shatta Wale – Dancehall King

10.  Black Magic – Repete

Honorary Mentions

1. D’Banj ft Fally Ipupa – Nous Les Meilleurs (We the best)I waited for a really good video for this but it never came 😦

2. Itz Tiffany – Neke Neke  – I loved this track but for some reason it just never kicked off.. Damn shame 

3.  Starboy ft L.A.X & Wizkid – Caro – There was no space in my top ten but this song is sill the bees knees!

4. R2Bees – OdoThis song brought back Hi-life music and got all the aunties back on to the dance floor.

5. Ajebutter22 ft Boj – Omo Pastor – Another criminally underrated track.

Do you agree with my top 10? Comment and let me know what your top ten tracks of 2013 would be!

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Mixes: DJ Neptizzle Presents The Ultimate Afrobeats 2013

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Remember when I spoke about recommending mixes? Well here’s the second one!

Guba Award winning DJ Neptizzle brings to you his highly anticipated #UAB13 mix (Trust me, I waited ages) and once again the Original Wofa N did not let us down! Fully loaded with the best from Ghana and Nigeria this mix is one to play whilst your getting ready, in the car, at the gym, at a BBQ heck you can just about play it anywhere! (Besides church, you shouldn’t be playing Afrobeats at church) I’ve been an avid Neptizzle follower for the longest (Heck I think I have every UAB mix and his Youni House mix :/) and I am more than happy to see him get his shine on! This mix will have you moving from start to finish.

Download your copy from: djneptizzle.com  Follow him on Twitter: @DJNeptizzle

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Be sure to tune in to him every Wednesday on Reprezent Radio 107.3FM from 9 to 11PM

Now… How do I learn to eat Jollof Rice with chop sticks?

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Mixes: DJ FiiFii – Destination GH Vol 1

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When people ask me for recent Mix Cds/Tapes there are two trusted sources I recommend off the top of my head. This is one..

UK based DJ FiiFii brings you Volume 1 of his Destination GH series packed full with all the GH hits of the late 2012/early 2013. I won’t talk about what tracks are included, I’ll let the video do that for you…

Download Here 

Follow him on Twitter: @fiifiidj

 

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