Ground Up’s Kwesi Arthur probably has one of the hottest Hip-Life songs out in Accra right now.
This time he links up with Sarkodie and Medikal to serve up the video for the Grind Day remix.
Check out the Lex MacCarthy directed video below.
Look.. I know this can be debated for hours and hours but I honestly think Sarkodie is the best rapper in Africa (Or at least top 2!). Lyrically he can flow over ANY beat and still sound dope! Now, I know size wise Ghana is small in comparison to some of the bigger countries (i.e Nigeria, South Africa etc) so his immediate fan base may be smaller in comparison to others but the guy is a beast man. Lyrics, flow, work rate he is up there with the best.
Check out the visual for the single Light It Up featuring Jayso and the London’s very own Big Narstie.
The single was produced by Sarks long time collaborator Jayso and the vide was directed by Dego Visionz & Chalky.
Check it out..
Sarkodie is still dropping videos for singles off his latest album Highest. The latest visual is for Far Away featuring Mavin sweetheart Korede Bello. The single was produced by T’Spize and the video was directed by Sesan and shot in London.
Check it out..
Don’t forget that Sarkodie brings The Highest Tour to London later this month. Details Here
Continuing on from last year I think 2017 has been another fairly successful year for Afrobeats commercially. We’ve seen the likes of Davido deliver two massive tracks with If and Fall, Wande Coal ride high off the success of last years Iskaba, Wizkid drop his major label debut (I want to write a post on how I really feel about SFTOS but I’m still in two minds about if I should post or not) release successful single Come Closer with Drake and become the first African artist to sell out the historical Royal Albert Hall. Mr Eazi became part of Apple Music’s Up Next campaign exposing new talent to the Mass Media and performing on The Late Show with James Corden and we received new bodies of work from Juls and Sarkodie to name a few.
With all that being said, the nominations for the MOBO Awards 2017 Best African Act have been announced and the top 10 are:
I think I can agree with this list to some extent. I may have added Olamide, Burna Boy and Shatta Wale to the nominations as recognition however, I can totally understand this final selection. The votes are not open to the public this year and will instead be left to members of the best African Acts committee. The winner will be announced at the MOBO Awards on the 29th November at the First Direct Arena in Leeds U.K.
My personal opinion on this?
If we want to put it down to work rate this year.. I’m knocking it down to Davido, Sarkodie, Tekno, Juls, Maleek Berry & Mr Eazi. If we want to put it down to biggest hit in the past year.. That’s knocked down Wande Coal, Tekno, Maleek Berry, Davido, Mr Eazi and Wizkid. But if it comes down to what I expect to be which is a popularity showdown then it’s between WizKid & Davido. I would personally give it to Davido based on the two biggest Afrobeats tracks he’s released this year.
The thing about a best African act category is that it usually always comes down to who has the bigger fan base however the artist with a bigger fan base may not have had a big impact throughout that year if you get what I mean?. That’s why I always find these one off type of categories within black award shows (MOBOs and BET for example) kind of hazy. There’s no denying that Wizkid is the biggest artist out of the continent of Africa right now and although he has had a very successful year I wouldn’t say singles wise it was stronger than Davidos. I personally wouldn’t say Come Closer was a bigger track than If, Fall, Iskaba or even Tekno’s Yawa (can be debated) however, as an international artist Wiz has a much larger fan base and could be seen as the bigger act overall.
I say all that to ask does this category come down to the act with the bigger fan base or the act that has released the best music over the span of the year? Maybe they should introduce a Best African Single category alongside these Best African Act categories. I think it’s only right that the biggest African single should be recognised as well as the best overall artist you get what I’m saying? Why is it called the Music Of Black Origin Awards if African acts only get one category in the mix?
Anyway, lets all tune in on the 29th of November and see who scoops the prestigious award and also see if any of our acts get the chance to perform this year 🙂
Click Here to see the rest of the Categories and Nominees for this years awards
Lastly, we have two of my personal favourites off the album Your Waist & Baby Mama.
Your Waist sees Sarkodie link up again with hitmakers Flavour and Masterkraft. The last time we saw the trio link up was on the hit Finally and we all know how that one turned out. This time they come together again and guess what? Another big tune! The video was directed once again by Alexx A and was shot I want to say somewhere here in the UK but I could by lying.
On Baby Mama Sarkodie links up with Joey B and producer Ced Solo. The video was directed by David Nicol-Sey and shot on location in Ghana.
Next up we have Overdose & Glory
Overdose was produced by NOVA and features Nigerian rapper Jesse Jagz. The David Nicol-Sey directed video is my personal favourite visual of the six. The colours, the outfits, the face paint! The whole video gives me Chale Wote Street Art vibes and I love it!
Glory features Yung L, was produced by Jayso and directed by IKŌNE Agency. The video features a cameo from Sark’s adorable daughter and was shot on location in Paris (Don’t quote me on this but I saw Disney land and put two and two together lol).
Sarkodie returns with his latest album entitled Highest. The project features 19 tracks with features from the likes of Jesse Jagz, Joey B (Where in the world has he been?), Moelogo, Victoria Kimani and Flavour to name a few. I’m getting right into it now.
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This event will take place at The SSE, London, UK
Confirmed artists – performing on the night include Jidenna, Davidom P-Square, Victoria Kimani, Flavour N’abania, 9ice, Phyno, Tiwa Savage, Olamide and M.I to name a few!
This unforgettable night will be hosted by Africa’s King of R&B, Banky W!
This night is one you won’t want to miss!
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At this point there is no denying that Sarkodie is the king of rap in Ghana and arguably one of the best in Africa. I have yet to see another rapper as consistent as him when it comes to not only releasing music but killing features.
Check out his new video for his latest single Gboza. The single was produced by M.O.G and the video was directed by Prince Dovlo
I’m not actually sure who Vision DJ is (I need to do some digging, is he a producer? Or a DJ/curator?) but he is behind two big songs that I am feeling at the moment. This time he calls up King Promise and Sarkodie for his single Double Trouble. The video was shot on location in Accra Ghana and was directed once again by Lex MacCarthy.
Check it out..