Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Derailed Illusions

Common knowledge in the entertainment industry in Ghana is that consumers do not pay entertainers their due. We do not pay royalties. Radio stations, TV stations, the websites, in fact, almost nobody pays royalties in Ghana.

This means common knowledge number two is that we know our artists and actors are generally relatively broke. Please, do not make an example of one artist or actor who has made it. The catch phrase here is “generally relatively broke.”

This piece has been inspired by a number of factors with the most annoying one being entertainers who overrate themselves. Those who just think that so far as their faces and voices are popular, they have to earn a lot of money, from, say, one musical appearance. I have had a lot of annoyance concerning musicians especially and their so-called managers who demand amounts for shows, irrespective of the audience of the show and the rate and venue. They just feel that so far as they have been called for a show, they have to be paid, say, GHC3,000. The show, whether it is to be staged at the Dome of the Conference Center with all the security apparatus that comes with it and an entrance fee of GHC50 per head or whether it is to be staged on the relatively small compound of a junior or senior high school with no entrance fee at all or whether it is to be staged in a small night club or a university hall with an entrance fee of GHC5, these managers feel their rate should be the same. It gets me to shake my head because, for one thing, even one brand of a manufactured consumable commodity is sold at different prices at different places. Managers, I am bidding you to learn about price discrimination. It will go a long way to project your artist’s image and scope.

The second inspiration stems from artists who simply overrate themselves. I mean, come on, you have two or three albums out, none got a single hit. You have this current album with one song that has a catchy chorus which the public hold on to and you start to think event organizers must pay you amounts which, come to think of it, seems like you sometimes want to cover your entire cost of production from your previous album or two from the pocket of the event organizers. Meanwhile, what will you be doing on stage? Will it not be miming? You will start off by singing some excerpts from some other tracks which the audience will seriously not like, then you will do your popular track, get two girls to wine their waist and leave the stage after eight minutes. Mind you, the cheers you get are usually for the girls who inevitably face the audience with their asses.

The third reason is actually a plea. When an artist is called upon to perform on a platform, aside been paid to entertain, I think it will help them a lot if they start to actually realize that it is probably the most effective way for them to know how well the public really appreciate them and their music and to use those platforms to work on their subsequent acts. Aside that, it is also a way for them to build on their fan base. Stop threatening event organizers with “if you do not pay GHCX amount, my artist will not perform.” Ask questions. Ask for venue, entrance fee, time of program and even other artists on the bill. Go in there and win hearts. Build your fan base. Listen to the cheers but do not let it get to your head and if the boos come through, walk off as quickly as you can.

My friend, Nana Kojo Duah of Oxygen once wrote on facebook that if your badly painted photograph is nowhere visible in the city, then your celebrity status is in your head. Well, there is some truth in there, isn’t it?

As we all appreciate that royalties are not paid in Ghana, relatively, and as we can only hope that MUSIGHA is working feverishly on getting this anomaly corrected, may I suggest again, that these artists and musicians should think of other ways of making money aside demanding annoying payments and getting on stage to mime. If business will affect their creativity, as is usually the case, they should get other persons to run their businesses for them. With their status, getting even one shop somewhere and stocking it with perfume or shoes or clothes and telling the public about it via the social networks will definitely ensure a good source of income for them. Jay Z’s riches is not just from music, is it?

We have had a number of popular persons who have made so much money in one point in time but have been so broke that some have died pitiful shameful deaths with less than a dollar in their name at the time of death. There are others who have had to sell off their possessions and have come out, rather courageously to tell the public that indeed they are broke. With all these forerunners of riches to rags performers, the younger ones now should take cue and realize that the truth is –entertainment alone in Ghana can ruin you. Mind you, there is the pressure of the public expecting you to appear in good clothes, cars and what have you. Meanwhile, this same public is not paying you your due.

People, come on. . . this truth is common sense. You will go broke if you should depend on arts alone in Ghana. It will kill you. When you are able to make some money from your one moment hit singles, save, invest, and make more money.

Unfortunately for you, your trade has barriers. As you age, you will be called upon less and less for performances. You need to plan for your future. Above all, the public will never forgive you if you mess up.

Reason folks. Knowledge is easy to acquire now. Do not be fooled by the plenty coins you are making today. They can wither!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Decisions. Maturity. New Venture - Kwaku David Photography

Ace photographers Steve Ababio, Nana Asihene and Emmanuel Bobbie helped him believe in himself. Ababio taught David Sakyi about making considerable business out of photography. As he already had a camera, a gift given him by his brother-in-law, Steve advised him to start his career with five free weddings. Reasons were that he could use those to learn faster and no one could hold him responsible, should there be a loss of data. He shot his first wedding on 31st January2009 in Tamale. His first wedding in Accra was on 11thSeptember 2010. Nana Asihene taught him about flair and creativity and capturing moments while Emmanuel Bobbie taught him about lighting, the essence of all photography.

David Sakyi stumbled into photography. He was given a camera as a gift. He was not so enthused about it but as his then pregnant wife was about to deliver, he decided to learn more about the camera so he could use it to document his baby’s growth by way of photographs. From using the camera at home and outdoors, he started shooting church activities and later got advised by a Reverend Minister friend to take photography seriously. Now, the brain behind Kwaku David Photography is one of strength, determination and a basic believe that anyone can do anything they set their mind to.

David Sakyi could not get into the medical schools of both University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. After his training as a Biochemist, he went into missionary work and was transported to Nairobi, Kenya, to start a branch of the Lighthouse Chapel International in 2002. Later in 2008, in a search for a new career direction, he decided to start his own business, doing CD labeling and businesses related to video production here in Ghana.

While still searching, David had a chat with a friend who had started a consultancy after having been in a similar situation. David wanted to become a motivational speaker but lacked one thing; a wealth of personal examples. This friend, a Reverend Minister, suggested that he focus on photography as he had started taking shots in the church. Very disappointed at the suggestion, it was on his drive back home that it hit him that his good friend, Steve Ababio was into full time photography and was doing exceptionally well. He thus conditioned his mind to get as much help as he could to enable him start on his own.

Born in August 1973, David attended the Ridge Church School. Just before his Common Entrance examination, his father’s job relocated him to Malawi. The family went together and young David stayed there from age twelve till twenty. He returned to Ghana in 1993 but could not gain admission into the Medical school of the University of Ghana, Legon. He stayed out for a year, did a diploma course in management of information systems at the time and applied again to the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology Medical School the following year. He still could not get it and was offered Biochemistry which he pursued. He graduated in 2001 and is a Spartan (a member of the Independence Hall of KNUST).

David also free-lances with the media department of the Lighthouse Chapel International from time to time and holds two words of counsel he got from the Right Reverend Dag Heward-Mills close to his heart. He was tutored on the principle of emulation which equipped him to copy from those who were ahead of him in his chosen field and be sure to copy well as that was the only way any person coming from behind could catch-up and possibly overtake the forerunners. The second advice was for him to learn to break protocol in formal settings, so he could be able to take certain shots fast enough before anyone could come and walk him off the restricted area.

Currently, Kwaku David Photography is one of the growing benchmark photography professionals in Ghana. He sees the entire world as his studio and takes shots anywhere he finds interesting enough. He can be reached on +233-266-609474.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Upon real time pressure from my friend, Jay “Crab” Gyebi, and an invitation from Nana Hemaa, the Director, I made my way to one of the Silverbird cinema halls at the Accra Mall on Monday evening. The occasion was the official launch of the new exciting and captivating television series, Meet The Girls, which is scheduled to start showing on ETV this Thursday, 11th August at 9.30pm and a repeat on Sundays at 12noon.

The show is basically about four friends, each with a unique character and their own drama who live together. Once in a while they get guests either at home or at different locations. They meet these guests, or rather, these guests meet them and they get chatty with them. The conversation flows and the guest may not even realise that it can pass for an interview. These girls are Nana Ayesua Tham, the mother figure who loves to cook and yes, she is confident of her delicious sexy self and does not agree with Lisa, the Diva figure amongst them that being bigger does not exude sexiness. Alisa Sowah, the diva, is the self conscious always-have-to-look-good madam who spends hours in the bathroom, obviously polishing up. She cannot do without make-up and even though yesterday’s screening had Stephanie Benson as their guest, obviously the diva diva amongst them, Lisa still prepped up enough to match up.

Now to Jay Gyebi, that annoying friend of mine! Forgive me if I sound negatively biased but yes, Jay is annoying. In the series, she is the zealous executive who obviously has her nose tied down in work. Refreshingly, she is the idea developer of the show. At the launch, she was posing shy, but I know better!!!. Then we have the seemingly fun to have around, you-cant-hate-you-cant-love Pinnock Frost Asiedu. By size she is the smallest, and by character, I will say she is the baby amongst them.

Stephanie Benson, the Ghanaian international singing sensation was the guest. She agreed to meet the girls on condition that they will go jogging first before settling to have a chat. After she commanded the jogging session, she sat to have breakfast with the girls. The conversation started amongst all five of them. obviously not scripted, the conversation veered from her personal self, upbringing, her marriage at twenty years, her faithfulness to her husband, her five pregnancies with her still unbelievable body, her chocolate factory in London, her mine in the Ashanti Region, her very hot first son, and her last baby who she says is a good kisser!

Obviously a lot of fun to chat with, Stephanie let go, said what she felt like saying, talked admiringly about her husband and adoringly about her kids. They spoke about food, being healthy and loving yourself. I would say Stephanie made the girls’ work easier because she gave out a lot of information. She held a conversation with the girls, not an interview.

It is my hope that when they get a boring guest, they will be able to manoeuvre around the person and still be able to bring entertainment to bear.

Stephanie Benson was at the launch herself, and so was Okyeame Kwame who admonished the producers for not crediting Richie, whose beat they used throughout the show.

Let’s hold on, relax, and prepare feverishly to meet the girls.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Shabo Crew Sings - It Is Love

The saxophone starts the record, then a symphony of other instruments, a rhythmic danceable tune is heard, then comes the lead singer with his powerful definite professing of his want for his love and then the nodding and mild movement of parts of the body which cannot be hidden from this moment on.

Musically, I fall in and in of love so much that I think I am most probably the world’s best flirt when it comes to music. Hi life, that is my main love. But any other genre that gives a soothing relaxation and especially one that all the words can be heard is my kind of music as well.

My new love, “Eye Odo”, which literally translates as “It Is Love” is the very first single by the Shabo Crew. This band has been in existence for a little over four years and have backed and shared stages with as many Ghanaian acts who have done live performances as possible. They were also the resident band of the Stars Of The Future reality show seasons one to four. Am stating all these so that, well, maybe you remember a number of beautiful well orchestrated live performances but as it happens a lot of the time, the band that provided the groove is sort of forgotten as soon as the gig is over. The front liners take all the credit most of the time.

Eye Odo tells of how a man, undeniably the lead singer wants to love his partner. He so wants her to be a part of his life. It seems he has been pestering the woman who has apparently not accepted him yet. Their meeting was by chance, in a club. With all the vibes in the world, it is as if he is re-emphasizing the love he will show this woman once she accepts to be a part of his life. This man is smitten. He is in love. Oh love is a beautiful thing, obviously. He cannot do without this woman. Some say partners are necessary devils. I say get the right one and that will be your necessary blessing!

“Baby I can make you change your mind to love me like you do others, cos I cant live without love, your love is my life come give it to me baby, it is love. . .I wanna know you, I wanna love you, show you respect yeah, I need your loving, show me your loving, open your heart girl. . .” Lines of some of the lyrics in the record. Now who is thinking love is sour?

With well composed lyrics, good story telling and a generally good flow, this record is enough to push the Shabo Crew into the minds of people as not just a good band, but good composers as well. The beat is danceable, so much that I bet anyone who hears this will inevitably find themselves moving slightly to it. It has this punch I cannot pin point. The kind of punch that makes your brain recollect and keep singing a line or two in retrospect.

The lyrics and beat composition was done by the members of the Shabo Crew with inputs from each person. The sax begins, goes off at some points, comes in again at points when it will surely catch your attention and later signs off the record.

You can contact the Shabo Crew via or on 0264461955. They do play for private functions as well. For now, however, love rules. It Is Love!!!

Eye Odo can be downloaded via

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Name Is Romanus; R for Romanus, O for Omanus. . .

The advertisements run wild on radio and facebook. The poster was a popular one on the social network site. I listened to an excerpt of the play on Joy 99.7FM on Friday, July 22nd 2010 and that was enough to get me to go watch them. The line that did it for me was the spelling of Romanus, the name of one of the characters in the production. The spelling was, R for Romanus, O for Omanus, M for Manus, A for Anus, N for Nus, U for Us and S for s!

The energy with which he spelt the name was all too hilarious.
So I made my way to the National Theater today, July 23rd 2010 to watch the 4pm showing of the drama. The second showing will be at 8pm tonight and the next showings will be tomorrow, Sunday July 24th 2010 at 4pm and 8pm. The Producers are the same ones who produced Romantic Nonsense and You May Kiss The Corpse.

High voltage comedy. Hilarity at a high. Beautiful replicas in a comedic way. Beautiful directing and a brilliant storyline that ensured that daily happenings were pointed out to us in an amusing way.

The drama started off in the auditorium of the Virgin Church, where the Pastor, a very shady character believed that it was his power and doing that had healed a lot of people. He was so anointed that he knew the situations of his congregation yet he preferred that they told him their problems themselves. For not being able to heal an impotent man, he declared that he came to heal the sick and not to raise the dead.

The next scene introduced us to the home of Professor Chibere, his wife and daughter, Shaniqua. This Professor makes too much qualms about every little pesewa and cedi. He gave a warning to his wife and daughter that they can bath twice daily but they should use soap on only one occasion!

Next, we were introduced to the classroom setting, Professor Chibere's class. The new Professor was meeting his new class for the first time. On the same day, he asked them to make presentations of an assignment their former Lecturer had asked them to do. One was about the incessant use of pidgin language on our campuses now in relation to a future year by which pidgin would have been banned from campuses. This means that students would not really talk to each other. This touched heavily on the fact that the dependence on pidgin is so much that if the students are asked not to use it again, grammatically correct English will be burdensome, hence the silence.

While in class, Professor Chibere’s daughter came to him for money. The class, all guys, started admiring her. It was Romanus’ turn to make his presentation and he asked permission from the Professor to use his daughter. He gave the weather forcast with the girls’s body. Her hair and head represented Northern Ghana, her chest(breast) was some hilly areas and her lower abdomen and thigh areas represented the Forest areas. One of them also teased girls who wear wigs and end up hitting their heads in a bid to stop an itch. Imagine if the girls happen to wear wigs on every part of their bodies with hair!!!

Did you know that a woman who sings in a bar is called a barrister and one who sells kube(coconut) is an incubator?

All who made this production possible deserve a lot of kudos.

No Rizzla No Ganja But We Roll!

Metaphorical! I got an education upon hearing Ayigbe Edem’s new single. He says “no rizzla no ganja me and my girl we still rolling.” I did not understand what he meant so I asked and the education is, rizzla is the white paper which is used to roll wee and ganja is another name for wee. This line is metaphorical in the sense that rizzla is used to roll wee. He and his girl do not have any yet they are still rolling.

I chanced on a link on twitter and facebook both talking about Ayigbe Edem’s new single titled Anything. I checked and downloaded, listened and eureka!!! Edem had produced yet another beautiful track.

Starting with a beat that seems to have Asian and Oriental influences, this track is set in the RnB genre, very different from Edem’s trademark hiphop tunes. The beat is very relaxed and it has this drumbeats that adds up to its awesomeness. The chorus is soothing as well. Very romantic and was produced by Papu, a Congolese artist.

‘Anything” has Edem singing to his woman and basically telling her that he will do anything she needs and anything she wants.

This time around, I got the opportunity to talk to Edem himself and ask him if this record was another single from his upcoming long awaited album. He answered in the negative and explained that it was supposed to be on the album but for a reason, it was dropped. Apparently, while it was still under production, it got leaked onto the internet somehow. Him and his management traced the leakage and asked that it be withdrawn from online. It must have been downloaded by persons just when it was loaded because this same record appeared on a site very different from the site it was leaked on.

Fortunately, his friends and followers on facebook and twitter started appreciating the record so he decided to let it go. It is not one of the official singles on his second album and that makes me wonder in awe. If this beautiful record did not make it to the selected songs for the album, and the first two official singles, “too much” and ‘the legacy” are this good, then we have a hotter package than we must be anticipating. Edem, we patiently await your full second album.

Listen and download "Anything" via

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This Is "The Legacy"

Maybe I need to take an Ewe language course. Even pidgin Ewe will be comforting for me at this stage. I need the lesson because Ayigbe Edem’s music keeps making me go to others for explanation.

The first time, I had to book my neighbor for an explanation of his “Too Much” single. This time around, I pinned my friend, Mina down to listen and interpret “The Legacy”, his second single off his Mass Production Album. It features the sensational Ga rapper whose physique and name are in common, Tinny, the Aletse Kankpe man.

Listening intently, Mina took me through the meanings of what the record says. In summary, Edem and Tinny have orchestrated this beautiful piece at their enemies. They have warnings for those who keep thinking that they are joking with what they do. They just do not realize or rather fail to admit that what they do is actually the real deal.

Like a typical Hammer Last Two beat, it starts with a few instruments and graduates steadily to a symphony of instruments with a bit of talks before the actual rapping begins. My favorite line here is “parental guidance. This is an adult picture. Listen responsibly.” Tinny starts off with a strong one word intro, Edem comes through with a line, there is a seeming conversation between the two and then a feel of aggression as Edem launches into his rap. Tinny’s rap has a more relaxed feel.
Edem sings as well on this record and manages to conquer the aggression felt in his rap. Some people said Becca made the Ga language sound so romantic with her “Daa ke Daa” record. Ayigbe Edem sings in Ewe and does it for me on this record.

The accompanying video does well by portraying the story in the music. Samad Davis od Davis Media Group, the Film Director responsible for the directing of the American movie, Three Can Play That Game fused his movie techniques and the meaning of the record well enough. It has a movie feel.

I have said before that good music surpasses language understanding. Edem is a good artist, emcee and a great story teller but above all, he is a good musician, brilliant composer and yes, an authentic rapper.

I need Ewe lessons. Seriously. Someone please inform Ayigbe Edem for me. I want him for my private tuition. Am ready. Where is my teacher???

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Little Things That You Do - Efya

. . .When you say “cook the food let me wash the bowls, . . .come here baby let me touch your toes, . . .makes me love you more. . .When you suggest “wash the clothes let me clean the house.”. . . makes me wanna be a star. . . It’s the little things that you do that makes me love you more. . .

Truly it is the little things. Over and over again I have heard men complain about the complexities of women, their wish to understand our intricacies and wants especially in love situations. Men, Efya is telling you all there is for you to know and do. It should not be hard to please a woman. It is in the little things that you do. . .

. . . When you forget yourself and you pick your nose, . . .get drunk fall asleep in your clothes. . .makes me love you more. . . When you do something really gross like the way you fart when am really close, . . it’s the little things that you do that makes me love you more. . .

The track is set in a slow tempo instrumentation with Efya’s voice coming out strong and clear. “Little Things” is a single that has been released off her yet to be released album. The second runner up of the first edition of the Stars of the Future reality show can sing. She can sing. Efya sings!!!

. . . Love shouldn’t be so complicated. You’re the best man I ever dated. It’s the way you do the things you do that makes you you. I love you, love you more . . .oh yeeeeeeeeeeee

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The New Face Of Morning Radio - Lexis Alejandro Bill

Alejandro, his middle name as far as the show is concerned, Lexis Bill is the host of the morning show, Daybreak Hitz on Accra based Hitz 103.7FM.

With a deep baritone voice, Lexis Bill comes across as a very intelligent and sassy presenter. How he manages to tie incidents and happenings to his program is evident of his intelligence. His Facebook updates especially during his show are what caught my attention. Listening to him and actually paying attention made me fall in love with his style of presentation and again with his intelligence.

Named Louis Sakyiamah at birth, he got the name Lexis Bill by coincidence. It was merely a nickname his mates referred him with. It does not have any particular meaning and the Alejandro is his adopted name. Its origins, as far as Lexis Bill is concerned is from Lady Gaga’s song of the same title. Anytime I see his name (Sakyiamah Louis) on Facebook, it reminds me of WAEC, the West African Examinations Council. Why? Because just like most examinations, you write a WAEC exam with your surname first. (Personally, I feel people who write their surnames first simply love academic examinations and must have written a lot of them)

The Legon PRESECAN went to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for his undergraduate studies. He holds a degree in Social Sciences, with a major in Human Resource Management. While at Tech, he was a presenter at the campus based Focus Fm where he won the Best Presenter Award one time. This was his very first stint with radio. He later got employed by Kapital Radio. Realizing his love affair with radio might be more than just a flirt, he undertook a radio programming course with Blacksoft Developers Ghana. Upon completion and a few more months with Kapital Radio, he got employed by another Garden City based radio station, Radio Xtacy as the Programs Manager, doubling as a presenter as well. He has no family in Kumasi.
Currently a part of the Multimedia Group on the Hitz FM franchise, the self admitted shy presenter is gradually gaining a lot of popularity in the capital. His show is basically a musical program which promises and is actually different from the mainly political radio we unfortunately have here. There are different segments on the show with the “Let’s Get Talking” segment discussing varied issues with listener participation through phone calls, texts and Facebook. As part of his job, he does emceeing for some of the station’s outdoor events. He emcees on other platforms as well.

His Programs Manager, Ahuma Bosco Ocansey sees Lexis Bill as still opening up to his potential and believes he has a very bright future ahead. He describes him as being obedient and loves his openness to criticisms.

Anyone interested in gyms and body building as well as basketball can get a partner in Lexis Alejandro Bill.

Catch him on Hitz Fm on the 103.7 dial, Mondays to Fridays from 6am to 10am. If he makes you laugh and you happen to call or send him a message on Facebook, just say “wa blasti” or “Lexis you blast”. . .that will be your automatic acceptance into his ever growing fan base.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Am In Love With You. . .Now

Is it not a usual case of persons not exactly appreciating the worth of their partners, playing with their emotions and love and downplaying their intelligence for whatever reasons until they are found out and left with a hanging relationship before they begin to appreciate their partners?

I heard this record and fell madly in love with it. Even at that time, the words had not sunk into me yet. The rhythm and harmony of the beat, the singing voice of Efya and the on-point rap of Sarkodie got me reeling. Paying more attention, it gave me enough inspiration to write this.

So as the story unfolds, Sarkodie has obviously wronged Miss-Lovely-Singing-Sensation Efya. Annoyingly, he has realized his mistakes but the dude has not apologized. He has not said “sorry” yet and well, female as she is with all our sentiments on display, she really loves her man, still, but she is adamant because the magic word has not come in yet. Oh men! You make promises and fail, you disappoint, we stick, we stay, you wrong us, we smile but hey, we all have our peak and even at that peak, sorry sometimes can solve it all but should I attribute it to ego??? When it happens like this, we sometimes love you still, honestly, but your adamant stance gives us the strength to walk. We miss you. Oh yes we do but sometimes we just do not want to be the ones to feed your egos. If you are wrong and we keep swallowing, it is usually because we love you and are in love with you still and miss you but when it seems like a deliberate attempt to mock our intelligence, then so long misters!

Ghana’s fastest rapper, Sarkodie comes out on an unusually slow tempo on this track. All his words are heard. His regrets are well registered and Efya, Sarkodie loves you, at least he convinces me as such. He sounds to me like he went borrowing love “raps” from Kojo Antwi the Maestro. After broken promises and obvious downplaying, he is now making entirely new promises to Efya.

At one point, he says he will choose his words carefully and edit them because he does not want to get Efya angrier enough to want to shoot him. Apparently, he moved on after the breakup but could not find anyone like Efya and well, he is now promising on his life that he will not disappoint her again.

Sarkodie hit a jackpot on his return with his pleas. His luck is Efya is still in love with him. Awwww nice! He has Providence on his side. Oh but typical woman and of women, of course Efya threw some of his misgivings to his face. She mentions the broken promises, the lies, him ripping her heart out and stamping on it. Trust women to emphasize on the “no sorry” part.

At the end of it all, Sarkodie gets lucky because Efya’s love still remained and he is still the only one who can make Efya say “I love you baby, want you baby, the only one who can make me say I . . .”

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Write Write On My Wall. . .

. . . If it’s deep, inbox of course. How about Skype and making use of any other available social media platform to propel our love? Oh follow me so I follow you on Twitter!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nana Kofi Asihene - Simple Sophistication

With a rather simple and unassuming demeanor, the creativity of Nana Kofi Asihene of NKACC is seriously different from his conduct. The photographer, graphic designer, videographer, wedding gown designer and event planner of a bundle is one of the persons I have been wanting to write about.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Oh I love highlife – any type of highlife from the ones sung at the palm wine sellers’ joint to the ones with single instruments to the more complex ones of burgher highlife and the present day contemporary highlife, any goes for me. I love highlife to my very core. I had a heavy dose of highlife music while watching the first part of Shirley’s new ten part creation of a movie series – Adam’s Apples.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Assassins love to kill, by any means and ways possible either for their financial reward or revenge while those who order them might do so for political reasons. Last year, I got myself shot by none other than the renowned “assassin”, Steven Adusei.

Friday, April 22, 2011


Somewhere late last year, I chanced on a new single by Edem, usually called Ayigbe Edem, the local Hip-hop artist who plies his trade in the Ewe language. I could not pay much attention to it because I happened to be on public trotro but I did hear snippets of the song. What struck me firsthand was the danceable beat I inadvertently began to nod my head to.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

GMA, . . .Noise and Nominations

People ask if the Ghana Music Awards and its nominations will ever have a discourse free year as it is evident that for the past years, every nominations list is met with a number of criticisms and surprises. As a human institution, these will always arise, however, the rate at which such discourse arises will determine whether we need to change to move forward.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ghanaian Movies And Trailers

My kind of movies is the comedy, drama, usually black-cast American films. My reasons for liking them, well I cannot pinpoint. One thing I love about the American and European movies is the fact that when a movie is advertised, the little part they show you is enough to get you to understand the movie, get interested in it and at the same time, not giving you the full story. They show you just enough for you to think you really have to watch that movie.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you long and wish for the love you once had from someone but this person is just not available anymore?
Have you wronged your loved one and later realized how bad you treated the partner, except that at the time of your regret, your partner had taken the lead and walked on?