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Liberian singer resident in Accra Ghana, Gloria Johnson AKA Lady Glow has launched the video of her new catchy tune GAYO. It is the first single off her coming album, and features Xali Hali and Wanlov Kubolor.

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GAYO treats the ears to a sweet blend of Ghana highlife with the feel of Soukous and Makossa, inspiring us to twist our waists and let our hair down. It is produced by King dee and mixed by Pidgen music boss, Panji Anoff.

GAYO means Creativity, and here’s wishing Lady Glow and her team many decades of it.

Listen and download the track here-

https://soundcloud.com/user-996722006/lady-glow-gayo-ft-xali-hali-wanlov-the-kubolor

To be in touch with Lady Glow, connect with her on Instagram and Facebook

https://www.instagram.com/lady__glow/

https://www.facebook.com/LadyGlowBlackdotcom/

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AND NOW, AFRIKAJUMP PREMIERES GAYO VIDEO DIRECTED BY WANLOV KUBOLOR IN, 4…3….2…1..

Remember Ghanaian poet and singer Poetra Asantewa? If you don’t, there’s this little refresher course- https://afrikajump.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/7-questions-with-poetra-asantewa/

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Her new work is is curious and asks questions about that inevitable fate we mostly dread- Death. It is titled CORONER. Check it out here-

 

Ghana’s Busua beach in Takoradi is usually a hub for getaways, relaxation, fresh sea food and all the other things that come with being a beach town, until the month of March, when it becomes a musical mecca that attracts people and artists from different parts of Ghana, Africa and the world at large.

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Asabaako festival is the vehicle that unites all these people. Asabaako means One Dance. The festival organizes live music with some of the best musicians and Djs on the planet, display works by visual artists and also contribute to the lives of inhabitants of peaceful Busua by holding workshops that offer training on skills that can help them generate income. There is also the famous jungle party- a real thrill, and (water) sports.

Asabaako is definitely one of the liveliest music festival from Africa. Busua is roughly 4-5 hours by road from Accra, Ghana’s capital but if you ask someone who’s attended, we bet they will tell you how ‘worth it’ the experience is. You can also fly too.

The festival has hosted musicians and artists like FOKN BOIS, Villy and The Extreme Volumes, Okwei Odili, Sewor Okudzeto, Ladyjaywah, Jojo Abott, Wiyaala, Paulina Oduro, to mention a few.

2017’s edition we hear will have Sena Dagadu, M.anifest, Yaa Pono, and many more talented acts. You really don’t want to miss this if you can attend.

We hope to get Kofi Debrah soon on this channel to tell us how he and his friends managed to put this wonderful project together.

Until then, get more info via their website.

http://www.asabaako.com/

Rita Marley from the famous group called I-threes and wife of one of Reggae’s foremost exponent-Bob Marley; recently put up a picture on her Facebook page with the caption ‘Who knows where I was?’

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Our guess is GHANA! where Rita Marley has lived now for well over a decade. We won’t give specifics as we understand the importance of peace and privacy, but here’s wishing Rita more years of calm and creativity.

 

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRitaMarley/

 

Unpredictable rapper from Ghana, Kay-Ara is back with more vim, more energy as they say in the country also known as Gold coast. The video of his recent single THE ACCRA CITY HUSTLE made by Percy Appiah AKA Fotombo and shot in Accra’s colorful and earthy streets is a live and unpretentious interpretation of the song, a great fit to this bossy track wherein Kay-Ara sounds quite mean, to say the truth.

We love it!

Kay-Ara’s tone in this tune is winning more fans to the Neospiritual- to use his terminology, and from his musical history or Rap-sheet if I may say, he deserves this long due acknowledgement.

AFRIKAJUMP hit him up in his Koforidua base to catch some of his current vibes in 7 questions.

Enjoy.

AFRIKAJUMP- Kay-Ara, etis3n?

KAY-ARA: Me hu y3, I’m good, fine.

AFRIKAJUMP- From your social media in the past few years you seemed to be taking time off active music to concentrate on other goals and now you turn up in this hot video to a rude track, lashing people and what not, are you here for good this time and what have you been up to?

KAY-ARA: In 2013, I made the unfortunate decision of quitting music (for good, my thought at that time). And because of that I sort of cut off ties from social media, social circles and Accra in totality. However, in the last quarter of 2015 after suffering a broken heart I had an epiphany to return to this music business. I’ve been writing since 2015, still doing that so I guess I’m back for good. I’ve been recording a lot of songs. In the latter part of 2016 I recorded 30 song in 2 weeks. I also shot three videos the first of which is currently out.

AFRIKAJUMP- Holy smokes. I am sorry for your heart break but happy it brought you back to your senses. Congrats; for the videos too. What inspired THE ACCRA CITY HUSTLE?

KAY-ARA: Necessity. I’ve hated Accra since 2012 because I believe Accra broke my heart. For about 3 years I hated Accra and didn’t want to have anything to do with it. I therefore clung onto Koftown (Koforidua) where I invested most of my time in academic pursuit, politics and entrepreneurship. However, as it was to me, Koforidua lost the lustre for me and I found myself gravitating towards Accra more and more. It’s funny how around the same time I heard Omar Sterling’s Ibiza beat and I decided to write an ode to the city that causes me pain and joy. I decided to accept to be the big fish in the big city and grind till I get it. After recording that song I called Fotombo up so that we shoot in the streets of Accra to inform everybody that I am back.

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AFRIKAJUMP- We are proud of you Kay-Ara; how do you feel about the reception of the project?

KAY-ARA: I’m excited! I mean I knew the kind of emotion I wanted to evoke from my audience and so that’s how we shot the video. And my objective for the video was accomplished. Can you imagine Hammer of the Last Two actually hit me up?! Me??? *screams and swoons*

AFRIKAJUMP- Yes we heard; cool one chale. What has been some of your challenges as an artist in your society?

KAY-ARA: Inadequate finance. Non-acceptance of new ideas with respect to the society, Prejudice and stereotypes. Classism (very serious issue in the music business), Lack of investors for initiatives. Poor mechanisms that do not work in favour of artiste. Pull him down mentality.

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AFRIKAJUMP- I feel you bro. Do you want to share something with us you feel we should know?

KAY-ARA: Tell the kids not to choose this career path. Also, Accra is amazing because of new movements springing out. Koforidua is ripe for investment. I am about to f**k s**t up!

AFRIKAJUMP- Damn, that first line… I can’t say I don’t understand brother. Can you describe your city in one word? Or two.

KAY-ARA: Alive!

Fam, you read the man, he’s back and for good this time. Peep the new track and video below; and show him love by linking to his internet pages. Peace

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/kayunderscoreara/

https://soundcloud.com/kay_ara

Sex is an uncomfortable subject for many Africans; ironic, when you think about the fact that life started in this region of earth, and two; our population. Religion makes the challenge of ‘demystifying’ sex tougher- the more religious the country, the more issues regarding sex and sexuality are swept under the rug or spoken of in whispers.

In traditional African societies girls and boys have coming of age ceremonies and dances-minus genital mutilation, overseen by elders because these older children were advancing into adulthood and knowledge had to be shared to ready them.

In Nigeria for example, many parents have a really hard time talking to their growing children about sexual growth and reproduction, so they leave the task to God first; then teachers who touch on the subject in a mostly surface and textbook-y way, as the psychological needs of the young teenagers stay unmet. This encourages the curious cats among them to seek their own information which are likely to be misleading.

Not all Africans subscribe to this amusing sexual silence though. There are countless stories of sexual rebels so to speak who speak freely about this vital aspect of humanity-the source of all of us. Many of such people own their sexuality and exploit it with willing and adult partners with no care for society’s feelings.

The guy in this video, Apostle Job from Ghana could be said to be one of these even though he is ‘new in the game’.

Job who is clearly against sex before marriage, also owing to his christian faith once led an association of a group of virgins who propagate celibacy until marriage. He recently got married and was interviewed on Accra’s popular radio station JOY F.M where he freely let out information, a bit too much information about his very first time.

Still no words for the interviewer and his invented phrase De-virginized. Awurade.

Go Job; and happy married life.

 

In keeping to one of our major themes of showing the best of Africa, and the rest of the world, we caught up with an artist on the rise, from Ghana’s Eastern Region.

Accra based POETRA ASANTEWA is a strong example of human and artistic metamorphosis. She has come a long way from the shy girl who was hesitant to take the microphone at an event we attended at Nubuke foundation in Ghana almost 7 years ago, to a fully fledged poet; writer; singer and more.

Poetra is evolving into an artist whose endeavors cannot be tamed. Her lyrics are unafraid; unbridled; passionate and yes, explicit – this lady owns her womanhood and sexuality hundred percent, a necessity for the progress of women, and women artists in Africa and elsewhere.

We are also proud of her entrepreneurial spirit. Her fashion label, ALIKOTO Clothing produces authentic and exciting Ghanaian fashion that matches all kinds of personalities and pockets. When Ama Asantewa Diaka isn’t being Poetra; the fashion designer and singer, you can catch her doing geeky tech stuff with computers. AFRIKAJUMP caught up with her to ask about some of her plans in 2017 and her wonderful work, in 7 questions. Enjoy.

AFRIKAJUMP- When did you realize you could make magic with words?

POETRA- I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember; my earliest memory of writing was when I was in class 4 and my classmates gave me empty exercise books to fill it with short stories. I always thought it was ordinary, I never thought my writing was a big deal until I started getting huge feedback after sharing my work on social media. So I guess, that was the moment of self-actualization; that was when I realized I could make magic with words

AFRIKAJUMP- In your piece with Akan, ‘Vote for me’ you were very vocal about corrupt Politicians in your society. In a world where many feel it is safer to keep quiet, why is it important to you to use your art for activism, and in speaking against societal ills?

POETRA- All we have is art, to be very honest.  Art distills, art reveals, art hides in plain sight when needed, art tells the truth. And as an artist I am obliged to be honest with my art, and for my art to be relevant to my community. I cannot imagine creating work that does not directly or indirectly affect my community. There is nothing safe about being silent or turning a blind eye on issues.

 AFRIKAJUMP- What challenges in your work made/make you throw your hands in the air, in a rage? And how do you deal with it?

POETRA- In Ghana, I don’t have the luxury to be just an artist. I have to be artist, promoter, organizer, sponsor, event coordinator – I have to be it all. And it is frustrating having to be all these things in order to get your art out there. But the desire to just create is an urge that never goes away. And that keeps me going.

AFRIKAJUMP- In 2015 you released your first spoken word EP ‘Motherfuckitude’ and it clearly announced you in your home country and beyond. What inspired it?

POETRA- Motherfuckitude is the result of coming from a place of struggle and emotional imbalance. It was a project to override my limitations, insecurities and ineptitude.

AFRIKAJUMP- You are a tech person who designs, edits, floats a fashion label amongst other interests, how has having several skills impacted your work as an artist?

POETRA- Having different skills means that each interest or skill seeps into the other. It means that my attention for detail is seen both in my writing and my designing; it also means that I struggle to juggle all these interests, but the struggle ultimately feeds into inspiration for more art.

AFRIKAJUMP- Any past, present or future project(s) you would like us to know about?

POETRA- Working on releasing a lot of new material this year, and working on my album!

AFRIKAJUMP- Can you try to describe your city in one word? Okay two words max.

POETRA- Lukewarm

 To get lost in the words and voice of this artist check her Soundcloud page. You can get updates, LIKE her Facebook page. ❤

https://www.facebook.com/PoetraAsantewa/