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Accra based Nigerian Afrobeat/Afrofusion talent Oliseh Odili AKA Villy and his team of musicians The Xtreme Volumes are in the news again. And for more good reason.

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Two years ago, Villy and his friends-an eclectic mix of Nigerians and Ghanaians released their EVERGREEN work (mark our words), entitled HUMANIMALS.

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Humanimals cover art by https://twitter.com/Aimuan_ra

This daring and fiercely creative work was a love collaboration between some determined and passionate like-minds that resulted to a revolutionary work.

The EP led them straight to the hearts of many (conscious) Africans and people outside the continent, including media outlets like CNN, BBC and in true hero fashion, Villy and The Extreme Volumes put the work out FOR FREE. Incredible.

Listen here https://soundcloud.com/thextremevolumes/sets/humanimals

With the success of Humanimals EP, Villy and the Xtreme Volumes decided to add visuals to their audio-story, it worked out just right and will screen next month at Film Africa Festival where it’s getting its first screening!

We’ll get back to the festival gist. For now, the gaddem movie trailer!-

Humanimals is a 30mins Pidgin English musical film with English translations. In the film, the artists show present pressing issues that are woven around tracks from the Humanimals EP. It is clever.

Villy expressed his main reasons for the project.

“This whole project is created to address issues that challenge my people, the day to day struggle and how I am connected and affected by it is the story I tell through my art. The goal is to be able to share ideas, create and tell our stories by ourselves, we embrace platforms that amplifies our voices, platforms like Film Africa.”

Well said, man.

Humanimals film will premiere at the Film Africa festival on Saturday 10th November at Ritzy, London. It is directed by Ghanaian musician Wanlov, who co-produced with Omonhinmin omonblanks okhiogbe of the band’s management Blanks Creations. Humanimals Film also features band members like guitarist-Johnson Hunton and bassist- Sam Ofori Chiku, with actresses Mallory Cheebs Savisaar and Alyson Paris.

Peep here to know more about the festival.

http://www.filmafrica.org/shorts-2018/humanimals/

villybandPicture from Uncolonized concert 3rd edition by Mutombo Fotombo.

CONNECT WITH VILLY XVOL HERE  https://www.facebook.com/TheXtremeVolumes/

 

Ghanian Poet and visual artist Elikplim Akorli has released his refreshing self published book entitled Purple Harmattan poetry anthology.

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The work comes on the heels of ‘A Heart’s Quest’ his first book which was published in 2013. On August 24th Purple Harmattan poetry anthology book launched at the Museum of Science & Technology in Accra, with captivating performances from Elikplim accompanied by his band of Afro fused musicians. Eli’s father, also present, gave a poetry reading from the book. Sweet.

IMG_3488 (1)Akorli at his book launch, covered in art by Sela Adjei who also did paintings/illustrations in the book. Photo by Desire Clarke.

Purple Harmattan poetry anthology has also been translated into Eʋe, pronounced ‘E-we’. This language is spoken in Ghana, Togo and Benin republic.

(Indigenous) Language is very important to the poet and regarding this he’s said-

“It is my vision that we preserve or add on to what our great forebears have left for us, that future generations may have enough forest of self or identity to refer to; pointing to one great tree, and the many life-forms it has inspired. Let it not be for the generation to come that, other races may point to the Negro as inferior because he has little books written in his own tongue. We know the value of oral traditions, and as much as it has its place in the affairs of the sacred keepings of esoteric knowledge, the written word does have its place too. At least to point one to the direction of many things, amongst them curiosity, the first fruit of knowing.”

We hear you, Eli.

You can listen to the poet here feat Siaka Diarra.

https://soundcloud.com/thegodofpoetry-elikplim/the-god-of-poetry-bubble-from-the-deep-ft-siaka-diarramp3

And check out his upcoming gig if you’re/you’d be in Ghana.

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PEACE.

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