Many Ghanaians who lost faith in the blacks Stars took to their social media page to dissuade well wishers from supporting the team, as the 32nd edition of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicked start in Egypt.
The team is said to have disappointed supporters in some matches that they had a chance to win trophy for the country.
From various AFCON to World Cup matches, the black Stars’ inability to score penalties, goals and to sail through is believed to have caused the death of some supporters, hence led the die in the wool fans to lose hope in the team.
Against this backdrop Musicians of the country have urged the citizenry to be patriotic and cheer the black stars to victory.
They said although the team had failed the country on several occasions but it would be unfair if people lend their support to other countries, saying “no one can use his left hand to show his father’s home.”
The singers observed that aside entertainment, foot ball was the major art that brought unity and love as well as projecting the nation to the outside world.
They indicated that the black stars were in a battle field and the least the nation could do was to support the team in prayers and in spirit for them to bring home the trophy to glorify the nation.
The AFCON started on June 21 and is expected to end on July 19.
It started with 32 teams with Black Stars in group ‘F’, the team played against Benin, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon to be in the next round of the game.
In the chat, Ghana qualified to round of 16 by topping the group with five points and are to play with the Tunisians today.
Degraftpr.co.uk on Saturday engaged some celebrities, to get their messages and this is what they had to say:
Akwaboah: “I believe they can bring the cup home, so they should. God be with them!”
Kumi Guitar: “ I wish the soldiers, I mean the black stars all the best, I pray they emerge winners of the tournament. Sometimes I fall sick when they lose, although I am not a football fan but all the matches I watch are black stars matches. I will urge our coach to make Asamoah play from now because we should not live any stone unturned if we want to win. I Wish them all the best!”
Ak Songstress: “Good luck to the Black Stars. They should follow tradition and put Tunisia to bed as they have always done.”
Bless: “Actually, I am not a football fan, but I support them fully and urge fellow Ghanaians to lend them the same support to enable our ‘Boys’ to bring back home the trophy which went away 37 years ago. God bless our homeland Ghana!”
Scrip T: “The Stars should do well as they did in the previous matches to win the trophy, we support them and it is our fervent prayer that they don’t return.”
Blaq Aroma: “It was difficult during our first and second match but i had belief in the ‘boys’ that they would sail through to be part of the final teams and I know God will back us up. I urge all Ghanaians to support and continue supporting our stars to bring the cup home because blood is sticker than water, Cheers to Victory!”
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE
My Lives Saving Songs Are My Success And Not Awards – Kofi Kinaata
Multiple award winning rapper and singer who doubles as the President of Team Move, the two – time songwriter of the year, Kofi Kinaata has stated emphatically that he is not perturbed about recent snub by the leading award scheme in Ghana, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards because the greatest achievement for him as a musician is the impact his song makes and not the awards he has won as an artist.
In an interview with one of the leading online portals Degraftpr.co.uk the ‘Adam and Eve’ hitmaker opined that he is just facing a petty managerial challenge and he doesn’t think his career as a musician is on the decline because of his inability not to be nominated talk less of being awarded with plagues.
He stated that “Everybody needs extra support and I am not an exception but if you use awards as a measure of success , then you have lost focus and doesn’t know what you are doing, because music goes beyond awards although it’s important but not the ultimate. We witness a shocking incident at the VGMAs when Total Cheat by Fancy Gadam won most Most Popular song in 2018 ahead of the global hit song One Corner by Patapaa. Will one say Patapaa didn’t do well because of his inability to win the award? So it is wrong to use an award scheme to measure your success as an artiste” Kinaata said.
Kofi Kinaata further revealed the impacts his songs are having on Ghanaians and sighted many examples.
He concluded that “The real award is when someone confesses that your song transformed him and made him rescind his or her decision to commit suicide or any harm. People call me on numerous occasions to tell me how my songs saved their lives; recently, I had similar call when I went for an interview on 3 FM”.
Top 5 Hottest but Struggling Ghanaian Reggae / Dancehall Artists
Ghana music has evolved over the years and the emergence of new genres after highlife and hiplife (Ghana – made hip-hop fused with traditional sounds) has broaden the listeners taste and quest to be emotionally satisfied with great musical contents.
Dancehall music ,spearheaded by Samini, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, is the hottest genre of music after rap music and this has inspired many upcoming artists to venture into this musical discipline in order to be known and accepted in the industry. It is of no doubt that Ghanaian musicians are multitalented with many doubling as music producers, instrumentalists amongst other, however, the grassroots of Ghana music is where much problem lies – they struggle for airplay despite their efforts of breaking the barrier into the mainstream.
Degraftpr.co.uk presents top five hottest dancehall artists in Ghana who are struggling for airplay although some are known but they are struggling to be heard.
Iwan born Abdul Razak Issahaku is one of the pioneers of the reggae/dancehall culture in Ghana. He was very known and sought after within the last decade but currently, the Lyrical Gunshot as he is often called, is struggling to get a mainstream hit songs. He tried beefing Shatta Wale for attention but it backfired and much was not heard from him. He is currently in the studio preparing to release his new album and we hope it catapult him onto the limelight.
2. Eye Judah
Born Bernard Okaiteh, Eye Judah hails from James Town, a suburb of Accra. He was formerly signed onto Burniton Music Records, the label owned by one of Ghana’s leading dancehall artist Stonebwoy. He is a very talented and energetic performer having had many features from fellow artists like DXD, Stonebwoy amongst others but he’s still struggling to be heard. Eye Judah has performed on many stages of top musical concerts across the nation yet his songs are not making the great impact expected from his talent. Many music lovers have been expecting more fire from him and we would be following his work to see his next actions.
He is a very talented and silky voice reggae singer. His lyricism has been likened to many Jamaican artists like Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Vybz Kartel but the talent in him remains hidden due to managerial problems. The former protege of Shatta Wale has been struggling to be on the mainstream despite all efforts put in his music. He is known to be a conscious and root reggae artist and one of the very few musical powerhouses that could catapult Ghanaian music onto the mainstream. His freestyles on Zylofon FM proves his talent but much is yet to be heard from him.
We hope to see him elevating to the top of his musical discipline.
Kahpun is one of the evergreen artists which needs to be heard and it seems music lovers are yet to discover this gold hub of a talent. Undoubtedly, he is one of the most feared upcoming artists, he recently stated emphatically that ” Most top dancehall artists are afraid to be on my song for the fear of comparison. I’ve sent a couple of songs to many artists but all I get from their management is lame excuses” . He hails from the Central region of Ghana, precisely Cape Coast and he has been doing much for himself but having the mainstream exposure is something that has been a canker and to much extend, after being crowned dancehall god of the region, he has been working meticulously to push his brand to be recognised across the nation.
He is the voice behind the classic Reggae song ‘Excuse Me Miss’.
5. AK Songstress
Once a promising star just went hibernation and least is heard from her, she is, undoubtedly, the only hardcore female dancehall artist and one of the craziest female performers in Ghana. Her energy, style and delivery of her catalogues won many hearts to her side but she’s hardly heard of. AK Songstress was a great competition to her fellow male dancehall compatriots to the extend that many music lovers were expecting a head-on battle between her and dancehall artists to prove their dexterity. Unfortunately, she has had her fair share of struggle and her recently released afrobeat song with Sarkodie did not leave any blueprint in the industry. We hope to see much of her works this year.
Ogidi Brown dishes out another classic highlife jam with Kofi Kinaata
Italy based Ghanaian highlife/hiplife musician who doubles as the owner of OGB Music the label under which Fameye is signed, has released another classic highlife jam with multiple award winning songwriter, rapper and singer Kofi Kinaata dubbed Favour Us.
The song produced by Yaw Posky comes with a very great story telling graphical presentation directed by Director Bello highlighting the struggles we encounter in our everyday life. The hunger, poverty and other struggles that inspires our deviancy at a point in a lifetime and further ask for the God’s blessings and favour to help us overcomes life threatening challenges.
The song is a street jam with catchy choruses, very easy to sing along, has been receiving massive rotation across the airwaves and currently one of the newest most viewed song on Youtube.
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