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My Lives Saving Songs Are My Success And Not Awards – Kofi Kinaata

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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”.

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Emulate the steps of Shatta Wale, Fans of SM calls on other artistes!

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Die in the wool fans of the self acclaimed dancehall King, Shatta Wale have expressed pleasure by the rate the artiste was constantly receiving international collaborations.

According to them, the ‘I know my level’ hitmaker was assumed by many as a local champion and could only attract local people, stressing that his collaborations have shut critics.

Just after the founder of Shatta Movement (SM) got featured on the American Rhythm and Blues goddess, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter’s Lion King Album, the musician hit another historic feature from a top American hip hop artiste, Mariah Lynn.


Speaking exclusively to degraftpr.co.uk in Accra on Thursday, the fans stated that the dancehall singer promised the year would be a breakthrough year for his brand and it came to pass.

“Shatta Wale said that 2019 is for big things and indeed big things are happening, this collaboration is positive news for the industry,” they said.

Sir Walker indicated that the collaboration was a sign that the industry was being recognised and a little push would fine tune it.

He observed that Nigerians were grooming their artistes well to attract international collaborations and called for Ghanaians to do same.


In order for the country’s artistes to attract foreign collaboration, Akosua Boatemaa stated that key industry players had to put much effort in the selling of the country’s art.

She underscored the need for the country to scrap out shows that sell Nigerian artistes at the expense of the local artistes, adding that they should organise shows that could sell the country’s artistes to attract foreign collaborations and investors.

Akosua Boatemaa expressed joy about the way Shatta wale broke grounds to sell his brand to the international market and urged other artistes to emulate his steps.

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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Epixode organises the maiden “Experience Concert”

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It was a night of bliss, an atmosphere of joy and fun last Saturday at the maiden edition of an entertaining concert held at the Zen Garden in Accra.

Christened “experience concert,” the show which started at 7:00pm tilled dawn was organised by one of the industry’s finest dancehall arts, Epixode and backed by the Gentlemen.


It saw the spear header of the concert sparking the stage with non-stop hour performance which got the venue heated up the entire night.

Music lovers and fans were not only served with refined reggae and dancehall music but were introduced to the soothing tunes from the camp of the award winning prolific rapper and producer Trigmatic, sensational rapper Worlasi and the project fame icon Krissy O.

Speaking to degraftpr.co.uk in an interview, the talented singer disclosed that the show was organised to draw him closer to his fans, for him to consistently produce heart-warming reggae, dancehall and afro pop melodies that would interest them.


He noted that key industrial players were not organising much shows to get the citizenry entertained and promised to tour the country with lots of shows.

Epixode assured to make the concert an annual one to treat the world to loving tunes, introduced them to best known artistes in and across the country as well as providing a platform for young talented artistes to showcase their talent.

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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Epixode calls for change in the country with a new track “wahala Dey.”

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A track that highlights the ills of the country was on Tuesday released by the Reggae/Dancehall prodigy Epixode, to foster change and development.

Dubbed “wahala dey,” it is four minutes-two seconds length and it spells out the need for politicians to imitate the good works of the former president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

Speaking exclusively to degraftpr.co.uk in an interview on Monday in Accra, ahead of the release of the track, the dancehall singer bemoaned that, when Nkrumah declared “Ghana our beloved country is free forever” the citizenry were expecting to break from all the bondages and suffering, yet the plight kept amplifying as the days went by.

He said people wept due to the ‘rot’ and corruption bedeviling the country, stressing that talented individuals did not get needed support and mediums to showcase their talents.

According to him the security were not beefing up efforts in tackling crime issues and securing the society from harm.

That, Epixode noted has increased crime and other illegal activities, hence called on all the citizenry to act right to make the nation a better place for everyone.

He reiterated the need for the individuals to be patriotic and act in a manner that would enhance development in the country.

The track was produced and mixed by Dream Jay with refined guitar sound and bass by Odikro and Steve.

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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