Feature: Review of Okyeame Kwame’s Verse on ‘Yen Ara Asase Ni’ and the Hidden Message

Feature: Review of Okyeame Kwame’s Verse on ‘Yen Ara Asase Ni’ and the Hidden Message

Five years ago, Lynx Entertainment brought together ten of the best musicians to do a rendition of Ephraim Amu’s patriotic song, ‘Yen Ara Asase Ni’.  The initiative which was sponsored by the World Bank, UNDP and ECOWAS was meant to promote peace.

Richie Mensah ganged up with Tinny, Zeal of VVIP, Quabena Maphia, Eazzy, Ayigbe Edem, Zigi, Ambulley, Okyeame Kwame, Jael Wiafe and Efya and sent a strong, passionate message in a musical piece of 5 minutes.

This write-up has had to resist the urge to talk about the impressive deliveries of all the other artistes on this record. We have had to fast-forward the song to reach the point where the Rap Doctor delivered one of the most profound messages of all time.

Veteran Ghanaian rapper Ambulley juggles words in a few sentences in the Fante dialect, as is characteristic of him. He ends with the statement, “It’s all about the peace!” and drops an exclamation. It is incomprehensible but makes a befitting warm-up for Okyeame Kwame, who pauses half a second and comes in with the following:

Phones no adum, stores; yatutum

Police ayi fum, ewiase ayɛ sum

 

Topayɛ paepae , nnipa nyinaa haehae

Ehu ahyɛ akoma mu ma, mmarima nyinaa adane mmaa

 

Wo afa wo ba wo dɔ no, na wo de no asi wuram

Wose modwane atɔ sirem di no akɔtɔ agyam

 

Wo radio no akye BBC: “Ghana is no more!

Mabɔ pitrim afi me dae mu na meretiem, “No war!”

 

It is expected of Richie, the producer to have taken a few layers off the instrumental for the rapper to add up. But he maintains all the constituents intact, nevertheless. So, to keep it at an appreciable weight, Okyeame goes in with a voice soft enough for the same reason. The energy he carries in his voice is light and diminished. It sounds like that which is used to announce bad news.

Imagery

Apparently, the rapper creates a mental picture of horror and terror in the mind of the listener. With the images of disconnected communication networks as meant in “Phones no adum”, the closure of shops; “Stores yatutum” plus the clause ‘Ehu ahye akoma mu ma” (fear fills the heart), an atmosphere of chaos and tension is evoked.

The mention of darkness also symbolizes something close to an apocalypse – like the end of the world.

 

Point of View

 

In this objective point of view, the narrator is a detached observer (in a dream) who does not assume a character’s perspective. He merely reports from the third person point of view and lets the reader supply the meaning. That is how Okyeame Kwame gets away with a national issue as sensitive as this, without sounding like a prophet of doom.

Metaphor

Common in all forms of literature, metaphor is a way of comparing things by stating that one is the same or very similar to another seemingly unrelated object. What is commoner with Okyeame Kwame’s everyday poetry is describing an image or event by comparing what he is describing to another image or event. This is called metaphor, and it gives the reader a fresh, sometimes startling way of imagining what’s going on.

Psychologically, the use of metaphor often expands the way the viewer understands the world around him, as it does in this rap. He illustrates the outcome of disunity on the life of the masses. Unlike other artistes on the song who preach essence of harmony, Okyeame rather preaches about the absence of it in a metaphorical way.

The third stanza has an illustration of the power of love, regardless of the commotion. The character in this statement makes an escape with the child who she dearly cherishes.  And a high-pitched voice of the distressed child is heard  over that of the rapper. It is loud enough to typify the sorrow and extent of suffering. In essence, love is that drive that makes us selfless in trying times like this.

This is where Eazzy’s line, “This is not a peace song, it’s a love song” is emphasized.  It’s beautiful but doesn’t take away the melancholy and the fear that dominates the song.

Rhyme

The rapper’s 20 seconds rendition is stuffed with end rhymes all over the stanzas together with internal rhymes at the beginning. For example, in the last 2 statements…

Wo radio no akye BBC: “Ghana is no more!”.

Mabɔ pitrim afi me dae mu na meretiem, “No war!”

 

There is a repetition of similar sounds in the final syllables, ‘More’ and ‘War’.

Bra Kwame, on this one employs a couplet in the rhyme scheme. A couplet contains two line stanzas with the rhyme scheme that often appears as AA, BB, CC and DD.

Many pieces like this one that follow the AABB pattern are broken into quatrains, which are four line stanzas, where the first and second lines rhyme and the third and fourth lines rhyme.

Hyperbole

In simple terms, hyperbole is an exaggeration or an overstatement. We can mention three things that were exaggerated to represent the situation beyond reality. “Mmarima nyinaa adane mma” means ‘Men have become women’. “Police ayi fum” is translated as ‘The Police have fled’. The purported BBC Radio announcement, “Ghana is no more!” plus these two events are mentioned to represent the instability in a more severe form. I mean, it is rare to find the police run helter-skelter during a fight, unless it is an exaggeration.

Sound Effects

Gunshots, the bomb explosion, the siren blare of the police van, the phone signal transmission sound, the wailing from a tortured victim, the crying child are laid over the rapper’s voice to connote the situation in a more realistic form. It is the work of Richie Mensah’s magical fingers. It’s scary – like a war film. It couldn’t have given a clearer picture than it did. It’s both effective and creative: that is what sound effects are supposed to be. It projects the situation in a way that makes you want to replay.

Morale

The song as a whole upholds unity, tolerance for others, respect and love. It is important for us, as a people to muse on the words of this song and purpose in our heart to keep the nation war-free.

The blocking of communication lines, the closure of shops is a clear analogy for unavailability of basic life amenities when conflicts prevail. Wars have accounted for the incidence of poverty, instability and underdevelopment is several African countries. If there is anything to take a cue from to avert misunderstands, it is the hidden messages planted in this song.

As we head for the 2016 polls, we must eschew all forms of irregularities that could spark conflict. Peace and Ghana are getting married, so let us keep the love strong. This is our own native land. Let’s promise on our honor that we will never fight, because Ghana is a happy place; a joy we should defend. And this should be easy!

 

Author: Patrick Fynn (patrickfynn.com)

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HANGOUT MISTRESS READY TO ROCK WITH MOLLIE

HANGOUT MISTRESS READY TO ROCK WITH MOLLIE

It is about that time when you sit back and experience a fun filled night run by Hangout Master’s latest creation, Hangout Mistress.  

 

Expected to be a great take over by the all ladies team, #Mollie, the maiden event to be produced by Hangout Mistress, is set to happen on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at one of Accra’s finest and plush nightlife venues O2 Lounge and Bar, located behind the Koala Shopping Mall, Osu.

 

#Mollie is explained by organizers as a to-be memorable session with females running the turntables, microphone and dancefloor. The girl powered event is scheduled to host patrons to a good treat throughout the night with DJ Tipsy, nominee at the 2016 Ghana DJ Awards, moving the house with back to back hits from the deck as the official DJ or the event. MzPriscal and Dope Empress are booked to be the MCs for the event.

 

Speaking on the concept driven event, the President of the all-girls crew, Belinda revealed that #Mollie was about identifying or discovering one thing that drove you to be who you are.

 

“Molly” is known popularly as ecstasy. It is a pill said to increase empathy, pleasure, and heightened sensations. “In our opinion, we do not believe anyone needs a pill to live a moment of pleasure that will later be regretted,” said the president.  “There is a #Mollie in everyone and until we make an effort to find it, we will always rely on drugs to shut us out to the world. We do not need drugs to make us have good times,” she added.

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#Mollie personifies that inner instinct that drives you to be yourself and on Saturday, 18th June, 2016, Hangout Mistress is sure to convince the world to believe you do not need assistance to enjoy a good and memorable time. The mistress will rock your night.

 

Taglined Da Mistress Rocks, #Mollie is supported by HotnX GH, Trafdivas, Hiphype Divas, Preshakrew Divaz, GH Classiest Ladies, Divas Crew, Cuties Empire and Aktive Queens.

 

Formed in March 2016, Hangout Mistress is the all-female outfit of one of Ghana’s promising and steady growing event and media houses, Hangout Master.

 

To make enquiries or reservations for #Mollie, call or whatsapp 0502268271 or 0546967235  

 

 

Full List Of Winners For 2016 Ghana Music Awards

Full List Of Winners For 2016 Ghana Music Awards

Rapper E.L was the biggest winner on the night of the awards walking home with five awards including the most prestigious award of VGMAs, Artiste Of The Year.

Below is the full list of winners for 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

Song Writer of the Year – Kofi Kinaata (Susuka)

Gospel Song of the Year – Nicholas Omane Acheampong (Aporsor)

Highlife Song of the Year – Bisa K.Dei (Mansa)

Best Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Stonebwoy (Go Higher)

Hip Hop Song of the Year – Sarkodie (Hand to Mouth)

Hiplife Song of the Year – Yewo Krom (Atom)

Afropop Song of the Year – Mi Naa Bo Po (E.L)

Gospel Artist of the Year – SP Kofi Sarpong

High life Artist of the Year – Bisa K.Dei

Hip Hop/Hiplife Artist of the Year – E.L

Reggae/Dancehall Artist of the Year – Stonebwoy

Best Female Vocalist of the Year – MzVee (Hold Me Now)

Best Male Vocalist of the Year – Pat Thomas (Bra)

Best Rapper of the Year – Sarkodie (Hand to Mouth)

African Artist of the Year – Wizkid

Best Collaboration of the Year – Skolom (VVIP)

Best Group of the Year – VVIP

Music Producer of the Year –  Mi Naa No Bo Po (E.L)

Best Music Video of the Year – Shelele (E.L & Phamous Films)

Record of the Year – Bra (Sarkodie ft Pat Thomas)

Best New Artist of the Year – Kofi Kinaata

Most Popular Song of the Year – Mansa (Bisa K.Dei)

Album of the Year – Breakthrough (Bisa K.Dei)

Artist of the Year – E.L

Peace Song – New Generation Gospel Ministers

Traditional Artist of the year – Tessa Music Group

Sound Engineer of the Year – Kaywa

Instrumentalist of the Year – Justice William

Lifetime Achievement Award – A.B Crentsil (Takes GHC5000 as cash prize)

Best Music For Development – Milla Odartey Lamptey

SKINNED TO PREMIERE AT SILVERBIRD

SKINNED TO PREMIERE AT SILVERBIRD

“Skinned” a movie that seeks to educate, about the effects of skin bleaching, as well as entertain its audience, is set to be premiered at the Silverbird cinemas in the Accra Mall and West Hills Mall on Friday, June 10, 2016.
Directed by LisaRaye McCoy, “Skinned” is a character-driven drama about a young lady, Jolie, whose insecurities about her skin color, misconception about beauty, and search for romance causes her to bleach her skin beyond recognition, the catalyst to a series of health issues she encounters. The docu drama stars Jasmine Burke (Drum Line 2), Brad James (Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse), Ghallywood’s celebrated actor, Van Vicker and a host of other actors and actresses.
“Skinned,” a 1 Hour, 30 minutes long movie, is a Studio 11 films production jointly produced by Dr. Clarice Kulah, Lotten Yeaney, Sharon Tomlinson and Van Vicker.
Tickets for the premiere sell at GHs 30 at the Silverbird Cinemas at the Accra Mall and West Hills Mall.

If it is Global Cinemas,you should be there!

If it is Global Cinemas,you should be there!

global cinema

Some years ago, to watch a movie one will need to follow a trail of movie posters scattered on our walls in order to make his way to a movie rental shop, choose the movie, pay and then send the movie back home to watch. To watch the same movie again you will have to wait for whoever has rented it after you to return it. Every day you don’t return it there’s a fine to pay.

Thank goodness in recent years Cinemas have come to be a part of us. Now you can walk into a cinema and enjoy beautiful movies at your preferred showing time. You don’t have to worry about paying a fine or waiting for people to return movies.

No movie is made just to affect the people in a particular community or environment or even in the confines of a cinema. It is the wish of every producer that any movie they produce has more than just a communal impact but an impact which extends GLOBALLY.

To make this wish a reality Cinemas need to bring you and I these movies.

Now the question is do you want to see a movie or you want a complete experience of the movie. If you want to see just any movie at all you probably haven’t been in town long and this article is for you but if you are reading this and want to feel the complete experience that comes with the best of movies from anywhere on the globe in 2D and 3D then allow me introduce you to GLOBAL CINEMAS, your family and friends entertainment and chilling hangout. Located off the Mallam Kasoa Road at Choice Bust Stop, Weija. People can also organize their parties, wedding receptions, conferences and events of all types.

Over at Global Cinemas stories written on sheets, delivered by immense talents and expressed on screens are served to you in a plush seating cinema with Dolby Digital Surround Sound as you enjoy every bit of the ambience leaving you asking for more by the time the credits begin to roll and the curtains start to close.

It is that smile and satisfaction you walk out of our cinemas with that drives us to bring you more and take your experience up another level. That is why every time you spend at Global Cinemas with family and friends always feels like the first time.

This weekend spend time at the Global Cinemas for the premiere of Amakye and Dede and share an experience watching any of the movies showing. Global Cinemas! Its show time!

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