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Time for conscious music – KNii Lante

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | August 8, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Knii-Lante-300x300Ghanaian singer/songwriter KNii Lante is a gifted musician whose music could be described in a diverse number of ways. But no matter the genre of music that he chooses to do, his identity as an African, both in terms of his appearance and the treatment to his rhythms, always shines through as is evident is his new single, ‘Lagos to Vienna’.  The feel-good afro-pop infusion is a colourful celebration of life, and the video depicts how Africans can have fun no matter where they find themselves.

‘Lagos to Vienna’ is taken from his upcoming debut album, ‘Love and Revolution’. The 16-track album is an interesting mix of different genres of music, addressing various issues, with lyrics mainly in English and a couple of songs in Ga as well. Although KNii Lante has been in Ghanaian music industry for years, adding his vocals to several hit songs such as Michael Dwamena’s ‘Ngozi’ and Blakk Rasta’s ‘Barrack Obama’, he is yet to enjoy the same success as a solo act.

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A-Plus’ Letter to the West

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | August 18, 2008 | Leave a Comment

aplus_400x2501.jpgA-Plus is a Ghanaian artist best described as controversial and politically incorrect. He first made a name for himself singing about events leading to and after Ghana’s 2000 general elections. His witty and fairly accurate narration of political issues made his song an immediate hit. He followed up in the same way on the 2004 general elections and continued in a slightly different direction in 2007 when this time he specifically talked about Ghana’s Parliament in his somewhat poignant, ‘Letter to Parliament’. Letter to Parliament won him a nomination for Best Hip-life Song at the 2008 edition of the Ghana Music Awards.

In between his releases, A-Plus has also tried his hand ay stand-up comedy with relative success. He has carved a niche for himself as a politically incorrect artist but in his latest single, ‘A Letter to the West’; he makes a complete u-turn to spit conscious and politically correct lyrics about Africa’s bane of poor leadership. He talks about wars and poverty in Africa resulting from stinking political leadership.

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Stars of the Future Celebrates Ghanaian Music

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | July 9, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Ghana’s search for the next contemporary urban artist took a different turn when the remaining 10 contestants performed sweet Ghanaian music to mark Ghana’s 48th republic day celebrations. And wow, the performances were just refreshing. Personally, the Ghanaian music night has been the best so far and judging by the response of the audience, I am not alone on that assertion.

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