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EP Review: Chapter Red by Maayaa

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EP Review: Chapter Red by Maayaa


12 months and more after the release of her first song, Maayaa has released an EP that explores a genre that is still in it’s teething stages in the Ghanaian music industry.

On her Debut Album, Ghanaian RnB/soul singer Maayaa treats love, passion and pain not as a social transaction but a mood.

‘Chapter Red’ is a 7-track project which battles love, self-empowerment, regrets and heartbreaks.

It also defines a new era where Ghanaian local languages are fused into the RnB world, as widely heard in the second song ‘San’ which features rapper Akan.

Akan delivers a rap version of what Maayaa had been crying about on ‘Second Chance’.

On this record, Ice Geezy uses contemporary sounds to explore the positive and meaningful aspects of the singer’s silky-smooth voice.

On the third song off the 7-track project, Maayaa asks for ‘More’ from her lover, in a song which cements and elevates her writing skills with quotable lines “love makes you foolish, promise it’s worth it, maybe it’s not, I’m making sh*t up, I should just give up, but I can’t and I don’t want to”.

Words like these basically breaks down the ups and down and complications that comes with love, a huge risk and sweet poison no one can say no to, thus rounding off a well-crafted song.

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On what’s arguably the best song on the project, ‘Ride’ is a mood which opens with a wedding style piano solo, succeeded by a chunky bassline amid Maayaa’s crooning.

The song is a slow-burner, night-time playlist essential; a type that can be played on a road trip or during a vacation in the tropics with your lover.

Alternative/indie artiste Worlasi produces a youthful verse which explores the lifestyle of the typical youthful Ghanaian when it comes to love, brushing all the negativity aside and exploring all the parts of love with a free will.

‘Ride’ is definitely a ride-or-die anthem.

Music has the ability to empower the listener just as much as it does the artist, and in ‘Perfect’, a mid-tempo reggae like tune, it boasts of its lyrics with self-love and holding oneself in high regard.

The song’s lyrics directly addresses women whiles advicing everyone not to settle for less. The song serves as a confidence booster.

The song can make even the timidest person feel invincible or as impenetrable as titanium.

It’s impossible to not feel galvanized by Maayaa’s impassioned words “you’re more than just a look” in the song which stands out as a self-empowering theme.

One wouldn’t be wrong to say pianists are often the unsung heroes of the music universe.

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‘Ensu’, which directly means don’t cry, is a weepy piano ballade which a lover  assures her lover not to cry when she’s gone and lays down her last words in the .

This “goodbye-themed song” is the perfect way to round of a red chapter filled with happiness, sadness, self-esteem and woes.

By: Edwin Quartey

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Album Review: Bobolebobo By Evangelist I.K Aning

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Hailing from the streets of Kumasi Bokankye in the Ashanti region of Ghana, the ‘Akurugu’ hitmaker made his first major appearance on the Gospel scene with the release of his nationwide hit single, ‘Akurugu’ out doored in 2016 and was the talk of town as at then.

Well, our Evangelist is out again reverberating his voice throughout the nation with another indigenous conscience-pricking VGMA nominated hit song well known as ‘Bobolebobo’ which is apparently the title track of his latest album.

The word ‘Bobolebobo’ is a coinage adopted from the northern language of the Dagombas originally pronounced as ‘Buom’ which directly translates as ‘Bonfire’.

The artiste therefore shortened the ‘Buom’ word to ‘bo’ and included ‘le’ as a lyrically creative skat that would link up the repetitive ‘bobo’.

So, in general, ‘Boboebobo’ simply refers to the Fire that awaits every unrepentant heart at the second coming of Jesus Christ.

This album, which was released later on in 2018, adds up to 5 albums already produced to his credit and consists of 9 songs including Atinka, Wo Kramanba, Patience, Adeakye, Adepa, Gyedi, Bobolebobo, Bobolebobo (Highlife) and One Day! One Day!

Each song carries an evangelistic message of repentance, salvation and the intricacies of daily Christian living, tailored to confront the status quo in these end times.

A careful assessment of each song, except for Adeakye, Adepa, Patience and Gyedi, reveals the much talked about ‘Bobolebobo’ to be a mere introduction to a rather detailed sogul-piercing and lengthy sermon, on the need to eschew all forms of vices, both great and small, and turn on a new leaf so as to make heaven when the master of all creation returns for His final judgement.

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‘Wo Kramanba’ is one of such songs on the album that zooms in into the issue of every individuals’ inevitable sinful weakness.

The song title literally translates into ‘little foxes’ of which the good book admonishes to take heed to, and deal with, before time turns it into a full-grown wild beast that deprives you of entering eternity.

One could barely ignore the humorous yet creative and advisory inculcation of the bark of a puppy while listening to what seems to be a series of well-crafted allegoric lyrics fine-tuned to an upbeat danceable highlife instrumentation that cushions listeners from the intense mental bashing the music exudes to its culprits.

I can’t say the same for the other songs such as Adeakye, Adepa, Patience and Gyedi, which are more geared towards being songs of petition, blessings from God, the virtue of patience and the Christian attribute of faith in God, respectively.

Nevertheless, I must admit that the predominantly Twi lyrics of most of the songs are structured in both fictional and non-fictional story telling patterns that can be easily connected with, understood and assimilated by the everyday Ghanaian.

However, the only contradiction I may have to the entire project in relation to the message of repentance and salvation being extensively preached, is the necessary further admonishing to all listeners about the provision of God’s grace to overcome each vice listed in there….

And Oh, I can completely vouch for a fact that your own vice is enlisted somewhere in there so go get yourself a copy of the entire album and dance away your secret weakness.

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You could call this the gospel version of Sarkodie’s Advice, straight from the mouth of an experienced evangelist to every struggling sinner and saint alike.

Also, one other notable thing about this album is the duration of each song.

The song with the least duration is 5mins 48 secs and that of the lengthiest is 7 mins 21secs, and all 9 songs sum up to give a playback time of 58mins 6secs, which serves as a downside to the standard 4-minute song duration slot, radio stations employ these days.

The cover art of the album is nothing to write home about, comparing it to modern trends of graphic designing, come on, this is the 21st century, but then it must be said for a fact that the artiste tackles issues that most gospel artistes tend to avoid in their songs and he delivers it unapologetically, hitting the nail right on the head.

Aside these, the album has great content and carries a message across than many of the gospel songs out there and on the level of an indigenous production targeted for the local market, I would say it’s fairly a good work done.

So, keep ‘em coming Evangelist and congrats on your nomination for Most Popuar Song of the Year at the 2019 VGMA.

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In a bid to break the seeming hegemony of Afrobeats dominated Ghanaian music industry, Rosel Pomaney’s Flame takes you on a soul filled journey during which you experience all the emotional rollercoasters attached to the one thing that the human cannot control, love. (more…)

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