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Album Review: Flame by Rosel Pomaney

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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.

Flame is a 10-track album that Rosel fully uses to announce herself to the Ghanaian music consumer.

Having to sit through this 34-minute album would be one of the best choices you would make if your search s for good music that will soothe your ears.

Starting off with a melodious fusion of Ewe and English backed by wonderful instruments and supreme vocal presence, the chorus for ‘With You’ sticks with you for the entire 3.30minutes of the song.

Fading out to Loving Day after singing about going anywhere with her love, Rosel Pomaney catches you unawares by heavy bass giving you a 1980’s pop feel to it.

This song expresses the songwriter’s desire to be with her lover by “living the day and loving the day with you”.

Not to leave out the revelers, Rosel Pomaney included a carnival song exuding the brilliance of local Ghanaian instruments titled ‘Sing’.

Still lip singing “onana” to the previous song, Rosel continues the love theme of Flame with the groovy ‘Lorlornye’. Appealing and rhythmic, Lorlornye stands outs in its own right as the topmost song on this album.

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Piano and drums on ‘Take Me As I Am’ is given the life with Rosel’s defining vocal performance on this song. With the chorus sang in mostly Ewe, Where Are You matches the topmost solo performances you will ever hear.

Allowing the instruments take the back seat on this to give prominence to Rosel’s voice, her presence on ‘Where Are You’ will leave you repeating it.

The storyline on ‘Don’t Leave Me’(A piece that will be sought after in years to come) will give you memories of French-American singer Celine Dion’s all coming back to me now.

If I love you is all you can say to him/her, track number 8 is yours. ‘All I Can Say’ switches from its low tempo start into a higher tempo midway through the song whilst still keeping your ear glued to it.

Stunning following in 9th is ‘Piece Of My Heart’, a song on which Rosel sings soulfully passionate with backing guitar strings.

The last song on Flame typifies what the whole album is about. The goodbye themed song, ‘The Letter’, is a wonderful piece beautifully bringing attention to the author of this whole album.

Rosel gives a final powerful performance leaving you with nothing but wonderful memories that would let the name of the artiste stick with you for some time, if not all the time.

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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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