Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rick Ross Performs Very Early & "Impresses" Fans In Ghana During BMF Tour

Re-Blogged: Original Story  Ghana Web
Rick Ross at Accra Int'l Conference Center: 28.12.2010
The concert that was expected to have an eclectic collection of popular Ghanaian faces and time-tested music of the hip-hop music scene came off with Rick Ross rather performing very early, taking the stage before 8pm.

Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II emerged on stage with his 15 man crew, greeted with the loudest cheers from the crowd.

Fantasy Entertainment is rumored to have paid Rick Ross $170,000. It wouldn't have changed anything if they had announced that Rick Ross was catching an early flight (11:00pm) to South Africa so would perform early just to avoid the angry crowd.

Tickets prices were GHc 75.00 for Regulars, GHc 105.00 for V.I.P and GHc 150.00 for V.V.I.P. … Rick Ross tackled songs from his old albums to the current ones from his platinum-selling album, “Teflon Don” album throughout out the 60mins (45mins actually) he was on stage.

The moment the beat of Blow Money Fast was dropped, the whole auditorium started rapping along 
“I think I'm big meech Larry Hoover//, whipping work, hallelujah, one nation under god real niggas getting money from the f***ing start".

The new Ghanaian rendition of Rick Ross's BMF (Blow Money Fast) goes like 
“I think am big meat, ma chi mu mugu...Ghanaians, Conference Center..... Hallelujah Father Christmas. Performing Very Fast (PVF= BMF). 

The show opened around 6pm with the Skillions Record's J-Town's performance followed by label mate EL dishing out good GH hip-hop music. Kwaw Kesse stayed true to his words and came down from USA purposely for the Rick Ross concert and was right up next after Rick Ross left stage.

Tiffany does her best to kindle the energy of the crowd; a daunting task for the only female act on the bill. She was later joined by Sarkodie (Ghana's Fastest Rapper) to do the remix of "Fake London" track.

Coming from UK and label mate of Sarkodie and Akon, Sway Dcypha's performance on stage was so good that he had the crowd shouting along with him. His fans helped out on party favorites like "F Ur Ex," "Intoxicated” and more. You could feel the bass deep down in your chest and rattling your head around when he took it to the UK level with his 'grimey' songs.

New-Kid-On-The-Block; Trigmatic seemed to be having fun and he shared that joy of performing with the audience, who were on their feet the entire time and sang along with him.MTV Music Awards nominee; D-Black rolled out next on stage with an intro boasting about his 15 music nominations. His performance was accompanied by Dr-Cryme and his young hype boy, Dee-Money.

Tinny "Aletse" was next on stage and delivered a humble and heartfelt acknowledgment to his fans present. During his performance, DJ-Black, the official DJ and MC for the nite signaled him to cut his performance short to which Aletse Tinny wasn't too pleased with. He left the stage "angry" with his fans yearning for more of his music.

Asem took the stage next after a short intermission. Asem’s performance was centered on creating jokes from his new single “2011 Fylla ". Rick Ross come perform early and go”, were some of his new lines. The fine boy rapper clanked out a dozen crowd-pleasing hits that had the house on its feet for most of his time on stage.

There were so many things that will always make Charter House Entertainment the leaders of event organizing in Ghana.
Things that amounted to them were poor publicity, bad security, not willing to release all the 'charged fees' to the local artistes before they mounted the stage and more. Fantasy Entertainment needs to sit down and puts their acts together if they ever bringing an international artistes to Ghana.
Hint: **Nikki Minaj in Ghana in Summer 2011**
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Asamoah Gyan for BBC African Player of the Year.

Ghana Black Star’s World Cup & Sunderland FC’s forward; Asamoah Gyan is nominated alongside four other African players including; Andre 'Dede' Ayew (Olympique de Marseille), Samuel Eto'o (Inter Milan), Yaya Toure (Manchester City) & Didier Drogba (Chelsea FC) for the BBC African Player of the Year award.

Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew, Samuel Eto'o, Yaya Toure & Didier Drogba
My choice and vote goes to Asamoah Gyan.

Asamoah "Baby Jet" Gyan
He was the World Cup’s proudest player, the man who so nearly propelled the Ghana Black Stars to the semifinals of the World Cup as Africa took its place on the global stage.

It wasn't until the World Cup in South Africa that he really made a name for himself. He scored in both of Ghana's opening games, earning the Black Stars 4 points and securing qualification to the last 16, where we faced the Yankees (USA). 

In a tight-to-twist affair; Gyan shattered the American's dreams in extra-time, making Ghana only the third African nation to reach the quarter-finals, along with Cameroon and Senegal. Don't ask me about the missed penalty kick & the "Magical hands of God" from Luiz Suarez.
Now, you understand the main reason why I want him to win the award, right? Do me this favor:

Don’t forget; voting ends on Friday, December 10, 2010. Results will be announced on Friday, December 17, 2010.

Photo Credit: BBC Sports & Getty Images

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ghanaian Spoken-Word Artiste; Percy Mutombo Goes Musical...

Accra-based Spoken-Word Artiste/Poet/Lyricist, Percy Mutombo emerged on the burgeoning alternative art scene in 2006 and hasn’t looked back ever since. He's earned his stripes as a captivating performer over the years and now breaks new grounds by putting his work over instrumentation on his forthcoming album; "PhotoSentences".

Sweet Memories; the first single from the debut album is already making waves for obvious reasons; as a pioneer of such a genre in Ghana. The lyrics are as captivating as the concept behind the album.

Producers and Artistes contributing to the album include Kweku Ananse, M3NSA, Wanlov Da Kubolor, Panji Anoff of Pidgen Music, DJ Juls, Ghana's YouTube Viral; Yaa Pono and Kwam1. “PhotoSentences” will be released in January 2011 by Pidgen Music Entertainment. 

Mutombo’s goal with his soon to-be-released album “PhotoSentences” is to illustrate the visceral power of his words; laced over head nodding beats, to show young Ghanaians that Spoken Word/Poetry is alive and to pave the way for local up & coming poets in search of inspiration. 

Download the Hit Single; Sweet Memories for free HERE

Percy Mutombo has appeared on numerous platforms including “The Mentor Show”, “Face of Legon” and other local/international media outlets including TV3, ViaSat1, DSTV, GTV, Joy FM, HITZ FM etc. Mutombo is also a resident poet at Mi Prime Entertainment’s “Bless The Mic” Open Mic Series and the British Council’s WAPI series. 

 Watch Out for the album; PhotoSentences in Jan, 2011.
Credit: AmeyawDebrah

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