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Ernest Sagoe talks music and soccer

By Oral Ofori Photo courtesy of FIFA #TheAfricanDream recently had the opportunity of talking to Ernest Sagoe, a young musician and soccer fanatic who hails from Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana. Ernest who is affectionately called Ernie moved to the capital city of Ghana in Accra after graduating high school. It was while in Accra that he decided to …

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Gyedu Blay-Ambolley on Simigwado and highlife history

Cover of the new album Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is one of the most original musicians to come out of Ghana, he is noted for being a pioneering highlife musician, songwriter, producer, composer and the inventor of the ‘Simigwa‘ genre. I recently had the opportunity of speaking with the ‘Simigwa‘ inventor about his association with highlife music from Ghana which emerged in the …

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Rocky Dawuni talks Africa politics

Rocky Dawuni and John Legend I first featured Rocky Dawuni on my blog in March of 2012 but prior to that, we’ve had a relationship lasting beyond that timeline and it was in my attempt to check in on him recently that gave birth to this piece where we got to talk about what is new with him and Africa politics. Below is …

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Dr. Dre visits Rocky Dawuni’s Afro Funke’

By Oral Ofori Rocky Dawuni & Dr. Dre In mid January of 2013, famed hip hop superstar Dr. Dre hanged out with Ghanaian reggae sensation Rocky Dawuni at Afro Funke’ in Santa Monica, California. The visit which happened on January 17th of this year was the hip hop superstar’s first visit to Afro Funke’.  Afro Funke’ is the longest running African inspired event …

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Koby Maxwell Celebrates Ghana at 56 with friends in the Diaspora

  As part of plans to celebrate the 56th anniversary of Ghana, Koby Maxwell is hosting a number of Ghanaian and other African artists to join hands in celebrating the beauty and culture of the African entertainment industry. Fellow movie stars, musicians and philanthropist of non-African origin will also be in attendance. The event will be held at Lanham Maryland, USA. …

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iRAP TV strives to become the face of African entertainment in the USA

Nana Yaw Boateng, aka Nana NYC in performance There is a television show on the airwaves of the East Coast of the USA that is gathering momentum among Ghanaians and Africans in the State of New York where it all began. The name of this TV show is iRAP TV, which stands for International Rhythms and Poetry Television. Nana Yaw …

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Hiplife 3:16, The gospel according to Reggie Rockstone

The Genesis Reginald Ossei; also known as Reggie Rockstone, AKA ‘the God-Father of hiplife’, a Ghanaian music genre which is a fusion of authentic Ghanaian lyrics with a mixture of traditional Ghanaian language and Hip Hop instrumentals, believes Ghana music has not done enough justice to HipLife as a genre. To right this wrong, Reggie is about to embark on …

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Mutombo The Poet of Ghana presents Africa’s spoken word to the world

Mutombo The Poet during a recital in Ghana Today my piece will be on Spoken Word; a form of poetry that often uses alliterated prose or verse and occasionally uses metered verse to talk about happenings in a society. This style of poetry is mainly in the first person singular and generally from the poet’s point of view, it is …

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Zambia’s Zone Fam take their brand of African Hip Hop to the world stage

The Republic of Zambia, one of Africa’s landlocked countries in the southern hemisphere of the continent is experiencing a Hip Hop wave in its music industry. Leading this wave is one of the country’s top Hip Hop group known as Zone Fam. In 2009 Zone Fam burst onto the African and Zambian music scene with their first mix tape which …

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