Kojo Antwi invites Asantehene to father’s funeral
Music Maestro Kojo Antwi was at the Manhyia Palace to invite the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to the funeral of his late father.
Kojo Antwi was accompanied by some family members to break the news of his father’s demise and also invite the overlord of the Ashanti Kingdom to the funeral.
The late father of the Maestro passed away on Monday, January 2 at age 104.
The 40-day remembrance will be held at the Police Training School at Tesano in Accra on Saturday, February 11, 2023.
Sharing the visit to Manhyia on his social media handles, the veteran musician said he felt comforted by the warm reception by Otumfuo and his chiefs.
“The comfort of the leader is the comfort of the people. We are grateful to Your Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene and the diligent chiefs and elders in your service at Manhyia Palace.
“We are grateful for your stately audience and heartfelt words of comfort.
“As one kind elder at court whispered to me: Proverbs 22:29, Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will stand before kings;
“I am humbled.
“Asantehene, wo nkwa so.
“Asanteman ne Ghanaman nyinara, y3nkwa so.
Kumerica is more than a sound – MC Portfolio says the movement is not dead
MC Portfolio, a key member of the Kumerica Movement, explained to Caleb Ni Boye of Showbiz 927 that the quietened noise around the Kumasi- based entertainment industry is because the artists are trying other sounds apart from the Asakaa. But the movement itself is more than the music.
MC Portfolio stated there is this misconception because people attached the Kumerica Movement to the Asaaka sounds. And as music from Kumasi evolves, it has created an impression that it has disintegrated.
“As a matter of fact, if you will be honest enough, go to the digital stores that really matter, and you will know that Kumerica music is peaking.” He continued, “It’s the number-one song in the country if I’m not blowing things out of proportion. Which is Obaa Hemaa.”
He adds that the Kumerica movement became public on the back of a particular sound. And as sounds are “seasonal”, that sound may not be reigning, but the group is still together.
MC Portfolio also mentioned the other arms of Kumerica, including lifestyle, cultural essence and movies (Kumawood).
Streaming the conversation to the music aspect of the movement, Portfolio noted with sadness that some industry stakeholders have stifled the growth of the Asaaka boys in the Greater Accra Region.
He did admit that the group’s initial disposition towards media promotion in other regions was influenced by ignorance.
But assured Caleb that they are rebranding and ready to embrace nationwide involvement.
Do you realise I’m the most important person to young people? –…
Grandpapa of hiplife Reggie Rockstone has expressed his displeasure on Showbiz 927 about how people, especially the youth, are quick to downplay others in the industry. He spoke widely about appreciating the efforts of others and pushing Ghana’s contribution to African music.
Reggie Rockstone implored Ghanaians to be proactive in pushing their agenda or suffer a downward spiral in the industry.
He also voiced that the implications of continuously criticising and downplaying other musicians’ achievements are negative images of our musical culture.
“Sometimes I do worry because young people will come to Twitter and talk the most trash to an old Gee. And I’m thinking to myself, do you realise I am the most important person to you young people? I’m the reason you have a voice. I’m the reason you can wear your dreadlocks. You can do this and do that.”
Reggie Rockstone pointed out that before BBC’s feature on Hiplife, the genre had previously been documented by Professor Jesse Weaver Shipley in the book, Living the Hiplife. But Ghana has never bothered to look it up.
The originator of the Hiplife genre ended by saying that situation can be remedied by “stepping up our game or we will not get a seat at the table.”