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Ghanaians Are Not Smart Enough To Understand Hip-Hop Music – EL

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Multiple award-winning rapper and Afro-beat artiste, EL has stated that Hip-hop does not have a future in Ghana because Ghanaians are not smart enough to understand Hip-hop music.

He went on to emphasise that this generation of Ghanaian artistes have no business pursuing hip-hop music because the genre has no future in our part of the world, adding “I don’t think hip-hop is our identity as Africans, it’s not.”

The ‘Collect’ hit maker, made the shocking statement while speaking to host of Drive with the Area Gang show, Elvis Crystal on Pluzz 89.9 on Friday, December 21, 2018 to promote his latest single.

Speaking about his introduction into Ghanaian music as a rapper, EL disclosed that hip-hop has not been very good to him as far as his music career is concerned and described those days with Skillions hip-hop group as “A group of kids playing around with mics following the likes of Jay Z but in hindsight, it was a waste of time.”

The Koko singer, who disclosed that he is done with hip-hop music says he is more mature and self aware now to understand the importance of self identity which is why creating Afro-beat music is what makes him truly happy now.

EL also bemoaned how most artistes are doing the same thing lately and proceeded to take a swipe at many of today’s rappers who he describes as unoriginal, making it easy for just about anybody without talent to become a hip-hop artiste. He cited Worlasi as one of the very few artistes creating original music lately.

The Kaalu hit maker added that he isn’t surprised that viral acts like Patapaa and Supa made it big and are regarded as artistes although many have questioned talent. El believes we will see more of such acts because that is what Ghanaians are into.

He however advice that we enlighten ourselves and put more effort into making quality music as being done by our Nigerians neighbours.

“We need to enlighten ourselves more. Nigerians are doing it. Name me one Nigerian artiste who makes music as mediocre as what we have now and actually is recognized, it’s not.”

EL founded his own record label, V.O Nation earlier this year and although the label is yet to be officially launched, the singer and producer assured all music lovers to look out for amazing stuff from the V.O Nation next year.

Talking about his upcoming projects for 2019, EL also reminded Ghanaians to look out for the release of his next album, Waves, and his performance at the South by South Western (SXSW) Festival in Texas, USA as the sole representative of Ghana.

The video for his latest single Collect ft Kwesi Arthur comes out next week.

[Written by Latifah Funke Ibrahim]

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E.L To Perform At 2019 SXSW Music Festival

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Ghanaian rapper, singer and record producer, E.L has been listed among the artists to be performing at the 2019 SXSW Music Festival, which is slated for March 11-17, 2019. The announcement was made known in November of 2018.

Aside the 2016 ”VGMA Artist of the Year” performing, he was the ONLY Ghanaian Afrobeat artist to be featured on SXSW FM 2019 Spotlight with his song ‘Overdose’. Other artists who were featured include: Adekunle Gold (Nigeria), King Kanja (Kenya), Urban Hype (Zambia), Anatii (South Africa), Stanley Enow (Cameroon) amongst others.

”I think it’s a great opportunity for me to showcase my new music on a world stage. First of all, it’s amazing that, the stage has been set because it’s been a lot of back and forth to establish a platform where Africans can come and do their thing.

This is a full set and it’s actually a very big step in our conquest of the world.

Also, Afrobeat is taking over slowly in musical circles and our place to show/let the world hear what we have to offer, so I’m excited and we are definitely planning on releasing my new album this year.

And I think the platform by SXSW will be a good launching spot to begin that journey”, expresses E.L

E.L will be joined by his Ghanaian counterparts, Samini, Efya, YFM’s DJ Kess and Jojo Abot at the festival which will take plance in Austin, Texas.

Other African artists booked to perform at the festival includes Simi, Adekunle Gold, Mayorkun, Vector, Falz, Mr Eazi, Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Victoria Kimani, Khaligraph and Anatii.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.

Each year, the SXSW Music Festival brings together the global music industry alongside film and technology professionals to make personal and business connections as well as discover the next generation of talent.

Not limited in genre or regional focus, fans, fellow musicians, industry professionals, and creatives from every discipline can enjoy a variety of musical styles at SXSW.
Listen to SXSW FM 2019 Afrobeat Spotlight here:

Showcases are curated by SXSW in collaboration with record labels, booking agencies, management and PR firms, export offices, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands, festivals and more. Performances take place in bars, clubs, parks, churches and hotels around downtown Austin.

Story by: Francis ‘Banks’ Amissah
TalkMediaGhana.com

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Whoever Has My Sextape With Adebayor Should Release It For $100,000 – Yvonne Okoro Dares

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Actress Yvonne Okoro has finally dared all the people out there, especially bloggers, who claim that they have a correct sex tape of Togolese international footballer, Emmanuel Adebayor and herself to release it for a whopping trophy fee of $100,000 which will be paid by the footballer.

She made this dare when she was talking about her rumored relationships with the rapper Criss Waddle and Emmanuel Adebayor.

The ‘Contract’ actress stated that aside from the untrue rumor that she has been bonking with Criss Waddle all this time, she was recently told by a friend that some bloggers claim they have a sex tape of herself and Adebayor.

Miss Okoro further told Andy Dosty that she immediately sent a sarcastic message to Adebayor to ask if he recorded them when they had $eks the last time.

She added that this message got Adebayor cracked up with laughter because he knew it was not true.
She added that it was at this point that the former Tottenham player told her that he is willing to give anybody $100, 000 if they provide the said video.

Yvonne Okoro then dared anyone who claims has a sex tape of them to publish it for $100,000 Adebayor promised.

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Citizen Welkins To Sue Medikal For Theft

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Award winning music act Citizen Welkins has laid accusations against AMG prodigy Medikal for stealing his music on two occasions.

The musician claims Medikal stole the song Confirm and Backside from him after He (Citizen Welkins) sent them to him for a feature.

Citizen Welkins spoke in a private interview saying,

“I sent Him my song titled ‘Confirm’ asking that He reviews for a feature which He rejected only to see him release a song later with the same title and concept. Having the fighting spirit, I sent another song titled ‘Backside’ and while I waited for a response from him, Medikal goes ahead to use the concept for his new song’

In a heartbreaking mood, Citizen Welkins laments the approach and hinted that His management is considering suing the rapper.

Citizen Welkins won the ‘Best Music Video’ at the Ghana Music Awards South Africa and is a new song to startup his music year in 2019. Get interactive with Citizen Welkins o n all social media platforms @citizenwelkins

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Sarkodie Didn’t Lie To Me, Tt’s True An Artiste Doesn’t Need A Hit Song To Stay Relevant – Strongman

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According to Strongman, Sarkodie once told him that as an artiste, you don’t need a hit song to stay relevant and he thought Obidi was deceiving him.

The Sarkcess signed Rapper says from where he sits now, he has come to terms to agree that King Sark didn’t lie to him about that.

Reacting to comments from fans who are worried he hasn’t been able to churn out any hit song ever since joining Sarkodie’s Record Label he said:

You are home watching glass, so you don’t know what exactly is happening but the moment you get close to what’s happening and get closer to the game you’ll understand you getting a hit song doesn’t really make you relevant”.

Strongman was speaking on Zylofon Fm, hear more from him in the video below and tell us if you agree with him or not.

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