Jamaican reggae singer Warrior King is generating a major buzz in the music industry with his most recent single, ‘Africa Love’ – a collaboration with West African superstar MzVee.
The afrobeat track, created by popular producer Jermaine ‘Crawba Genius’ Henry, infused with a Latin undertone has been deemed a contemporary take on Warrior King’s authentic reggae sound.
The 2021 project, slated to be released on digital platforms on April 9, is a sample of the 1990s reggae hit single ‘Hello Mama Africa’ by Garnett Silk. Crawba Genius, who works closely with international dancehall sensation Charly Black, is noted as the creative behind that artiste’s ‘Domestic Violence’ single – released late 2019.
The producer, who is also known for his ‘Drip’, ‘Legends of Soul’ and ‘Dig Road’ rhythms shared that “I am fascinated with Garnett Silk’s sound… and I really love afrobeat. With the Garnett Silk idea in my head, I got creative. I wanted to do something with an authentic kind of vibe but something [for people] to dance,” he admits.
“When I give King the rhythm he says: “Tha rhythm here a murder!” … ‘Africa Love’ is like a crossover track for Warrior King.” “I heard a female on the track… and I wanted to keep it friendly for his audience as well. I’ve been listening to MzVee for a while now and I love her vocals and her appearance.
So, I saw that MzVee was perfect for the song and for Warrior,” said Crawba. The ongoing pandemic was not a deterrent for the two music sensations. Vocals for MzVee and Warrior King were recorded separately – in Ghana and Jamaica.
Warrior King, who is widely known for hit singles ‘Virtuous Woman’ (2001); ‘Never Go Where Pagans Go’ (2002); ‘Hold Da Faith’, ‘My Life’, ‘Can’t Get Me Down’ (2005); and ‘Wanna Give You Love’ (2009), expressed that “It’s a beautiful love song; an empowerment song.”
He went on, “I am feeling elated about this collaboration with MzVee. Working with feminine energy is always great.”
MzVee, who is on the heels of a video release for ‘You Alone’ from her critically-acclaimed fourth studio album ‘InVEEncible’, said “This song celebrates African love. He [Warrior King] praises the African woman and he talks about how beautiful, how strong and how courageous she is; and that’s exactly who an African woman is.
He is just a super good musician and I loved his flow on this song, it was super, super, super dope.”
MzVee, currently the only female Ghanaian on BBC 1xtra’s Africa’s 360 playlist, noted that “Reggae and afrobeat, these are genres that came from the sweat and toil and blood and love… They are two genres that are actually part of my singing style,” she asserted.
‘Africa Love’ also features the musical skills of Keneil DeLisser on drums and Almondo Douglas, on guitar.
The project is the second collaborative effort between Warrior King’s Rootz Warrior Productions and Crawba Productions; the first being the song ‘Moonlight Bright’ from the singer’s ‘Rootz Warrior’ album released in April 2016.
According to Warrior King, “Africa is where my heart is. So, this collaboration will make my presence be more felt in Africa… Afrobeat is like an offspring of reggae and reggae is the same African culture. So, the message [is the same] no matter the genre.
“For me, the message is what’s most important at the end of the day,” says Warrior King.
“I have high hopes for the song; for it to resonate especially with people in Africa, the Caribbean – wherever African people are around the world and especially with the youths.”
Sidiku Buari, Prof John Collins, Ken Kafui & Big Ben Honored As VGMA Titans
Yesterday at the Grand Arena in Accra, 4 distinguished personalities who have stood for excellence in their various fields in the music industry over the years were honored.
The honors came off at the ‘VGMA National Music Summit’; an event that precedes the grand ‘VGMA Weekend’ aimed at highlighting the importance of music in Ghana and the challenges facing the industry as well as the stakeholders.
The honorees were Sidiku Buari, Professor John Collins, Kenneth Kwaku Avotri Kafui and Big Ben Music. They become the first recipients of the newly curated TITAN AWARDS, a scheme to specially honor individuals and institutions of velour for their contributions to the growth and development of the Music Sector.
The four received different citations and a Plaque as part of the honor;
Alhaji Sidiku Buari was honored as the ADMINISTATOR for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by Mr. Mark Okraku Mante, Deputy Minister Designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture
Professor John Collins got his honor as MUSICOLOGIST for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by Rex Omar, Ghamro Chair.
Kenneth Kweku Avotri was recognized as MUSIC EDUCATOR for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The plaque and citation was received by his Children which was presented by Mrs. Diana Hopeson.
Big Ben Music received an honor as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by Fred Kyei Mensah.
The VGMA Titans Awards is a Charterhouse initiative, partnered by TV3, DStv, GHQR, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!
VGMA Honours Titans Of The Music Industry On World Music Day
21st June marks world Music day; in commemoration of the day and in furtherance of VGMA22, Charterhouse introduces the 1st ever national Music Summit. The purpose of the summit is to empower players and to help better the lot of the music sector.
The day will also see the scheme present a set of new honors dubbed “VGMA TITAN AWARDS. These honors will go to four distinguished industry stalwarts with the aim of recognizing their pivotal roles in growing music in Ghana. Meet the four awardees;
SIDIKU BUARI – For Meritorious service to the Ghana music industry as an ADMINISTRATOR
In 1980, Together with Ghanaba, Joe Mensah, Fiasal Helwani, Nana Kwame Ampadu, and others, he re-established the Musician Union we have today. He facilitated the Union’s movement to the old Passport office, organized regional congresses, produced corporate music to campaign for peaceful elections, lobbied for exemption of taxes on musical instruments for musicians, training for musicians to play live music and chaired the collective Management organization of Ghana, facilitating the building of its first office.
During his lifetime as a Musician, he carried out several music industry administrative roles as Former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (Musiga) Chairman of the Copyright Society of Ghana (Cosga) now Ghana Music Rights owners Organization (Ghamro) and Vice President of International Federation of Musicians (FIM).
PROFESSOR JOHN COLLINS – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as a MUSICOLOGIST
As one of Ghana’s most prolific Musicologists and composers, he chronicled most of our highlife music across the decades. He also served as a Musiga Executive in the 1970’s , now a Patron of Musiga and are an honorary life-member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) in Ghana together with Professor J.H.K. Nketia and Egya Koo Nimo, our popular folk guitarist.
He served on the Ghana National Folklore Board of Trustees and Copyright Administration for seven years and are currently the acting Chairman of the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation (BAPMAF), currently donating some of its digitized holdings to the J.H.K Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies.
Kenneth Kwaku Avotri Kafui – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as a MUSIC EDUCATOR
Ken Kafui was a Ghanaian composer. He was a lecturer in music theory and composition at the music department of the University of Ghana, Legon. He composed choral works, works for choir and orchestra, symphonic works, piano and organ works, and works for traditional African instruments. He created new concepts and genres in African art music such as the Pentanata, the HD-3 form and Drumnata. He holds a Diploma in African Music and a Master’s degree in music.
He also composed for the orchestra of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation during the late 1970s. Kenneth was also a music tutor and the conductor of the Aggrey Memorial Chapel Choir at Achimota School before he moved on to the University of Ghana.
BIG BEN MUSIC PRODUCTION – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR
Big Ben Music Production is a production outfit in Ghana. A gospel label, it is run by Benjamin and Theresa Mensah, and some point had the following artistes Monica Konadu, K.K. Fosu, Vine Praises, Ofori Amponsah, Kofi Nti, Sandra Oduro, Christiana Love, Lady Prempeh, and Ohemaa Mercy. The outfit is credited as helping the Ghana music industry grow. He became one of Ghana’s top Music Executive Producers and Distributors of repute in Ghana, producing and distributing music for artistes such as Christiana love (Obaapa Christy), Ofori Amponsah, A-plus, Ohemaa Mercy, Kofi Nti, the late Daasebre Dwamena, Obrafour, and many others.
He was also the major music distributor for several of the top Industry artistes such as Batman Samini, Tic-Tac, 4×4, Daddy Lumba, Reggie Rockstone and many others.
His role as an investor in the production of music from the 80s across the decades till 2005 enabled many talented musicians get heard and were able to derive commercial gain from their talent.
The VGMA MUSIC SUMMIT is powered by Charterhouse, partnered by TV3, DStv, GHQR, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!
VGMA 1ST NATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT – MEET YOUR SPEAKERS
As part of the world music day celebration and as part of the activities lined up for the VGMA Musical June, Ghana’s biggest music awards scheme introduces the VGMA National Music Summit.
The summit is to use music as a tool to drive social change and is aimed at using education to empower players in the industry to help better the lot of the sector.
The summit is to be held with limited audience but shared with millions across the VGMA official social media channels. It starts at 10am and ends at 2pm.
The 4 hour event is meant to engage Musicians, Music Producers & Managers, Distributors of Music, Music Promoters, Media and Other Industry Players nationally to discuss core industry issues.
At the end of the dialogue, a communique on the insights, conclusions and recommendations collated from the discussions will be presented to the Ministry of Tourism & Creative Arts for consideration. There will be 3 panel discussions; Royalties – The Way Forward, Music Distribution in the Digital Era and Play it LIVE.
Starting off the conversation for Royalties- The way forward, are; Munyaradzi Chanetsa, A&R Manager, Sony South Africa. Rex Omar – Chairman Ghamro and Veteran Ghanaian musician. Abraham Adjetey, President of Ghamro. Trigmatic, is a Ghanaian award winning musician, composer, songwriter and Philanthropist. Last but not least, Cynthia Quarcoo, Managing Partner, CQ Legal & Consulting.
Leading the conversations in the Music distribution in the digital era are 3 distinguished industry players with in-depth practical knowledge in their respective field of endeavor. Chioma Onuchukwu is Head of Operations at TuneCore Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia & Ethiopia. Jefferson Seneadza CEO of Aftown – a digital sales platform. Munyaradzi Chanetsa, A&R Manager, Sony South Africa. Juan Gomez is the Head of African Content and Curation at Pandora Media.
CEO EKB Records a talent Management and Entertainment company and LIVE Music enthusiast Kiki Banson, will be heading the PLAY IT LIVE discussion. With support from Kwame Yeboah, a Ghanaian born, UK based multi-talented instrumentalist, producer and keyboard player and programmer and Beats Mechanic.
The event will be hosted by Rudy Kwakye – Executive Producer AfroNationGhana Festival.
The VGMA NATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT is powered by charterhouse, partnered by Tv3, GHQR, KPMG, DStv, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!
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