I have always maintained the position that Accra is not Ghana, that the arts and entertainment industry is beyond Accra, and the story of James Paulinus Johnson who is known in the music circles as Saa Boy No!, a cape coast-based rapper and songwriter reiterates my assertion best.
The 2020 edition of the 3 music awards’ next rated act category – central region – got me curious to find out who the nominees were due to the talent, craft, and versatility the people from the west have injected into Ghanaian music. I landed in cape coast to ask about Saa Boy No! and the feedback left me awed, permit me to share with you.
Saa Boy No! Who is a graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a degree in publishing spent most of his formative life in cape coast – Ghana where his music career emerged. As an artist, he believes his environment and upbringing have shaped his career and given him a sense of direction.
The artiste started with the stage name Jay pee, then kaykronic and later transitioned to Saa Boy No!. His name Saa Boy No! has received positive nodes from the masses as the name could be translated to mean the boy to watch out for. His debut “Abonsam” which featured Quamina Mp in 2018 cemented his decision to continually entertain music lovers irrespective of the impediments because the love shown him during his sickening moments was overwhelming.
He returned to the scene in 2020 and relaunched his career after a year away due to a gory accident with “Ye be sei m’adwen”, followed by “take a seat”, “Over Me” and the smash hit “Mabr3” – a household term used in daily conversations in Cape coast which was couched out from his song. I was astounded to hear the children repeat lines like “wunp3 mas3m ah, memp3 wasem – Mabr3” from his song – such a great feeling. Saa Boy No! followed up with a 7 song EP named “Geraldine” after his cousin who died in that accident which took him away from music.
In furtherance, the persevering musician began 2021 collaborating with Dj Aroma and Ko-jo Cue on “Afiwei”, his current release which is receiving good media attention and airplay. Notwithstanding the attention given “Afi wei”, most of his devotees and lovers noted that the turn-around for his career came when he released “Mabr3”, but to him, “after AfiWei, it’s going to be all gas, no brakes, just like how 2020 ended for me”
My stay in Cape coast couldn’t have been complete without a visit to the beach and some pubs as I love nature. To my amusement, all the times spent at Becky kay, Whispers pub, Sahara sports bar and restaurant and Da breeze were greeted with blistering sounds from Saa Boy No!. They may say a king has no honour in his home, but the case of this young champion is the divergent.
The irony for me was when I discovered that the old Saint Augustine boy single-handedly put together a street carnival dubbed “Otiem a to ola” which was massively patronized by the people of Cape Coast and was hosted at Ola. Attendees of his debut street carnival could not hide their excitement when I spoke to a few of them as they showered praises on him for being thoughtful and giving back to his people in the preliminaries of his career take-off. The Carnival, which brought together most artists from cape cost to the excitement of event-goers will be repeated this December I learned.
The artists’ works from the inception of his career till last year are accompanied by flawless audiovisuals on YouTube except for “over me”, I urge you to check him out and you will be amazed. The artiste is grateful for how smooth his journey has been thus far and thankful to his family and fans for their unflinching support. He motioned, “My works from last year got me nominated in the next rated act category – central region for the upcoming 3 music awards and I owe it to all who support my craft and career.”
He admonished his fan base to vote massively for him by dialing *447*3# on all networks.
“We deserve the win”, he ended.
Until I engage you again with another discovery, enjoy songs and videos from Saa Boy No! With the links below.
UBA Ghana Donates African Literature Books To Four Senior High Schools To Mark Internatonal Day Of The African Child
UBA Ghana has donated boxes of various African Literature Books to four Senior High Schools to commemorate the 2021 International Day of the African Child
The beneficiary schools were Accra Academy Senior High School, Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Teshie Technical Institute all in the Greater Accra region and St Paul’s SHS in the Volta region.
The International Day of the African Child, is a day set aside to by the United Nations to celebrate Africa children on the 16th of June every year.
This donation is in line with the UBA Foundation commitment to the education of African Youth through the Read Africa Project.
Presenting the books to the various schools, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Henry Nii Dottey, said UBA is committed to rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths.
“The passion for reading informative and educative books is fast eroding due to the advent of materials on the internet and media content and this is part of the ills we want to correct in the continent’s educational sector”, he said.
He added: “Having identified the need to curb the trend across the continent, the UBA Foundation through the Read Africa has been donating books to encourage reading among junior and senior secondary schools students across Africa”.
Mr. Dottey also used the opportunity to call upon the schools to actively participate in this year’s National Essay Competition. He noted the National Essay Competition provides funding of up to US$10,000 annually and encourage all students to participate in order for them to enhance their chances of living the dreams of tertiary education in any part of Africa.
He added that the vision of Tony Elumelu through the Africapitalism project which seeks to use African resources to develop Africa can only start with the education of our people.
Mr. Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle, Headmaster of Accra Academy and Mrs. Gifty Andoh, Headmistress of Accra Girls’ Senior High Schools both expressed their gratitude to UBA for the kind gesture demonstrated towards their schools.
They both assured UBA that the schools will put the books to good use and ensure students read them while encouraging them to start preparing towards this year’s National Essay Competition.
Sidney Williams tells Hammer, “You Know Too Well Not To Kiss Shatta Wale’s Ass.”
Sidney A. Williams, a Ghanaian entertainment critic and former radio producer for Y107.9FM in Accra, is dissatisfied with the recent words of renowned music producer Edward Nana Poku Osei, also known as “Hammer.”
Sidney’s dissatisfaction comes at the back of Hammer’s recent utterances about Ghanaian journalist Arnold Asamoah Baidoo who described dancehall artiste Shatta Wale as the most “inconsistent and confused” artist.
In a post, Hammer shared a different opinion saying;
“I can’t believe people are celebrating you for being so disrespectful to another human being in the name of what, opinion?” You people live quietly behind closed doors with your imperfections and just because someone’s life is public you think you can have an opinion?
In a new video shared on YouTube, Sidney who feels disappointed at Hammer’s utterances is heard saying;
“The attack on Arnold is so unfair. It’s so uncalled for. Knowing who Hammer is and the kind of things he’s doing can only be equated to ass-kissing. When people go wrong, it’s only right you allow them to be straightened than to jump behind them for whatever reason.”
He went ahead to advise Hammer to protect his image than speak to kiss ass which will eventually open him up for attacks and insults.
“You only need to be protecting your legendary status and achievements at this time than opening yourself up for attacks for actually saying things that lacks credence.”
Watch Sidney Williams speak out on the Shatta Wale, Hammer and Arnold debacle.
Kida Kudz Celebrates 2pac’s Birthday In Epic Tribute Video For ‘Makaveli’
Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter hailing from London via Lagos and back Kida Kudz shares an unbelievable tribute video for ‘Makaveli’, his sonic homage to the late Tupac Shakur.
Referencing the ‘Hit ‘Em Up (Dirty)’ video, the Biggie & Tupac Doc by Nick Broomfield, the iconic NY Times cover alongside Snoop and Suge Knight, his appearance in Juice and more – it’s a perfectly executed tribute that was conceptualised and styled by Kida himself.
A track that he recorded at home in the UK where he was speaking about how he and his people move in life, ‘All my jigga’s anti-social’, it naturally progressed into being quite inspired by Makaveli and Tupac’s spirit and attitude – one of his biggest influences.
Following the lyrically potent first single Animalistic’ that explored incarceration and his euphoric house and dancehall infused Bella Smhurda assisted ‘Ball Till We Fall’, ‘Makaveli’ is the third single taken from his highly anticipated new mixtape TOP MEMBA out July 9th and available to pre-order now.
Speaking on the video, Kida said: “Makaveli was shot by my friend Visionnaire Pictures. The idea came from both of us putting our heads together to think of the best 2Pac images and recreate them on a budget in the studio. I styled myself using vintage pieces and a lot of clothes I already owned as I love 90’s fashion… I got the pieces from my wardrobe, ordered some, and got my family members to help out with styling …The thought was to bring 2pac back to life, trying to get it as close as possible…. It’s an energised video from head to toe.”
Since its announcement and release of accompanying singles this Spring, TOP MEMBA is already set to scorch the scene this summer with early support from the likes of Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy, Notion, CLASH, DJ Target and more. Aptly and affectionately named after Kida’s fans to whom this mixtape is dedicated to, this highly anticipated 10-tracker was written in the afterglow of the birth of his first son at his home in London, making this his most intent and personal body of work to date.
Born in ‘IB City’ Ibadan, Nigeria and raised by his serial entrepreneur mother, Kida Kudz always had an intense love for music counting the likes of Lil Wayne, Tupac, DMX, BBK, Fela Kuti, Haruno Ishola, Tuface and Ebenezer Obey as some of his most vital influences. After winning two high profile talent competitions in Nigeria as a young boy, Kida’s unrelenting work ethic and drive led him to move to London, UK, when he was 14 to take his craft more seriously studying Music Technology, Audio Engineering, Music Business and Media Production at college and university.
Thrust into a completely new environment and culture at such a decisive age, like many young African immigrants in the UK Kida battled with issues around acceptance and identity but found solace in music. The sound you hear today self-coined ‘AFRO JIGGY’ is the perfect manifestation Kida’s dual identity and artistic sensibilities blending the best the UK and Africa has to offer that’s lead him to collaborate with the likes of Ms Banks and Pa Salieu on Juls’ ‘Like Tu Danz’, Burna Boy on the ‘Issa Vibe Remix’ and Chip on his 2020 debut mixtape Nasty with the single ‘Red Flag’.
No stranger to the limelight, Kida Kudz’ authentic, intelligent and vibrant output has had incredible co-signs from Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky as well as gaining fans in the likes of HYPEBEAST, RedBull, TRENCH, GRM Daily, Complex, Hunger, CLASH and more. He has graced festival stages from Oh My to Afronation and his distinguished personal style and keen eye for fashion has led to collaboration with Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks and more.
TOP MEMBA TRACKLIST:
- Figure 8 Ft. Gemitaz
- Nobody Ft. Tanika
- Cherry Mango Ft. Made Kuti
- Ball Till We Fall Ft. Bella Shmurda
- Ghetto Riddim Ft Bobby 6ix & Daddy 1
- Never Saw Us
WATCH: ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli-video
STREAM/SHARE ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli
PRE-ORDER TOP MEMBA: https://platoon.lnk.to/Top-Memba
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