Music Break: M3nsa – Adjuma
Dec 2009 04

Check out this fresh tune from Aspecks friend M3nsa. This is the first music video off his No.1 Mango Street Album, due out in 2010!! ADJUMA captures the very essence of what the hustle is for the average Ghanaian. It literally means work and Aspecks is very much looking forward to checking out the rest of Mensa’s work when No.1 Mango Street drops in the new year! Enjoy…..

Music Break: J Period & K’naan present The Messengers
Sep 2009 17

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K’naan’s latest project is a mixtape series paying tribute to three iconic musicians and exemplary human rights activists: Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. They were all true global citiizens; with the common thread between them being their use of music to highlight injustice and cultivate social consciousness (globally) through a message of equality between people. The fact that (regardless of their messages) each was a master of their distinct musical genres means that this tribute series also takes on the role of an enlightening cross-cultural excursion and socio-political education. On another level, the project also asks broader questions about the substance of musical content at large and whether it should be held to a higher (moral) standard or judged purely on entertainment value. These musicians’ stories are enthralling and too expansive to cover in this post or a tribute series but definitely worth researching and/or catching up on. The Messengers series is available for free download from here.

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti – pioneer of Afrobeat music:

“Yes, if you are in England the music can be an instrument for enjoyment, so you can sing about love. You can sing about who you are going to bed with next. My society is underdeveloping because of an alien system on our people now so there is no music for enjoyment. There is nothing like love, there is something like a struggle for people’s existence. So, as an artist, politically, artistically the whole idea about your environment must be represented in the music, in the artist. So I think as far as Africa is concerned music cannot be for enjoyment. Music must be for revolution.” – Fela (Quoted from a skit on The Messengers: Episode 1)

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Kubolor Style Update
May 2009 19

Wanlov has been busy. He recently completed the Culture Caravan road show, which was an 8-city tour of Ghana featuring free live music and theatrical performances from some of hip-life’s most prominent artists.

He’s also released a free mixtape called Kubolor & Friends for your listening pleasure. The footage below is of a rehearsal for the Culture Caravan.

Check his myspace for stuff from Wanlov including details of his upcoming performances near you.

Previously: Kubolor Style

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Kubolor style
Mar 2009 06

Aspecks met up with Wanlov the Kubulor in London last October when he was promoting his album “Green Card“. Wanlov is an individual who expresses himself truthfully, using knowledge and music to share the diverse cultural aspecks of his life as a global citizen. In Part One Wanlov discusses with Aspecks his music and his views on identity and stereotypes.

In Part II, Wanlov and Mensa speak about pidgen english, the Ghanaian music scene and their future projects.


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