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The Ultimate Guide to Kuchoko Roots Festival at Alliance Francaise in Accra

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Reggae music has always had a special place in the hearts of music lovers worldwide. In Ghana, the annual ‘Kuchoko Roots Festival‘ has become a highly anticipated event that brings together some of the finest reggae artists in Africa. This year’s edition, set to take place at the Alliance Francaise in Accra on Saturday, June 24, 2023, promises to be bigger and better than ever before. In this ultimate guide, we will delve into the festival’s details, the artists’ line-up, and what attendees can expect from this extraordinary celebration of reggae music.

The Essence of the Kuchoko Roots Festival

The Kuchoko Roots Festival is a platform that aims to celebrate reggae music and create an opportunity for reggae music fans to interact with their favorite artists. The festival also serves to introduce Ghanaian music lovers to high-quality reggae music and performances. This year’s event is touted as one of the biggest gatherings of reggae lovers, musicians, stakeholders, and followers.

The Line-up of Artistes

The organizers of the Kuchoko Roots Festival have left no stone unturned in curating an impressive line-up of reggae artists for this year’s edition. Over 15 respected artists from Ghana, Burkina Faso, and other African countries are set to grace the stage and deliver exceptional performances. Some of the notable artists scheduled to perform include:

1. Blakk Rasta: As the headline act, Blakk Rasta needs no introduction. Renowned for his powerful vocals and thought-provoking lyrics, he is set to take the stage by storm and captivate the audience.

2. Ras Kuuku: With his unique blend of reggae and dancehall, Ras Kuuku has carved a niche in the Ghanaian music industry. His energetic stage presence and infectious melodies will get the crowd moving.

3. Taj Weekes: Hailing from St. Lucia, Taj Weekes is an international reggae sensation. Known for his soulful voice and socially conscious lyrics, he is a must-watch artiste at the festival.

4. Qshan Deya: Representing St. Vincent, Qshan Deya brings his Caribbean flavor to the Kuchoko Roots Festival. His smooth vocals and catchy tunes are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

5. Ras Simposh and ZMo: From Burkina Faso, Ras Simposh and ZMo bring their unique reggae style to the festival. Their infectious rhythms and powerful messages will resonate with the audience.

6. Samuel Owusu: As a special guest, Samuel Owusu, a legendary highlife act from Ghana, will grace the stage. His timeless hits and captivating stage presence will add a touch of nostalgia to the festival.

The Promise of Historic Live Performances

The organizers of the Kuchoko Roots Festival have made it clear that this year’s event will be nothing short of historic. They promise an unforgettable experience filled with captivating live musical performances. The festival aims to showcase authentic reggae music, steering clear of any diluted or adulterated versions. Attendees can expect a night filled with soul-stirring melodies, powerful lyrics, and a vibrant atmosphere.

The Venue: Alliance Francaise in Accra

The Alliance Francaise in Accra has been chosen as the perfect setting for the Kuchoko Roots Festival. Alliance Francaise is known for its commitment to promoting arts and culture; this venue provides the ideal backdrop for a celebration of reggae music. With its spacious grounds and top-notch facilities, the Alliance Francaise ensures attendees a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Special Packages for Music Fans

The organizers of the Kuchoko Roots Festival have considered the diverse preferences and expectations of music fans. They have put together various special packages to cater to different needs. Whether you’re a die-hard reggae enthusiast or simply looking to enjoy a night of great music, there is something for everyone at the festival. From VIP access to exclusive merchandise, attendees can choose the package that best suits their desires.

Examinations Center for Internationally-Recognized Tests and Diplomas

In addition to the music festivities, the Alliance Francaise in Accra serves as the only examination center in Ghana for internationally-recognized tests and diplomas. The Courses include the DELF, DALF, DAEFLE, TCF, and TEF exams. Students of French as a foreign language can use this opportunity to showcase their proficiency and earn valuable certifications.

MCs and Hosts

To ensure a smooth flow and engaging atmosphere throughout the festival, experienced MCs and hosts have been chosen. King Lagazee and Ras Kwame Malcolm will take the stage as the masters of ceremonies, keeping the audience entertained and informed.

Additional Information:

· Date: Saturday, June 24, 2023

· Location: Alliance Francaise, Accra, Ghana

Conclusion

The Kuchoko Roots Festival at Alliance Francaise in Accra promises to be an extraordinary celebration of reggae music. With a stellar line-up of artists, historic live performances, and a vibrant atmosphere, this event is not to be missed. Whether you’re a long-time reggae fan or simply looking to immerse yourself in the infectious rhythms of this genre, the Kuchoko Roots Festival offers an unforgettable experience. Get ready to groove to the beats, sing along to the lyrics, and create lasting memories at this remarkable celebration of reggae music.

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Kundivi Mahama enchants with new single

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Kundivi Mahama, formerly Zazzy, has released yet another beautiful composition. The song, Afara’nga, furthers his agenda to dominate as a live performer with an enviable repertoire. Afara’nga is currently available to stream across all digital music platforms. 

The song is off his yet-to-be-released album, scheduled for late 2024.

Kundivi Mahama’s Stature

Kundivi Mahama, who resides and operates from the Upper East Regional capital, Bolgatanga, is one of the top five vocalists in the region. His stature is undoubtedly high. His dexterity as a lyricist, vocalist, and live band performer remains peerless. His consistency as a stellar musician remains his call to fame. 

In the last few months, he has been on a streak; he released songs that offer fans an idea of what to expect on his album. The songs released have so far exhibited the characteristics of a world star in the leagues of the Youssou N’dours, Angelique Kidjos, and Wiyaalas. 

Songs from his Album Released so far

Afara’nga follows Yineme, featuring Soorebia, Sheiwuna, and Taafama, which have solidified his rise. Other songs like Pon Dem Case and Echanga also make listening unforgettable.

The Above songs marked his journey when he rebranded from Zazzy to Kundivi Mahama. The new persona came with his desire to bring back the sound and rhythms of Uppers International Band, which reigned in Ghana from the late 1960s to the early 2000s. He pursues this feat with the touch of an original self; thus, fans get a feel of two worlds. 

According to Kundivi Mahama, Afara’nga is a tribute to the Uppers International Band. 

A more detailed profile about the life and music of Kundivi Mahama is coming soon.

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Wyldthang Breaths New Fire on Winning with Dr Pushkin and Budukusu

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What Wyldthang brought to ‘Winning’?

There are rappers whose daily objective is to impress. However, there exist others who focus on being the best. But we know that seeking to impress calls for swaying to trends and what’s in vogue. However, perfecting your craft remains the standout factor. Such is the case of Wyldthang, the Houston rapper featured on the Remix of Dr Pushkin and Budukusu’s Winning. 

He prides himself in “being Willie Good”; the phrase is about an Austin – Texas legend Willie Nelson. He is an American country singer, guitarist, songwriter, and activist. He has remained peerless in skill and style to the extent that at age 91, he’s still performing to fans. His kind of perfection is what guides his pursuit of music as a career. As a street poet, his lyrics usually reflect his emotions juxtaposed with a unique worldview. In the process, he has become a lyrical dynamo with a penchant for releasing awe-inspiring lyrics.  

In a short interaction about discovering his talent, here’s what he said.

“Like everyone else, I’ve loved music all my life. On this journey, I believe everybody lives out their own story. Stories become songs. I tell my story through my songs.”

How he Met Dr Pushkin.

His relationship with Dr Pushkin started when the latter performed at SXSW 2022. He was awed by the performance. When Winning was later performed, Thang went wild with love for the song. 

In a classic case of “real recognize real” the two artists, got a conversation going. The result of that conversation is a remix of Winning. 

Previous Works

He is a lover of motorcycles. His passion for Bikes led to him making an entire album titled Motorcycle Music in 2021. The Album featured nine songs. 

He also released another album titled RIZE. 

The incredible rapper is gearing up to release another album, Graffiti City. If you loved his flow on Winning, you will be awed by his next project. The rapper has also teamed up with Vox Machina to form The 6th Street Rebelz. The 6th Street Rebelz is currently gracing all stages across the Austin-Texas area. He also has several singles out there.

The Story Behind Winning

Before this remix, Winning rode the tides of encouragement for all in pursuit of success. People are often scared to try or continue. A situation that stems from tying their gains to others. However, while the people around you can play roles in your life, knowing your ability is paramount. “Winning” thus encourages all to avoid self-inflicted doubt. 

The ever-enigmatic Budukusu complimented Dr Pushkin’s resounding words of wisdom on the first version of the song. However, with this new performance on the song, Winning has been given a new feel that encapsulates two different cultures and worldviews. Call it the Americanised version of Winning, and you’ve got it right. While Budukusu combines dancehall/reggae vibes with the song, Dr Pushkin goes philosophical. Wyldthang then brings an impressive flow of uplifting words capable of winning American rap fans. 

Winning was mixed and mastered by Lloyd Osei Baffour Peewezel-cue with Esi Hooper on the choir

Dr Pushkin and Collaborations

This song is Dr Pushkin’s second feature of an artist from the Austin Area. His first song was with Aggie, an artist from Austin. The song is titled Forgive Them and was released with a stellar music video resonating with the song’s quality and value.  

Dr Pushkin known in academia as Paul Azunre is expected to speak at the Ghana Natural Language Processing launch of an AI Conference series later in June this year. The event is dubbed “nhyAImu”, a Twi word which means “a gathering”. However, the “AI” in the word stands for Artificial Intelligence. nhyAImu is a collaboration between Academic City University College and NLP-Ghana. Khaya Language App, Africa’s leading speech recognition and language translation AI tool will be the focus of this event.

Themed “Unveiling the future of African Languages with Khaya AI”, the focus areas of the conference include the following:

  • Introduction to Ghana NLP and its mission
  • Overview of engineering pipelines emphasising MLOps
  • Detailed demo and guidelines on using Khaya AI’s APIs

There will also be an interactive Q & A session.

nhyAImu will take place on the campus of Academic City University College in Accra, on 12th June 2024. Time is 10am – 12pm.

Despite working tirelessly on his Khaya App, he’s gained a reputation for featuring artists worthy of the tag “artist”, and not necessarily trending artists.

Dr Pushkin is in the meantime readying a monster rap song featuring Kumasi’s finest rapper.

2024 has been a busy year for Dr Pushkin. Check out his releases for 2024 below. 

Dr Pushkin 2024 – Songs released so far 

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1 Don aka Fancy Gadam Screams ‘If’ in New Music Video

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About Fancy Gadam’s ‘If’

Fancy Gadam has once again mesmerised fans with an impressive accompaniment to his song “If”. The ‘explicit’ song performed over an endearing beat is a danceable song through which the artiste cautions his partner against not climaxing during a sexual encounter. While the subject matter may be controversial, the musician minces no words in expressing the importance of intimacy in a relationship.

‘If’ is the latest song from this prolific hitmaker from the Northern Regional Capital of Ghana.

Who is Fancy Gadam?

This musical enigma was born Mujahid Ahmed Bello on January 1, 1988, in Gurugram, a town in the Northern Region of Ghana. He eventually picked up music as he encountered more and more of the music culture of his ethnicity. As a young man in contemporary times, a fusion of his nature and trendy sound would urge him to stand out and do music professionally. 

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The young Gadam completed both his Basic School and Secondary School in Tamale, the Capital of Ghana’s Northern Region. The hurdles associated with accessing higher education did not affect his love of music; thus, when the opportunity presented itself, he pursued it. From participating in talent shows with his dance and musical prowess, he honed his talent and became ready for mainstream music. Music Industry insiders in the Northern Region saw his potential and pushed his craft leading to a breakthrough as a musician.

Despite making Waves in the Northern Region, the release of “Total Cheat” which featured Sarkodie was the defining moment for Fancy Gadam. The amazing musician was already known to be the only artist who was filling up stadia and any venues he held events. Interestingly, most of such events were hosted and headlined by himself. 

‘Total Cheat’ coincided with one of those stadia-filling moments, making Fancy Gadam a sensation across Ghana. After riding on the back of that song to nationwide recognition, he released more chart-topping songs including “Customer,” “Concrete,” and “Sofo Moko,” and several others.

His musical style is unique. He fuses Afrobeat, Dancehall, and ethnic Dagomba vibes to offer something refreshing for music lovers. 

Fancy Gadam‘s story is one that inspires; talent, perseverance, and dedication remain the key to his success. 

This incredibly talented artiste has several songs that have dominated the airwaves. In Ghana and Beyond, some of his songs are seen as what describes his stature. Notable among them are the following;

1. “Total Cheat” ft. Sarkodie: This undoubtedly is the biggest song. It is what propelled him to the rest of Ghana and the world. Many argue, there might never be another song that big from him.

2. “Customer” ft. Patoranking: This also topped the charts, and was Fancy Gadam’s first international collaboration. 

3. “Concrete”: This song proved that the artiste didn’t always need a collaboration to prove his worth. 

4. “Sofo Moko”: This was also a furtherance of his stature as an artiste.

5. “Yaka Chana”: As an artiste whose musical influences include his cultural heritage, he used this to project and celebrate his traditions. 

Fancy Gadam has many more hit songs, however, the above standout in his career per thesavannaonline‘s analysis. 

Fancy Gadam is a renowned musician from the Northern Regional Capital of Ghana.

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