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Experience the Magic: Dr. Pushkin’s ‘OFFGRID’ Revolutionizes Sound

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The Genesis of OFFGRID

OFFGRID is a mark of untouchability. It is the standout element for an enigmatic performer who enthrals fans with deep and entertaining music.

What happens when an artist stages an industry-standard event, pays for all aspects of it, ensures there is an honorarium for all guest performers, and gives fans three and a half hours of back-to-back musical performances? That is what OFFGRID served fans of Dr Pushkin.

There have been conversations about artists investing in their craft, however, the dynamics have never been fully discussed. Most artists resort to paying bloggers, presenters, deejays, and stream farms for brand growth. However, the fans have rarely been the centre of the “gifts” that grow brands. Even when artists decide to go beyond the traditional promotional plans, a relative lack of ingenuity retards the effects.

Realizing the importance of having a solid fan base, artists can create promotional antics that further endear them to fans. Beyond the gains associated with being a “hit” artist and one associated with the trends, it is worth acknowledging the effects of a “cult” following. The cult following is what follows you as an artist when the hits no longer drop.

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OFFGRID

To fully enjoy the stature of having such a following, an artist must seek to get closer to their fans., this is what Dr Pushkin used OFFGRID to achieve. The event was used to bring the conscious rapper close to his fans in Accra. Setup in a way that allowed easy access to Dr. Pushkin, fans did have the opportunity to interact with him aside from enjoying the energetic performances.

Who performed at OFF GRID?

TeriWiizi performing at OFFGRID
TeriWiizi performing at OFFGRID

For many artists, the struggle to grow is saddled with the competition with other artists, however, the positive effects of collaborations cast dents on such thoughts. While seeking to leave an impression on the minds of fans, Dr. Pushkin also sort to bring colleague musicians along. Bringing other performers to off-Grid was Dr. Pushkin’s effort towards sharing fans and also adding more exhilaration to the experience of his fans. True to his intention, the guest performers proved to be an awesome addition to OFF GRID.  Teri Wiizi, Aphee, Ataman Nikita, Kwadjo Spiri, Tradey, Gold Ganq, Walter Wani, and Silky Pablo, were the guest performers.

About Dr. Pushkin’s OFFGRID

The much-publicized OFFGRID by Dr. Pushkin and friends came off on the 13th of May 2023. Featuring an array of impressive rappers, singers, and the eclectic dance group Afrozig Divas, the event was a breath of fresh air for fans of Dr. Pushkin. With good music, free drinks, and sumptuous kebabs, Dr. Pushkin ensured the 4hrs were thrilling to fans.

For the first time in a long while, an artist with a focus on growing his brand set out to thrill close friends and fans to an exclusive performance. For Dr. Pushkin, this was the first opportunity to give Ghanaian fans a feel of his body of work. Having blessed SXSW in Texas USA with an impressive performance, the rapper journeyed to Accra, Ghana with a repertoire that represents his journey through the years.

Despite the free nature of the event, attendees could only access the event by RSVP. This was to give the conscious rapper the opportunity to prepare for his guests.

The nature of OFFGRID

OFFGRID came off at the serene and spacious Diddies Pub & Bar located inside East Legon, Accra. Despite the location, Isolirium Entertainment set up an industry-standard stage with lighting, as well as a PA system that could be likened to any musical event. Security for the night was also provided by Ghana Police.

OFFGRID was fully funded by Dr. Pushkin and his Isolirium Entertainment.

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Kundivi Mahama enchants with new single

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Kundivi Mahama Afara'nga

Afara’nga is here.

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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.

Kundivi Mahama
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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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A screenshot from Fancy Gadam's 'If' video

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. 

A screenshot from Fancy Gadam's 'If' video
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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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