Posted in Ghana, Student Projects

Jesus is very MIGHTY!

 

As soon as this song came on I knew I was going to love it.  “Mighty Jesus” by Ghanaian artists Edem, Jayso, & E.L. is a Christian hip hop/rap song. These artists are using their God-given talents to give thanks to the highest of highs. It’s very crazy how God works. Who would have known that this song would come up for me to review. This song is something that I definitely needed to hear during this time in my life. Every morning before I start my day I play music similar to this song.

Some of my favorite verses:

  1. “You think you walk on this path alone.. oh no you must give all glory to God.” I had to learn to not go through life feeling like I was alone. I had to start praying more, and having real conversations with God. Two is always better than one. That doesn’t mean I have to be in a relationship, which is usually what first comes to people’s minds when they hear that saying. Of course, this could refer to friendship or family, as well. My main relationship that I am focusing on right now is the one with the Mighty Jesus. When I fall, he is always there to lift me up. Companionship is important; He gives me purpose, and my ultimate goal in life is to fulfill my true purpose that he has called me to do.
  2. “The only power source I know, the only battery in my back…Jesus Christ.” Everyday I thank God for everything he does and everything he will do. He is my light in this world. I sometimes forget that I’m strong, but this pain that I’m dealing with is only temporary. We must all never forget that God has the best plan for us and he will not give us anything we can’t handle.

I will be sharing this song with my family friends. I want everyone to listen to this song every morning before they get their day started. This song makes me very happy and that’s how I want everyone to feel when they wake up in the morning!

 

Link to Song:

Edem’s Twitter:
@iamedem
Jayso’s Twitter:
@jaysoskillions
E.L.’s Twitter:
@ELgh_
Posted in South Africa, Student Projects

Spoken Word or Rap?

Iain Robinson a.k.a Ewokessay is a freestyle battle and Slam champion, Hip Hop activist, South African rapper, and a spoken word flavored Hip Hop activist. Ewokessay writes and recites rhymes, raps and poetry of a performative nature.  He considers this to be the core of his career. He has been a student of Hip Hop history and culture since he first learned to love Graffiti in early high school.  Since then he has been devoted to discovering how he can get to play my his part as a practitioner of Hip Hop arts. When it comes to his words you can tell that he tries study things that either interest or upset him.  The interesting things seem to be his inspiration. In his blog he states “Spoken Word is the combination of all of my inputs and outputs, some rhyming, some comic timing, some serious jiving and some straight shooting without the ducking and diving.”

His song Master In Charge is a powerful combination of words. His platform can be used at his advantage. The way all of his words just flow together makes you want to hear what else he has in store.

My favorite verse from song:

  1. “I know where I’m gonna be 20 years time, still on the mic rapping old man rhymes.” I think that his confidence is at the right level. His word flow is unstoppable and he is on his way to the top.

 

Link to Song:

https://soundcloud.com/ewokessay/master-in-charge-mic

Twitter:

@Ewokessay

Facebook:

@iainEWOKrobinson

Posted in South Africa, Student Projects

Team Dibi

Dibi is a hip hop lyricist from Port Elizabeth but resides in Johannesburg. He graduated from AFDA film school in 2015. and has directed two of his own music videos. His most successful song of the year is a song titled “Golide” which was in the Top 10 on Yfm’s Hot 99 Hip-Hop Chart. Dibi was also recently crowned the winner of the #DAMNKendrickBattle competition that was created by Universal Music Group SA (in partnership with Trace Urban and Yfm) in which he has to battle 7 other rappers to take home a prize. The current single he’s promoting is entitled “Thugs & Love”  featuring the Maftown rapper, Coopay. Furthermore, Dibi is now in the Artist Boot Camp Top 10 going head to head with 9 other musicians in hopes to take the number 1 spot. Dibi is also in the top 27 for an upcimng rap show titled “Rap4Me” hosted by the multi award winning artist, Emtee. Dibi is now currently working on the final phases of his EP that has not yet been titled. The project is due for an early 2018 debut. He is promoting his upcoming EP by releasing freestyles every Friday. Dibi has started a campaign titled #FreestyleFriday. It’s a campaign which sees him post a video on his social media profiles as well as the internet every Friday, in which he does a cover/rendition over popular songs using his own lyrics. The campaign is mainly to create a buzz for his 2018 project So far, he has released six #FreestyleFriday videos in which he’s covered local as well as international songs.
Link to Song:
Youtube Channel:
Twitter:
@TheOnlyDibi
Facebook:
@TheOnlyDibi
Instagram:
@SirDibi
Posted in Student Projects, Zimbabwe

Willie-B Hopes to Reach the Souls of His Audience.

 

Panashe Wilbrod Pfunye, better known by his stage name Will-Broad is a 22 year old Zimbabwean rapper. He has just released his promo track to his debut single entitled Only Son. The song is a fusion of African Jazz and Hip Hop. From a young age, Will-Broad music has always played a major role in his life. He started writing r&b songs at the age of 12, but soon realized that his passion was more amplified when he focused on music that would preach about life lessons and the sharing of different stories that he saw different people experiencing. Will-Broad started his rap career years later as he was free-styling as a joke with a couple of his friends. In November 2016, he then met up with members of Afro Kreative music and Fashion Gang records where he recorded his first few tracks. At the time he was a “trap” rapper, but in early 2017, he was then guided at Enlisted International records, where Victor Mhonde better known Victor Enlisted encouraged him to focus on jazz based hip hop. Will-Broad is Known by the names Willie-B and Guest The Ghost in different parts of the country.

The song speaks about how he is willing to do anything to succeed but fear what I might be forced to do in order to succeed.  Awareness of what you want to do in life is the first step in succeeding. Many times people just accept how comfortable they are in their lives. Only you can help you be a better person. What is the vision you have for yourself? Just like feeding our bodies, the soul needs to be nurtured on a daily basis. One great tool is to write down your visions. Your visions help keep your mind on all the good things that you want. Willie-B is an artist who hopes to reach the soul of his audience through his music. I think this song did just that.

 

Link to Song:

https://soundcloud.com/iamwillbroad/onlysonmp3download

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/iamwillbroad/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/iamwillbroad

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/iamwillbroad/

Posted in South Africa, Student Projects

N-jay.52 Has an Ocean Special

I had the pleasure of reviewing one of N-Jay.52 songs once again. Njabulo Skondo (born September 26, 1995), known as N-jay.52, is a South African rapper from Engcobo, Eastern Cape. N-jay.52 embarked on his musical career as a teenager releasing a mixtape that sparked the birth of 3rd Grave 1.0.2. In 2011 he released his first mixtape titled The Son of Victoria and the following year, he released a sequel of the project, The Son of Victoria:2.

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Posted in Diaspora, Nigeria, Podcasts, Student Projects

Student Project: 5 Nigerian Artists to Know

This is a special episode produced by our students for their project looking at Nigerian musicians: In our episode, we are focusing on the top five Nigerian artists that have an influence in American mainstream media. We are giving you a breakdown of these artists, their beginnings, and of course, a listen to one of their most popular songs. Each artist has their own distinctive style and sound, and some even do much more than just sing/rap. Continue reading “Student Project: 5 Nigerian Artists to Know”