Fulbright and mtvU sent students around the world to study and promote "the power of music." Check out their blogs here.

Da Hip Life Episode 3- Interview with Jean Feier

Jean Feier is a Ghanaian artist who spent a good portion of her childhood in Europe; she’s a German national who also lived in England and Ghana. All three countries have left their mark on her personality and artistry, and she speaks many different languages! She draws influence from the music of her many cultures – grabbing bits and pieces as she sees fit. She just released her first EP – a six track offering called 93M Child – as part of Ghana’s up-and-coming Royal KCMG collective. Intensely in touch with her own emotions, her life equally shines through the lyrics and musical backdrop. Yes, she’s a rapper, but in line with today’s musical trends, her music continues to blend genres and bend definitions.
› Continue reading

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 Thoughts, Video No Comments

Da Hip Life Episode 2- Interview with Klu

Klu is one of the most prolific artists I’ve ever met. As he began his career, he set the ambitious goal to release 12 mixtapes in only four years. Yes, you read that correctly, in order to “find himself” as an artist, he put out TWELVE free full projects for the masses, honing his skills and experimenting with different sounds. He is an emcee and a producer, and he keeps his circle tight. While he has songs with some of the biggest names in Ghana (Edem, Sarkodie, Joey B etc…) he will not work with just anyone. His artistic integrity won’t allow it. Before making a beat for someone or rapping over another producer’s work, he must be able really to understand his fellow artist. He needs to comprehend what they are doing with their music and where they are coming from. Most of his production, under the slightly varied KluMonsta or King Klu monikers, features members of his collective The Royal KCMG, his girlfriend and fellow artist Jean Feier, or it winds up hosting his own vocals.
› Continue reading

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 Thoughts, Video No Comments

Sham and Fateen’s Graduation

graduates & instruments

April 15th was the graduation concert of two Bait al Oud students, Sham Ghaleb and Fateen Kanaan. It was both a jury and a concert; a committee of musicians rated their level of accomplishment as oud players. The hall at Bait al Oud was filled beyond capacity, with late-comers standing wherever they found a spot.
› Continue reading

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 Thoughts No Comments

Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs)

The stage and hosts

Not everyone is afforded the opportunity to attend a major, national awards ceremony. I won’t say “never,” but my career aspirations will probably keep me away from the accolades and/or money required to grab a ticket for, say, The Grammys. But in early April, I was able to secure a seat at the Vodaphone (sponsored) Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs). It was quite an experience and one that I will never forget! There WAS a red carpet filled with press cameras, TV personalities as well as screaming fans. There were pre-show interviews about which designers the celebrities were sporting, their pending nominations and other aspects of their personal lives. There were rows of seats in front reserved for all of the biggest names in Ghanaian music from High Life legend Daddy Lumba to up-and-comer Mz. Vee, hip life mainstays Edem and E.L, and international stars like Yemi Alade. I was pleased to see many artists take the opportunity to shine light on social issues from the recent tragedy in Kenya to the struggles with Boko Haram.
› Continue reading

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 Thoughts, Video 1 Comment

Da Hip Life Episode 1- Interview with Edem

Da Hip Life is the newest series from Da-What shining a spotlight on the Ghanaian music scene past and present. Episode 1 kicks off with Edem, one of the biggest artists out there.
› Continue reading

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 Thoughts, Video 5 Comments

Archives

In partnership with Fulbright