NiiQuaye – Atomic Muse

NiiQuaye – Atomic Muse

Atomic Muse is a major step on NiiQuaye’s musical trajectory; a body of work which reflects the time and experience Nii has gathered on stage, blending musical genres and collaborating with a wide range of artists.

Unlike the vast majority of his Ghanaian producer colleagues, NiiQuaye is also a musician, an arranger and an in-demand band leader. Over the past few years Nii has developed unique expertise at the junction between pop culture and seasoned musicianship, which in turn allows him to permeate his productions with the organic subtleties only a live band can develop together.

Atomic Muse is a dedication to Accra’s Atomic Junction, where Nii spent most of his life, and which has become the creative nexus of his work. The area is an urban junction as well as a creative one, a geographic and artistic hub where Nii has experimented and fine tuned his sound. Working the live circuit and playing for all sorts of artists is the backbone to his spirit of inclusiveness and experimentation, which is evident throughout Atomic Muse, a 14 song project split into two releases.

This first volume presents Nii’s work with an exciting roster of talent: female rising stars such as Cina Soul, GoodGirl LA, Sister Deborah and T’neeya, acclaimed wordsmiths Wanlov the Kubolor and Ko-Jo Cue, as well as heart warming voices from Nii’s camp, BiQo, Alee and Boyd.

With its ear to the street and its soul deeply lodged in Ghana’s rich melting pot, Atomic Muse is a record with the potential to reconcile jazz and azonto fans alike, a significant step towards bringing performing arts back at the heart of Ghanaian popular culture.

 

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NiiQuaye – Atomic Muse

 

Atomic Muse is a major step on NiiQuaye’s musical trajectory; a body of work which reflects the time and experience Nii has gathered on stage, blending musical genres and collaborating with a wide range of artists.

Unlike the vast majority of his Ghanaian producer colleagues, NiiQuaye is also a musician, an arranger and an in-demand band leader. Over the past few years Nii has developed unique expertise at the junction between pop culture and seasoned musicianship, which in turn allows him to permeate his productions with the organic subtleties only a live band can develop together.

Atomic Muse is a dedication to Accra’s Atomic Junction, where Nii spent most of his life, and which has become the creative nexus of his work. The area is an urban junction as well as a creative one, a geographic and artistic hub where Nii has experimented and fine tuned his sound. Working the live circuit and playing for all sorts of artists is the backbone to his spirit of inclusiveness and experimentation, which is evident throughout Atomic Muse, a 14 song project split into two releases.

This first volume presents Nii’s work with an exciting roster of talent: female rising stars such as Cina Soul, GoodGirl LA, Sister Deborah and T’neeya, acclaimed wordsmiths Wanlov the Kubolor and Ko-Jo Cue, as well as heart warming voices from Nii’s camp, BiQo, Alee and Boyd.

With its ear to the street and its soul deeply lodged in Ghana’s rich melting pot, Atomic Muse is a record with the potential to reconcile jazz and azonto fans alike, a significant step towards bringing performing arts back at the heart of Ghanaian popular culture.

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Appietus – Two Decades of Hiplife Hits

Appietus – Two Decades of Hiplife Hits

If you think of the architects of hiplife, the sound which dominated Ghanaian airwaves from the mid 1990s going, a handful of key music producers come to mind immediately: Hammer, Zap Mallet, Jay Q, and… Appietus.

These beat titans have left such a deep mark on the Ghanaian music landscape, they remain very influential figures to this day, with Appietus in particular making regular appearances on TV and radio. So it’s a special honor – and pleasure – to work hand in hand with Appietus on this fantastic collection of hit songs, which are very much alive at any gathering in Ghana, but which somehow remained scattered and not always accessible.

The gap is now bridged, and these hiplife classics are there for the world to enjoy. The compilation features chart topping names such as Praye, Wutah or Barima Sidney, as well as forgotten names such as Cash Unit, who’s song Ayoo was one of the top songs of 2011.

Today, as afrobeats takes over the world, remember these are the songs that took over Ghana, this is the first generation of digitally produced Ghanaian music, the first iteration of Ghanaian music fused in with hip hop. In other words, this is a very significant step on the path to afrobeats, or to put it even more bluntly: this is a piece of history!

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Appietus – Two Decades of Hiplife Hits

If you think of the architects of hiplife, the sound which dominated Ghanaian airwaves from the mid 1990s going, a handful of key music producers come to mind immediately: Hammer, Zap Mallet, Jay Q, and… Appietus.

These beat titans have left such a deep mark on the Ghanaian music landscape, they remain very influential figures to this day, with Appietus in particular making regular appearances on TV and radio. So it’s a special honor – and pleasure – to work hand in hand with Appietus on this fantastic collection of hit songs, which are very much alive at any gathering in Ghana, but which somehow remained scattered and not always accessible.

The gap is now bridged, and these hiplife classics are there for the world to enjoy. The compilation features chart topping names such as Praye, Wutah or Barima Sidney, as well as forgotten names such as Cash Unit, who’s song Ayoo was one of the top songs of 2011.

Today, as afrobeats takes over the world, remember these are the songs that took over Ghana, this is the first generation of digitally produced Ghanaian music, the first iteration of Ghanaian music fused in with hip hop. In other words, this is a very significant step on the path to afrobeats, or to put it even more bluntly: this is a piece of history!

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