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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Lala Shishi :Gasmilla – Telemo

Lala Shishi :Gasmilla – Telemo

Lets throwback to 2015. Telemo was one of the biggest afrobeats song from Ghana in 2015. The song was played on every radio and every party/event. This song is still relevant today because of its interesting message, it talks about how the struggles of young men in Ghana with respect to women. We would love to explain it to you on Lala Shishi.

According to Gasmilla “Telemo” has two meanings; the amusing side and the meaningful side. The amusing side being “Oyawo kakla yoo, aafↄlↄ bo tamo shito loo, telemo”, meaning you have gone in for a “knife lady” and she’s cutting you up like grilled tilapia, carry it’’ and the meaningful side is “esani ole, Nyↄↄŋmↄ gbeↄ ni ayeↄ meaning you should know, Its God who kills, for us to eat. Even this large sea, is able to overflow its boundaries. In the end my fans should remember that you can do all things through  God, hard work and determination.

sane f33 sane ni baaba naabu ak3 wye) djee kakla ak3 fo)This translates ; when an issue comes we dont use a knife to solve it instead we talk it out. Gasmilla is implying instead of war and fighting we should resort to peaceful dialogue to settle issues. 

“oya wo kakla yoo, aafolo bo tam) shit) loo telemo af) shit) eha bo, agben33 asha bo tam) ada nngoo, telemo onn33 blowman, oofu chichi oonaa eko oma, telemoThis translates ; you’ve gone for an iron woman now she is “grinding” you like shrimp , You’ve gone for an iron woman now she is grinding you like fish from Ada ( Fishing Town In Accra) .

onye egbo, ost3 egbo aana bo tam) abotia koo y3 k)l)ko, y3 koliko abuu bo 3ha nyafua ko sani ole nyungb) gbe) ni aye), nyungb) gbe) ni aye) yinsh)) gadjaa n33 po 3faa ni 3yi), 3faa ni 3yi) ooo ” Your father is dead , your mother is dead.. You are seen as a goat , you have no respect in this community yet you dont humble yourself.

 

Telemo’s message is simple ; Cut your coat according to your size.

Lala Shishi – explain the song, in Ga.

Every week, we will shed some light on the meaning of current hits in and out of Ghana: many bangers have an underlying message or social commentary, carried out using sophisticated and ever evolving wordplay – an aspect that is vastly lost in translation. The music videos don’t always unlock the true meaning or intricacies of hit songs, and lyrics alone are not always enough to understand the numerous double entendre and wordplays, so… here we go!

 

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Flowking Stone & Kirani Ayat get VGMA nominations.

Flowking Stone & Kirani Ayat get VGMA nominations.

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Lala Shishi :Gasmilla – Telemo

Lets throwback to 2015. Telemo was one of the biggest afrobeats song from Ghana in 2015. The song was played on every radio and every party/event. This song is still relevant today because of its interesting message, it talks about how the struggles of young men in Ghana with respect to women. We would love to explain it to you on Lala Shishi.

According to Gasmilla “Telemo” has two meanings; the amusing side and the meaningful side. The amusing side being “Oyawo kakla yoo, aafↄlↄ bo tamo shito loo, telemo”, meaning you have gone in for a “knife lady” and she’s cutting you up like grilled tilapia, carry it’’ and the meaningful side is “esani ole, Nyↄↄŋmↄ gbeↄ ni ayeↄ meaning you should know, Its God who kills, for us to eat. Even this large sea, is able to overflow its boundaries. In the end my fans should remember that you can do all things through  God, hard work and determination.

sane f33 sane ni baaba naabu ak3 wye) djee kakla ak3 fo)This translates ; when an issue comes we dont use a knife to solve it instead we talk it out. Gasmilla is implying instead of war and fighting we should resort to peaceful dialogue to settle issues. 

“oya wo kakla yoo, aafolo bo tam) shit) loo telemo af) shit) eha bo, agben33 asha bo tam) ada nngoo, telemo onn33 blowman, oofu chichi oonaa eko oma, telemoThis translates ; you’ve gone for an iron woman now she is “grinding” you like shrimp , You’ve gone for an iron woman now she is grinding you like fish from Ada ( Fishing Town In Accra) .

onye egbo, ost3 egbo aana bo tam) abotia koo y3 k)l)ko, y3 koliko abuu bo 3ha nyafua ko sani ole nyungb) gbe) ni aye), nyungb) gbe) ni aye) yinsh)) gadjaa n33 po 3faa ni 3yi), 3faa ni 3yi) ooo ” Your father is dead , your mother is dead.. You are seen as a goat , you have no respect in this community yet you dont humble yourself.

 

Telemo’s message is simple ; Cut your coat according to your size.

Lala Shishi – explain the song, in Ga.

Every week, we will shed some light on the meaning of current hits in and out of Ghana: many bangers have an underlying message or social commentary, carried out using sophisticated and ever evolving wordplay – an aspect that is vastly lost in translation. The music videos don’t always unlock the true meaning or intricacies of hit songs, and lyrics alone are not always enough to understand the numerous double entendre and wordplays, so… here we go!

 

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Kumasi (Oseikrom) based Ghanaian rapper Flowking Stone releases a band new video titled "Let them Know". Let them know is one of the songs of his recent album Gifted II . The song  which is a fusion of 60's Ghanaian highlife and hiphop trap beats was produced by...

New Video Alert: Kirani Ayat ‘Shugah 2x’

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Buzzing Ghanaian act Kirani AYAT comes through with this brand new video for "Shugah 2x."  Shugah 2x is one of the songs on his EP, Her Vibe Is Right. Its a fusion of different genres ;house music, highlife and afrobeats.  The video brings out the beauty of the song,...

Flowking Stone & Kirani Ayat get VGMA nominations.

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Madina-based hip hop sensation, Kirani Ayat's song Guda has been nominated for Best Video of the Year in this year's Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA). Although, there are equally good videos in this category , the fact that Ayat's video features rich Ghanaian...