One Life


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I just watched BTS footage of Worlasi’s process crafting his new song One Life which features songstress Sena Dagadu, has Qube on the boards and Six Strings for additional, well you guessed it, strings.

The track and it’s visuals officially drop tomorrow and all I can say is, anticipate!

Here’s why.

Worlasi is real. His music is a raw expression of his feelings and that IMO, is how music should be. More importantly however, it’s challenging and insightful. It forces you to question your circumstances and leaves you wondering how you didn’t think of it before.

The biggest takeaway for me from the footage is One Life’s message to atheists; make heaven on earth; and theists, if heaven is your ultimate goal, how about a practice run on earth while you can and also leaving a slice of heaven behind for your descendants.

I think most people with heaven as their end goal tend to detach from present realities to the point where they care very little or not at all about the world (think the Crusaders and Jihadists) and Worlasi beautifully conveys this.

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Realer than a Fante Van Damme. 🎨: Bright Ackwerh

There’s also the message about making the best out of our lives, taking risks, making our time alive worth it. We do after all, have just one life to make things happen. Your choice.

I haven’t yet heard the song but I imagine it’s gonna be overflowing with even more wisdom and introspection Worlasi seems to cough out easily each time.

While we’re at it, I’ma go put in some work and jam to his thoughts on DJ Juls’ Man Go Talk. I’ve got just One Life to be Formidable anyway.

Peep the footage below and follow Worlasi, Sena and supremeRights to catch up. Or just follow the conversation on twitter with #OneLife

Peace.

UPDATE: I originally wrote that the song and video would premiere yesterday, April 15. Turns out it will on Monday instead. Friday was just a physical screening

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PREACH 2: 9-10


WORLASI is a multi-talented songwriter, painter, rapper, singer, beat maker and imho, poet.

POETRA ASANTEWAA is an amazing and equally talented wordsmith, fashion designer and creative honcho á la yobbings. She’s possibly Ghana’s dopest spoken word act.

Worlasi I know personally, Poetra, not really, but have a crush on (gosh how many crushes do I have now? yare yare)

Anyhow, both creatives are set to release bodies of work just after each other, the former I believe on the last day of September and the latter next month.

Coincidence? Maybe.

Fate? Well isn’t that the possibility!

I’m excited for both projects, Worlasi’s Nus3 which is Ewe for Strength and Poetra’s in your face, jaw gaping title, Motherfucktitude: the NAKED ones.

I’ve no idea what direction Poetra’s work is gonna take. My guess is, a planet load of narratives that honestly explore feminism, race and humanity in beautiful rhyme that doesn’t scream amateur hour accompanied by that sensual voice that roots you to the spot. More importantly however, based off her Instagram poetry stints, I am confident the potency of her thoughts will dump you in a dark tunnel where that blinding yet difficult to grasp light at the end is wisdom we badly need.

Motherfucktitude: the NAKED ones

Motherfucktitude: the NAKED ones

And with a title like that, I’m ready to first motherfuck my ears into euphoria then scream my lungs out, motherfucktitude!

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That’s the cover for Worlasi’s mixtape. It beautifully captures the spirit of the “you’re your own master and slave” mantra. Let’s pretend that’s me instead of Worlasi in the photo. I’m more a slave to my whims, easily letting negativity get to me instead of picking myself up like a boss and screaming motherfuck the world and just doing me (forgive me, Drake’s Over is blasting through my ears atm).

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Hiplife On A String: Adomaa’s Ingenuity


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Ghanaian music continues to undergo a metamorphosis into what can only be described as awesome! From Osibisa’s early beginnings, Gyedu-Blay’s euphoria evoking baritone voice and trumpet to Efya’s soulful, powerful yet peaceful voice, Sarkodie’s tongue twisting antics to Pappy Kojo’s funky Fante bars, Worlasi’s language chasm bridging  afrobeat raps and songs, I daresay this is a revolution and all praise to technology, the revolution is being televised, at least on the internet anyway.

Over the past year, Ghanaians have jammed so hard to Sarkodie and Castro’s Adonai and Stonebwoy and Sarkodie’s Baafira that from time to time, I often momentarily get sore from hearing these songs.

That can be quite the chore but perhaps no more. Curtains parted, spotlight on, stage smoke rising, silent anticipation, onto the stage, Adomaa.

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Agorkoli


Premiere Poster

Premiere Poster

Agorkoli, Cause of Hogbetsotso, an animation that tells the story of the migration of the Ewe people, premieres later this evening at the British Council and I am excited about it. Somewhat.

Somewhat because the trailer for the animation released a few weeks ago kind of zapped my initial excitement from last year. As my illustrator/animator bud Kobe explained to me, the process of animation is rather hard work and even more overburdening in Ghana thanks mainly to very limited collaboration between artists, leaving usually just one guy to do everything – draw backgrounds, characters, animate, add effects, write and direct the animated films – among other reasons. I should thus be considerate and considerate I am. This is a start at the very least and I look forward to the future with much optimism.

That notwithstanding, I’m more interested to go see what manner of storytelling is employed in the animation; the complexity of characters, subtle cultural references, the protagonist vs antagonist angle etc.

I’m especially looking forward to what creative twist they put to the infamous story of the wicked King of Notsie, Agorkoli. Other good things to look forward to are the musical scores by rising afrobeat crooner Worlasi amongst others.

Agorkoli, Cause of Hogbetsotso should be fun and I pray the universe it lifts me off the ground, even if by just an inch.

Check out the trailer below.

Can’t stop, Won’t stop: Worlasi on the Rise


In a vast field of unbelievably similar looking, boring and lusterless music, it is every miner’s dream to strike gold or better, diamonds. Given a certain dearth of original and challenging artists on the Ghana music scene, WORLASI, the baritone “AY3 ADZ3” crooner is a diamond in the rough.

ACCRA [dot] ALT team member, KADI, got chatty with the artist over SMS to understand what he and his craft are all about, and generally, gather his thoughts on a number of related and random subjects._MG_8806

Looking into the future.Photo credit Socialite Photography

ADA: Who is Worlasi?

Whoa! That’s a packed question. Let’s see. I’m Worlasi. I make music, I paint. I’m just another kid expressing his emotions and experiences the best way he knows how. Truthfully though, I’m yet to discover myself completely. I can’t lie to you, I don’t know myself.

 Get the full gist here.

 

Chale Whats Up


Worlasi (LGI) and Juelz Tintin come together to spit about some of the ills they see in society, in a fun and succinct way, with a beat that is not only unique, but one that adequately allows them to tell their stories.

Worlasi is a rapper, singer , producer, artist and Juelz is a rapper. Both are students of Takoradi Polytechnic.
The video is a Yaw Skyface production.