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Big dreams - sometimes I try to make them true

Posted by abocco on Thu, 06/08/2006 - 06:09 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

I have always had great ambition, big dreams and difficult goals I set for myself. Maybe it stems from the heights people around me have reached or the joy that comes with accomplishment. These traits could have been embedded in my personality because of the environment I grew up in and other situations I found myself in. So when I heard the 'lyrics' of Wutah's 'Big dreams' the other day, I wondered if other people who may not have been academically, socially and financially fortunate like me also had 'big dreams'. If they did, how did they realise them?


Wo kunu kotebea mu - Supporting our own through thick and thin

Posted by abocco on Fri, 04/14/2006 - 13:12 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

That read funny when you read it huh, Wo kunu kɔtebea mu. This piece of Twi translates to 'When your husband enters a challenge or goes through difficult times...." This is the name of Sidney's (Nananom fame) latest album, the same one that has 'Obia nye obia'. In the title track, 'Wo kunu kotebea', it implores the nation (Ghana) to stand behind the president in times of difficulty and also encourages wives to defend their husbands and vice versa in times of trouble. The play on words during the song makes it clear Sidney wanted to use the controversial aspect of the way 'Wo kunu kotebea' sounds to sell the track, however, it has very good messages in it.


Obia nye obia - the class debate

Posted by abocco on Sat, 12/03/2005 - 06:32 GhanaThink Managing Executive


...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

As if "Yefri Tuabodom" wasn't enough controversy for one summer, Sidney (Rap ninja) reminded everyone who the most controversial hiplife artiste was. His latest album gives us "Obia nye Obia", a song which preaches equality across the breadth of Ghana, in terms of respect, education, money and class. He argues that we all came from the earth and shall return to it, and so no one is above any one. In essence, everybody is nobody because a somebody is anybody/nobody after all. This statement doesn't sound too harmful until you hear a shoeshine boy telling his customer who works in an airconditioned office, "obia nyÉ› obia, wonyÉ› obia, me nso menyÉ› obia".


Efie ne fie - Home Sweet Home

Posted by abocco on Tue, 11/08/2005 - 02:22 GhanaThink Managing Executive


...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

I was 'shiing imprÉ›' (dozing off) in my international development class as a result of inadequate sleep. When my lecturer mentioned, "now, we shall see a movie about manufacturing in Ghana", I became wide awake. The movie was rolled with highlife playing in the background, and my mind tuned to the memories of riding around Kumasi and hearing Paapa Yankson's music blare through music shops' speakers. Home is where the heart is - Efie ne fie aka Home sweet home.


Da Abuskeleke and 16 years debate

Posted by abocco on Thu, 09/22/2005 - 01:00 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and see-ins on the scenes

Okay, so I really want 2 write a blog about da subject of 'mini-skirts',abuskeleke dresses, and permit me, not 2 add a picture 4 that. You can google the keywords if you r interested. You'll find some interesting results.

One of the popular songs on the Ghanaian music scene this year has been "16 years". This song talks about teenage sexual assault on and molestation of girls and advises men to desist from the practice. Why? Cuz if the latter doesn't control himself from chasing young girls, they'll tell their parents, and then, you know, the law would take its place.


TuabOdOm and Kumasi on the same page

Posted by abocco on Sun, 09/11/2005 - 06:51 GhanaThink Managing Executive


...Sounds on da ground and see-ins on the scenes
One Ghanaian song that has received a lot of airplay and publicity this summer is
'Yɛfri Tuabɔdɔm'
. This song, released by Nkasei narrates a true story where a teacher and his students, from a school in Tuabɔdɔm, a town in da Brong Ahafo Region, trek to Kumasi to attend a students' congress. Yɛfri Tuabɔdɔm is da song they sing, as jama, or their cheer, threatening to show Kumasi kids 'who is who'.


Hip'life'-band music

Posted by abocco on Fri, 09/02/2005 - 15:53 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and see-ins on the scenes

Hip'life'-band music