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STAY JAY & VODAFONE 020 LIVE CONCERT

20 Sep


Today I had the honor of talking with the one and only Stay Jay!!!That’s right Stay Jay of Shashee Wowo fame. In just a few hours, Accra,Ghana will host one of the year’s hottest concerts, the Vodafone 020 Live Concert, and Stay Jay is one of the few artists who has been selected to participate in the concert, along with 5Five,D Cryme, VIP,RnM, and D’Banj. I had the chance to speak with Stay Jay and ask him about today’s upcoming Vodafone 020 Live Concert:

Amy: Where are you from and how long have you been singing?
Stay Jay: I’m from Tema and I’ve been singing for approximately 10 years.

Amy: What was your first single?
Stay Jay: Sue was my first single and Shashee Wowo was my first hit song.

Amy: Is this your first Vodafone Concert?
Stay Jay: Yes and I am quite happy.

Amy: Why did Vodafone pick you to perform tonight?
Stay Jay: I believe Vodafone has seen my good works and knows how I am able to control the crowd and please the crowd. I have performed in the Accra Conference Center several times, at the Ghana Music Awards and other events, and I always rock the crowd .God has been so wonderful to me and God being so wonderful has given me this opportunity.

Amy: What should the audience expect from you tonight?
Stay Jay: I just finished rehearsing a few hours ago.I plan on singing 4 to 5 songs with some freestyle mixed in. DJ “Turntable Abuser” will be there on stage with me while I perform some of my hit songs. I will also throw in some new songs as well.
(Note: Stay Jay did tell me exactly what songs he plans on singing tonight but I have decided not to list them. Go to the concert and you will be pleasantly surprised by his lineup!)

Amy: Which one of your songs is your biggest hit?
Stay Jay: All of my songs have done extremely well and I am extremely grateful for it. My music is inspired by life, my community, and everything around me.

Amy: After your performance at the Vodafone 020 Live Concert, what are your plans for the rest of the year?
Stay Jay: After the Vodafone 020 Live Concert, I will be travelling to the U.K and Holland. I may come to the U.S in November for another program.

Amy: If you decide to come to the U.S, I will definitely meet you!! Have a great time tonight.
Stay Jay: Thank you.

ROAD FATALITIES:MORE DEADLIER THAN HIV/AIDS & MALARIA

15 Sep

ROAD FATALITIES: MORE DEADLIER THAN HIV/AIDS & MALARIA

By: Afromusion

The issue of road accidents and road fatalities is a very serious problem plaguing Africa. It annoys me everytime I see another new road accident article and how 20-30 -40 to maybe 50 people were hurt and/or killed in a road accident in GHANA.Today there was an article on line about how 20 people died on the Accra-Kumasi road.
Enough is enough.I went to Ghana in March 2011 and tried to meet with the Road Commission/Road Safety Commission to share my ideas/thoughts– they never got back to me. I very vividly let them know I was in the country and no one responded to the most important email regarding when and where we could meet.I even had a powerpoint presentation I was willing to share.I met briefly with AMEND.org, which is doing fabulous things in Ghana concerning Road fatalities. I talked about this when I was a contestant in a pageant.ROAD FATALITRIES ARE KILLING AFRICANS!!!! I need the government to wake up and realize that–HELLO!!!! NO ONE will be available to work in the country if all the young people are dying from road fatalities– who will maintain and sustain the country??These are all things that are important and Im willing to sit down with any nation that wants to hear my concerns regarding this issue because trust me, I have plenty of ideas and thoughts concerning this.Road fatalities will be more deadlier than HIV/AIDs– so why arent countries paying attention to this? It does NOT make any sense!!!

Below is an article I wrote last year, and I am republishing it because everything in it still holds true.And no, you do NOT have the right to republish this article without my permission, so get permission FIRST!!!:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.3 million people are killed annually and up to 50 million people are injured annually due to road traffic accidents. 90% of all of the world’s road fatalities take place in low and middle income countries. However, the low and middle income countries do NOT even have half of the world’s vehicles – this fact alone is very intriguing and telling.

“Low Income Countries” are defined by the World Bank as those countries which have a Gross National Income of $975 or less. “Lower Middle Income Countries” are countries which have a Gross National Income between $976 and $3,855, “Upper Middle Income Countries” are defined as countries which have a Gross National Income between $3,856 and $11,905, and “High Income Countries” are defined as countries which have a Gross National Income of $11,906 or more. A very high percentage of African countries do not fall within the high income category – in fact, many of them fall within the low and middle income category. Remember that the majority of road accidents happen in low and middle income countries, where road accidents are increasing. Meanwhile, road accidents in high income countries, like the United States of America, are decreasing.

Low, Middle and High Income African Countries

These are the “Low Income Countries” in Africa: Ghana, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Eritrea, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Dem. Rep, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabawe.

These are the “Lower Middle Income Countries” in Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo Rep, Djibouti, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Lesotho, Morocco, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Swaziland, and Tunisia.

These are the “Upper Middle Countries” in Africa: Algeria, Botswana, Gabon, Libya, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, and South Africa.

“High Income Countries” in Africa: Equatorial Guinea.

Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa are known to have some of the highest road fatalities in Africa. Notice how they all fall within the low and middle income countries.

Now that I have addressed the socioeconomic factors concerning road fatalities, I would like to address the type of people these road accidents affect.

Road User Type

According to WHO, out of the 1.3 million people who are killed in road accidents, almost half of the people killed are referred to as “vulnerable road users”. Vulnerable road users are people who are NOT enclosed in vehicles – these are the people who are pedestrians and bicycle, motorcycle, and moped users. In Africa, many pedestrians and bicyclists can be seen daily walking on the road. For decades, much of the world’s attention has been focused on protecting the driver of vehicles in road accidents. There has been a great deal of research conducted concerning the use of seat belts, the composition of car bumpers, the importance of air bags, etc. Much work and progress has been made in order to protect the drivers of enclosed vehicles, increasing their survival rates if their vehicles strike an object. However, little attention has been paid to vulnerable road users.

There is a lack of research concerning pedestrian and vulnerable road user safety, and as a result, they are making up nearly half of the 1.3 million roadside deaths that occur yearly. In Africa, more pedestrians are killed as a result of road accidents than the actual driver. In Ghana, 42 % of their total reported road deaths were pedestrians, according to a 2006 report by the Road Safety Commission. That was 2006. Just imagine what that rate is today because road fatalities are not decreasing- they are increasing. In 2007, the Federal Police Commission reported that 55% of the reported roadside fatalities in Ethiopia were pedestrians. In 2007, South Africa reported that 39% of their roadside deaths were pedestrians, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported 59%.

Pedestrians and other vulnerable road users who are tending to their daily activities are often caught off guard, struck, and instantly killed. Death is always a horrible thing, but in low and middle income countries, the sudden death of a loved one has a greater impact. In Africa, when the breadwinner of a family is suddenly killed, it changes the ENTIRE family dynamics and can lead families into deeper debt and poverty. If a relative is hit by a car, and does not die instantly, survival will be based on income. If the family can afford a good doctor, the affected relative will probably live. If the family can not afford medical services, the relative will probably die due to the lack of sufficient care. So in Africa, the vulnerable road users and the poor have a higher chance of dying from a road accident.

In Africa, the majority of people are dying from road accidents due to three reasons:

1.) They are vulnerable road users , 2) They are poor, therefore they do not have the means to obtain and maintain sufficient medical care when they are affected by a road injury, 3) They are competing with the drivers for the road: the driver needs the road to drive on and the pedestrian needs the road to walk on because there is a lack of sidewalks.

The significance of road accidents has been ignored for way too long and it is time for the world to wake up and realize that road accidents are preventable. Our brothers, sisters, mother, fathers, cousins, grandparents do not have to die from road accidents in Africa. ROAD FATALITIES ARE DESTROYING THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA. Road fatalities should never be viewed as the “norm”. There is nothing normal about dying from a preventable death. Road traffic injuries are so deadly that the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked it as being one of the top leading causes of death. In 2004, road traffic injuries were ranked in the top 10, placing in at # 9, because more people were expected to die from HIV/AIDS and Malaria, two diseases that are often connected to Africa. People all over the world know that there is an AIDS epidemic occurring in Africa and people all over the world know that people are dying from malaria. People donate mosquito beds and people donate to charities that promise to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. But guess what? By the year 2030, WHO expects Road Traffic Injuries to still remain in the top 10, and it will receive the # 5 ranking. By 2030, more people are expected to die from road traffic injuries than HIV/AIDS (# 10) and Malaria (does not even make the top 20 list for the year 2030).

Now do you have a better understanding of road injuries/ road fatalities and the importance and significance of it? There needs to be a broader awareness concerning road fatalities because it is killing our people now and is expected to kill even more people in the future.

Africa’s Role in Decreasing Road Injuries and Fatalities

Now we know three very useful pieces of information:

Road accidents affect low and middle countries the most.

Most African countries are classified as low and middle income countries.

Nearly half of the 1.3 million people who are killed are “vulnerable road users”, which includes pedestrians and cyclists.

In order to substantially decrease the high road fatalities that are taking place in Africa, African countries need to focus on the following areas concerning road accidents:

Road Design

Marked Pedestrian and Vehicle Space

Education

Rules and Consequences

Medical Services

African countries are supposed to be working on achieving their Millenium Development Goals. One goal involves combating diseases and another goal is aimed at reducing child mortality. These goals have been somewhat met by reducing malnutrition, providing more mosquito nets, and reducing the outbreak of measles. It is good to ensure the health of our children, but I want to make a point here. By 2015, WHO expects road injuries to be the leading cause of death for people aged 5 to 14 in the world. This should be a concern of the United Nations, and African countries should ensure that it is an issue that gets addressed as one of the goals. If this issue is ignored, African countries will see their youth dying before them. The economic vitality of African countries will suffer as their people perish unnecessarily. People are the most important resource in any country. The first thing African countries need to do is admit that road fatalities are an issue in their country- recognition of the problem is the first step.

After recognizing the problem, African countries need to do thorough road audits-internally. African countries produce some of the brightest minds in the world and there is no reason why African citizens cannot conduct road audits. African countries need to invest in their people educationally, making sure they train their people to be road and traffic engineers, civil engineers, and urban planners so that they can help build better road networks. Each community should have a road audit that is conducted annually. The road audits should show where the community roads are, and classify the intensity of their usage. Road audits should also show where all the gutters are so that the government can work on covering all open gutters, which take up road space. The road audits should also have a section that details citizen participation. The community members should know where most of the road accidents have been happening, so that the government will have a better idea of what roads need extra attention. By getting citizen participation, the road audits from each community will be unique. The road audits should also detail the design of the road and the speed limits allowed. Are the roads straight, curvy, narrow? What types of roads are experiencing the most accidents? Are the roads paved, do they have many potholes, is the asphalt broken? These road audits will “open the eyes” of African governments because they will not have to guess which roads are good and which ones are bad. The observations combined with the comments from the public will undoubtedly create useful road audits that will be valuable to the African governments. Once the audits are read and analyzed, the African governments can work on redesigning roads that are aiding road fatalities.

In Africa, there seems to be a lack of separate pedestrian and vehicular space. Both road users are forced to share the same space and this is a problem. Open gutters and vendors take up space on what could be a sidewalk area, forcing pedestrians to walk on the roadside, directly adjacent to vehicles. African governments need to create space specifically for the pedestrian. In Ghana, you will see sidewalks in the city, in the area around the Kotoka International Airport and around the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The further you leave the main downtown, the less likely you are to see sidewalks. When I am in Dansoman, there are few sidewalks; when I am walking to A&C Shopping Mall I have to walk on the street-there is a major lack of sidewalks in Ghana and Africa as a whole. The MPs within the governments need to fight for their people and get sidewalks to protect them. African governments need to invest in the public health of their people because HIV/AIDS and malaria are no longer the only issues killing their people- road fatalities are killing millions of people. African governments need to build pathways for pedestrians. By providing a marked permanent space for pedestrians, there will be less foot-traffic on the actual roads, reducing the amount of road fatalities in African nations. Vehicles will have their own space and pedestrians will have their own space.

In Africa, there needs to be a Road Safety educational revolution. Schools need to include road safety into their curriculum, pastors need to address the topic in their sermons, radio announcers need to discuss it on their shows, and hair dressers need to make it a topic of discussion – it needs to become the new “hot” topic in African countries. When I was in Ghana in 2007, the country had a wonderful advertising campaign that made people aware that the Ghana Cedi was about to change. They had a great catchy commercial that went like this: “There is no change in value. The value is the same.” The commercial and the song were so hot and so catchy that EVERYONE was singing it- from the kids to grown adults. Ghana is very good at creating catchy commercials that appeal to EVERYONE while spreading an important message at the same time. African countries need to create billboards and commercials that spread the message of road safety in a way that gets everyone singing and dancing the way people were singing and dancing to the currency commercial back in 2007. (If you go to YOUTUBE and type in “new Ghana cedi” you can view the commercial I am referring to).

In Ghana, Bice Osei Kuffour, a.k.a Obour, worked on a Road Safety campaign in collaboration with the Road Safety Commission, and created a popular song that addressed the importance of wearing seat belts. The campaign was very successful. Through songs and education, African countries will be able to make people aware of the road safety problem while also offering solutions.

African countries also need to make it known that they are serious about fighting road fatalities. Drivers need to be heavily fined when they hit pedestrians and pedestrians need to be fined when they are seen committing an act that could pose a threat to vehicular traffic. Drivers also need to be heavily fined for “hit and run” incidents-when they hit a pedestrian and drive off. Fines and penalties are always a good way to get the attention of people while also altering their behavior.

African countries also need to establish road injury units in their hospitals. I know many African countries will claim that their coffers are dry and that there is a lack of nurses and doctors to tend to the patients they already have. However, African countries need to realize that many of their citizens are dying as a result of not getting sufficient medical services. Many people would not die if they were able to get good medical care, and that would reduce the overall road fatality statistics. If African countries could find the space and the resources, it would be advantageous in the long run. African countries need to be pro-active and realize that every single human life is important and needed for the economic success of the country. One preventable death is one too many. African countries do not have to build new hospitals, they simply have to rearrange their focus, until the issue of road injuries and road fatalities is no longer a threat to society.

If African countries conduct road audits that include citizen participation, clearly separate pedestrian and vehicular space, revamp their educational curriculum, create cool public service announcements and commercials that address road safety, create and enforce high fees for drives who hit pedestrians and for pedestrians who cause traffic conflicts, and ensure that their hospitals are equipped and ready to save people who are suffering from road injuries, all the countries will see a decrease in road fatalities and it will no longer be a public health crisis in Africa.

SARKODIE: ON LIFE, MUSIC, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

10 Sep


Written by Afromusion (Sankofa Radio/AfrikanPost)
Afromusion : https://afromusion.wordpress.com
Sankofa Radio: http://www.sankofaradio.com/
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SEPTEMBER 2011:

Everyone encounters people who are rare and extraordinary. There are people who merely come and go, and then there are those one or two people who you briefly encounter, but yet they stand out the most in your mind. Sarkodie is among the latter, a rare and unique person with the ability to captivate even the most unsuspecting individual.


A few days ago, I was afforded a unique opportunity to meet, greet, and follow Sarkodie as he prepared for his first concert in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Sarkodie, Ghana’s King of Rap, was in town to show another nation his skills and ability. It was his first time in the U.S, his first time in D.C, the first weekend after Hurricane Irene, the first week after the first major East Coast earthquake, and his first time sitting down for an in-depth behind the scenes interview—Sarkodie was intertwined in a lot of “firsts”.

As I walked down the long and majestic halls of the hotel in which he was staying, I finally reached my destination, knocked on the door, and was greeted by three men: DJ Mensa, another young man, and Sarkodie. Surprisingly, Sarkodie was standing in the back of the group, very innocently and somewhat reserved. Sarkodie is an observer- he mentally soaks up everything around him, similar to the way a dry sponge soaks up water. With this being our first meeting, it is safe to assume that we were both mentally cautious of each other. I didn’t know how far I could go with my questions and he didn’t know what I was going to ask and how I was going to ask my questions. What I did find out very quickly is that he is a man who does not waste words- he says what he means and means what he says, so you better pay attention.

Lesson 1: Sarkodie does not waste his words

The most noticeable things about Sarkodie are his voice and his eyes. His voice is as rhythmic and fast-paced as his freestyle. As he talks and says simple things about his childhood and work, it’s almost like he is singing a tune due to his naturally melodious and relaxing voice. At the same time, it is quite fast. ‘Do you ever bite your tongue when you’re rapping that fast?’ One word reply: “No.” Sarkodie, dressed in a very simple black outfit and chain, seems shy, in terms of his off-stage presence, but he is not afraid to look you dead in the eye. Sarkodie talks directly into you, with his piercing eyes, which in a way have a hypnotic effect. His glare is so intense that if you are not careful, you will forget what you are saying and lose your train of concentration because it is so direct, as if he is tapping into your inner consciousness. But everything about Sarkodie is intense. Sarkodie wants to know how long the interview is going to be and has issued a reminder that he needs to get some rest before the concert. Sarkodie is serious. A joke is cracked. No laugh from Sarkodie. More intense staring. Sarkodie is intimidating and intense. If anyone knows how to make anyone nervous, it is Sarkodie.

Lesson 2: Do not waste Sarkodie’s time

Born and raised in Tema, Michael Owusu , a.k.a “Sarkodie”, was his mother’s fourth child, out of five children. Sarkodie attended Achimota Prepatory and Tema Methodist Day Secondary. During his early days of rapping, Sarkodie looked up to Obrafour, another Ghanaian rapper. “Obrafour was someone I followed when he came out. He’s a good rapper,” said Sarkodie. Sarkodie began writing his own songs by the time he reached Class 4 and found himself inundated in the world of rapping and rhyming. After receiving a certificate in Graphic Designing from IPMC (Tema Branch), Sarkodie delivered shocking news to his whole family. “After IPMC, I got a job working for a billboard company but I did not take it. Instead I was thinking about the studio. The moment I see computers and a studio, I get inspired,” Sarkodie stated. Inspired by the studio, Sarkodie broke the news to his family that he wanted to concentrate on making music instead of working a “normal” job. However, Sarkodie assured them that he’d pay the bills with his music, he just needed time. According to Sarkodie, “wherever your heart is, is where your treasure is” and he knew his heart was in music. Free from employment responsibilities, Sarkodie was free to make music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Lesson 3: Sarkodie knows what he wants and goes after it. He is not afraid to take risks.

Sarkodie’s family has always been a musical family- his mother is a singer, along with his little brother. “My family is fun,” Sarkodie states matter-of–factly. Not only is his family fun but they love music, and according to Sarkodie, “my dad LOVED Michael Jackson.” In fact, Sarkodie received the birth name of “Michael” due to his father’s adoration of Michael Jackson. There is only one Michael Jackson. And there is only one Sarkodie. Learning that Sarkodie was named after Michael Jackson led to the discussion of names, and the importance of names in regards to success. How important are names? Very important, according to Sarkodie. In fact, the name “Sarkodie” was an intentional name Sarkodie picked out for himself. The name “Sarkodie” is not part of Sarkodie’s birth name at all. While growing up, Sarkodie’s father had at least two friends who went by the name “Sarkodie”. Sarkodie realized that both men had the same name and were also very wealthy, so at a very early age, Sarkodie equated the name “Sarkodie” with wealth. Sarkodie revealed that he “loved the names Antwi-Buasisako and Sarkodie. There’s something about that name.”

Talking about Michael Jackson, an artist whom Sarkodie also admires, seemed to relax him. The more he talked about music, the more relaxed he became. Eventually, Sarkodie insisted that I show him my moonwalking abilities. My moonwalking abilities were never discussed because it’s not worth bragging about, but Sarkodie insisted that the moonwalk be done.

Lesson 4: Sarkodie is quite convincing and persuasive. He is also very direct and precise.

The moonwalk was done..in 5 inch heels… but it was done-without any Michael Jackson music playing in the background. ‘Hey Sarkodie, are you going to show me your moonwalk skills now that I have shown you mine?’ Answer: No. ‘Not at all?’ Answer: No.

Lesson 5: You can not make Sarkodie do anything he does not want to do. Period.

Sarkodie is quite funny. As time goes by, he becomes funnier and funnier, adding to his already unique character. Now his radiant Colgate –like smile is apparent and his intense glare has softened a bit. When asked about the progression of his career, Sarkodie states that he did a lot of free shows in the beginning, at secondary schools, and other places all over Ghana. “The first interview I ever did was for 4Syte TV. They were the first people to put me on TV. The first time I appeared in a video was with Edem. He did a song that featured me approximately 3-4 years ago, and it was the video for the song entitled, “U Dey Craze.” When asked about the first time he recalls hearing his song on the radio, a slight grin appears on his face as he gleefully recalls the moment. “ I was at the barbershop, when all of a sudden I heard “Baby” (with R2Bees). So I kept it to myself.”

Managed by Duncan Williams, Sarkodie’s first major show was Joy FM’s “Night of the Stars.” Sarkodie points out that he didn’t have an album or a song when he was asked to perform, but he took the stage confidently with his freestyle. It was the same freestyle he was showcasing all over Ghana, the same freestyle he had used to “murder” 25 MC’s on a local radio show. “You do know what murdering an MC is, right?” Yes. “Wherever you are coming from, you capture the place first and then you move forward,” says Sarkodie. “Fans have to remember you. I want to go international, but I know my limits. Daddy Lumba is a star because he is unpredictable and not that accessible.” Just like Daddy Lumba, Sarkodie is not that easily accessible and far from being predictable. It seems like Sarkodie is releasing music every week- it is very hard to keep track of all of his songs and collaborations. On his computer, Sarkodie displays the various soundtracks producers have sent to him, all awaiting lyrics. In the beginning, Sarkodie would write down the lyrics to songs and get the beat later, but now, due to his success, there is a large supply of beats awaiting his rhythmical freestyle magic. Sarkodie frequently verbally stamps his songs with the phrase ”1 tyme for your mind”. What does that mean? It’s simple. According to Sarkodie it means,”you don’t have to hear me twice to believe that I’m good.” Sarkodie is confident.

The D.C concert is Sarkodie’s second stop on his U.S tour. He is slated to go to Boston, Colorado, Atlanta, and other U.S cities in the following weeks. Having already performed in New York City, Sarkodie expressed his observations about his U.S fans, stating that, “people here in the U.S are more hyper because they are hungry and they have never seen you perform in person. And surprisingly, the people here know all the words to all of the songs.” While in the U.S, Sarkodie is being managed by TM Entertainmentz. The CEO of TM Entertainmentz, Terry Masson, a strikingly handsome man, stated that he got into the entertainment business because he “loves music”. TM Entertainmentz has been responsible for Sarkodie’s overall well-being and seems to be setting high standards, keeping Sarkodie on schedule and ensuring that he gets to his events well rested and prepared. It all goes back to Sarkodie’s statement: wherever your heart is , is where your treasure is.

Around 2:10 am, Sarkodie was in his hotel room, preparing to take the stage at the D.C concert which was occurring a couple of floors below him. Although the room was packed with people and their random conversations, Sarkodie was not paying attention to them- he was in his own world. Surrounded by speakers, a computer, and an empty Jamaican pineapple juice bottle, Sarkodie was sitting with his back up against the corner wall, listening to Tracey Chapman. Amidst all the noise and commotion, Sarkodie was literally singing a duet with Tracey Chapman’s timeless song “I’m Ready” , and it was breathtakingly beautiful. Sarkodie marches to a different beat-his own. Sarkodie, known for his fast rapping abilities, was just as prolific of an artist singing a slow uncomplicated song.

When the time came for Sarkodie to perform for his fans, he stood a couple of feet back from the main entrance. While all of the members of his management team and security were busy discussing issues, once again, Sarkodie did things his own way, running on to the stage with a microphone in his hand, thrilling the fans with his high energy. Dressed in all white, from head to toe, a cross chain, Adidas sneakers, and dark tinted sunglasses, the stage only contained him and DJ Mensa- that’s all it needed! DJ Mensa and Sarkodie performed live (no lip-singing), giving the audience an intimate show to remember. With the microphone in his left hand, Sarkodie randomly chose songs to perform, because he has so many chart toppers. The crowd knew every single word to every single song and DJ Mensa and Sarkodie kept them entertained the whole time. The show ended with Sarkodie bringing fans on to the stage to display their Azonto-dancing skills to his hit song “U Go Kill Me”. The D.C crowd was well prepared to show Sarkodie what they were made of, and boy did they bring it!!

After the concert ended, Sarkodie took a few pictures with some of his fans, and headed back to his room. Back in his room, Sarkodie plopped onto his bed, and stared at the wall. When asked what he was thinking, the sneakerless and sunglass-free Sarkodie replied in a coarse voice that he was simply thinking about the show and preparing himself for the next one. As a kid, Sarkodie had two main dreams: to become a doctor and to become an artist. Music was his third dream. If Sarkodie is this great at making music, which is his third dream, imagine what kind of doctor he would have been if he had stuck with his original dream? In the words of Michael Jackson, Sarkodie is a “bad” man, who is “workin’ day and night”, “making a change” in the music world, making everyone “feel real good” “knocking us off our feet” ,and has all of us “ rocking the night away” and “shaking our bodies down to the ground” with his lyrical prowess. As long as Sarkodie continues , and doesn’t “ stop till (we) get enough” then “the way (he) makes (us) feel” will continue to be a “thriller”. There is nothing common about Sarkodie. All the words in the dictionary are incapable of capturing the essence of Sarkodie because he is more than just an artist- he is a living icon.
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Fun Facts about Sarkodie:

Favorite T.V Show: Keeping up with the Kardashians
Favorite Food: Rice and Egg Stew
Fill in the blank: I can not do without: Music
Favorite Sarkodie Song: Life
Song that shocked him when it became a hit:Borga
Performers he would like to collaborate with: Jay Z and Busta Rhymes

Stay connected with Sarkodie:

Twitter: @sarkodie
Facebook: Sarkodi Obidi

SARKODIE -DC CONCERT

3 Sep

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Sarkodie Obidi was in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C, September 2, 2011. Hours before the concert, Sarkodie granted me an exclusive interview. Stay tuned for the riveting interview and exciting facts about Sarkodie… in the meantime, while you wait–please see some of the photos from Sarkodie’s concert…but the best, never before seen photos will be included in the article–stay tuned…: