Archive | March, 2013

AFROMUSION VIDEO REVIEW: WRITE FOR ME, BY PAAPA

24 Mar


By Afromusion, March 24, 2013
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Photo Credit: Paapa Music

Paapa , the brainchild behind Paapa Music, has recently released the video for the track “Write for Me”, which is the first track off of his Songs for Kukua album. Shot in Portland,Oregon, by FifGen films, the “Write for Me” video is a complex video, which garners various interpretations.
Signed with Skillion Records, Paapa is a talented Ghanaian musician whose creativity shines brighter and brighter in every song he creates. With songs entitled “Dear Grace”, “Jesus Cries”, “Solar”, and “Stronger”, the raw talent that Paapa exudes is incomprehensible. Songs for Kukua is Paapa’s sophomore album, following his Solar album. Paapa is talented not only musically but mentally. His ability to think outside of the box and do what is unique and new is what sets him apart from other musicians as a whole.

In the newly released video, “Write for Me”, the video is as complex as the mind of the song’s creator,Paapa. The video starts with a scene of a man writing a letter- it is unclear who is writing the letter. However, what is clear is that the letters are addressed to ‘Paapa’, therefore we know Paapa will be receiving letters, a stack of them. As Paapa starts singing, the listener is aware that he has just received a scholarship, and he will be moving to the dollar ship in order to pursue those dreams, because he feels that his dreams may not be possible if he stays with Kukua. Who is Kukua? What does Kukua represent- a person, a place, or a thing? Kukua is the personification of something but I will leave you to figure it out. The song sounds like a love song but yet he is telling Kukua that his dreams are not possible with her. As he sings about his doubt of Kukua, the song details Kukua’s response. Kukua replies, with tears in her eyes,“ Please don’t leave me, if you stay, we will find a way, so don’t leave me, if you stay we will find a way, I promise you.” While hearing the reply of Kukua, the viewers see letters being thrown away, but yet the letters keep coming, at the same rate in which they are being ripped and thrown away. Who is sending the letters? How are they getting to his house? How many letters are there? What message is stated in the letters—these are all the questions that go through the viewers mind .

As the song progresses, Paapa praises the beauty of Kukua, calling her a “queen”, but acknowledges that Kukua’s cedis and pesewas can not afford his dreams. Meanwhile, the letters keep appearing under Paapa’s door, and Kukua pleads with Paapa to stay, stating that she cannot bear to lose another piece of her, because she has already lost too many. While pleading with Paapa to stay, Paapa receives another mystery letter ( at the 2:02 mark)which states, “Now that I got your attention, you are going to receive the exact cedi note I received 18 years ago today. As soon as you finish reading this, you will hear a knock on your door .. knock, knock, knock”. There is also a cedi enclosed in the letter- Ghana’s currency. Right as Paapa is singing “alone”, he receives his framed 1 cedi, from a mystery woman who has appeared at his door. The symbolism is quite strong, between the word “alone”, the one cedi, and the words” Lets your dreams sail” written on the cedi bill, which is the same shade as the sweater Paapa is wearing. Right as Paapa is singing the words “ leave”, it is clear that the cedi that was included in the letter he just opened has “left” the table and is magically in the frame he is now holding. It is clear that Paapa is still fighting with the decision he made to leave, struggling with Kukua’s pleas to stay. In terms of the mystery girl at the door, she appears to just be a messenger, but notice that she is wearing a green jacket- it has symbolic meaning.

As the video wraps up, Paapa can be seen walking out of his apartment , with his bags in hand—while Kukua is still promising that if he stays ”we will find a way, I promise you”. It is clear that Paapa is going to leave, no matter what. What is not clear is whether or not he has the framed cedi in his packed bags. What is not clear is who is writing the letters, although it is signed “You”. Is it “ you” as in Paapa or “you” as in Kukua. The video which began with the shot of a man’s hand writing a letter, now ends with that same hand writing a letter—either the same letter or a different one- but the words are exactly the same. As the viewers see another letter being addressed to Paapa, and dated March 2031, the crumpled cedi returns. Is that the same cedi he received in the letter or is that the cedi that was in the frame? Why is it crumpled, isn’t he supposed to take it with him wherever he may be going? What is the significance of March 2031? As the song concludes, Paapa is seen leaving, walking down a green field. The green symbolizes many things – greener pastures, a place that can afford his dreams, the green U.S dollars, the dollar ship he referred to earlier in the song. The “green” represents “new opportunity”. Remember that the girl at the door was wearing a green jacket as well—she too represents “new opportunity” because she brought the framed cedi with the note that stated, “ let your dreams sail.”. As the song ends, Kukua changes her words. Instead of singing, “please don’t leave me”, the song ends with Kukua singing, “ if you leave, please write songs for me, and come back to me”.

That’s exactly what Paapa has done.

“Write for Me” Video:

Paapa music can be found at the following places:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/PaapaMusic?feature=watch
Twitter: https://twitter.com/paapamusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paapamusic
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/paapa/id349944147

AFROMUSION VIDEO REVIEW: JAYSO AND SARKODIE- LET ‘EM KNOW NOW

3 Mar


BY: Afromusion, March 2, 2013


Jayso and Sarkodie have teamed up to create the TMG (The Mind Game) album. The album will contain collaborations between the two, giving listeners a new blend of music to appreciate and respect. Jayso and Sarkodie released two songs off of the upcoming album in 2012, “Pizza and Burger”, and “I’m in Love with your Girlfriend”. In mid February 2013, the duo released their third song, “Let ‘Em Know Now”, and the accompanying video was their first animated video associated with the album.

“Let ‘Em Know Now” is the type of video that expresses its message through a symbolistic approach. The video opens up with a mystery voice explaining the difference between successful and non successful people, stating how obstacles are simply viewed as “hurdles” by the successful. Next, there is a cartoon image of Sarkodie and Jayso singing their “Pizza and Burgers” song to a sold out crowd. The mystery voice then poses the question , “Are your obstacles a financial one of perhaps the HATER?” The mystery voice continues to tell the viewers that usually HATERS will hold you back…but they won’t hold back Sarkodie and Jayso.

As the song begins, Jayso raps about how he is approaching his music hard, hitting the ground hard without a parachute, still blazing the charts, and going full force. As Jayso raps, the video correlates with his words. As he sings “Haters is out of line like a derailed train, I’m just saying, if they want to hate they should be well trained, who gonna stop me”, the cartoon version of Jayso is seen walking towards his “hater”. The “hater” is portrayed as a huge monster-like creature, in comparison to the animated Jayso. But animated Jayso, armed with his weapon, a piece of a drum set representing “music prowess” , approaches the “hater” head on, unafraid of what is before him. He runs towards the monster, singing about how “everybody wants to pull him down, but he keeps going, and at this rate(he) should be crowned.” As he runs towards his monstrous enemy, the “HATER”, who is 20X his size, he is able to slash the “Hater’s” throat and bring him tumbling down. He uses his musical token, the cymbal, to bring down his “Hater”. Remember, the monster represents all the “haters” he has faced in his life, especially as it relates to music-like haters in the music industry. But the music Jayso makes in the studio, will “let them know” what is up. Right when the animated Jayso has successfully brought down his own monstrous “hater”, the “Musichaterhene” and all of his workmen are shocked, while the animated Sarkodie is busy flirting with the animated beautiful lady. Equipped with a necklace which has a music emblem hanging from it, to symbolize that he is the “musichaterhene”, the King of the Music Haters-the Musichaterhene stands up and orders the “beast” to be released.

The “beast” is an even greater “hater”, more powerful and more deadly than the “hater” animated Jayso was forced to encounter. Seeing the “beast” , which is the ultimate “hater”, animated Jayso cries out of disbelief. Meanwhile, animated Sarkodie comforts the animated Jayso, by politely tapping his shoulder and taking a microphone. At this point, the animated Jayso had already “attacked” his haters using the piece from the drum set, and now the animated Sarkodie is about to use a different type of a musical instrument – his voice and his raps- to destroy his “haters”.
As the animated Sarkodie raps, the whole place starts to tremble, due to his lyrical prowess. The more he raps, the greater the impact. He raps about his enemies and the success he has had and hopes to continue having in the future. He doesn’t care what the enemies are saying about him—he just hopes to continue being a success. He raps about how he hears what people are saying about him, but he doesn’t really care because he will keep doing what he does and let his music speak for him. His music will “let them know” who is who and what is what.

As Sarkodie continues rapping, the “beast’ tries with all his might to keep his grip and attack him, but animated Sarkodie’s rap is just too much . Animated Sarkodie’s weapon, his rapping, is so powerful and so strong, that animated Jayso is forced to hold on to his hat, and eventually the “beast” , the Musichaterhene, and even the cute girls are blown away due to the tornado- type “musical winds” caused by Sarkodie’s rapping.
As a result of defeating their “haters”, the animated Sarkodie and Jayso are given rings which transport them to different places. Eventually they are transported to a place with lovely women and the video ends with them being pleasantly happy.

The video is cleverly done, in terms of the symbolism that is clearly displayed throughout the video. The huge monster like man and the beast represent the “haters”. Haters come in different shapes and sizes, but either way they always pose some sort of a threat. Right when you think you have overcome one hater, another one pops up, out of nowehere, like the beast. No matter how scary the haters may be, the video demonstrates that haters can be overcome if you stick with what you do best. If you focus on your skill and work hard, the haters will always be there, but your talent and skill will speak for itself and destroy them. Your talent and skill will ”let them know” that you work hard and are willing to attack all haters head on, with your weapon of destruction. In this case, the weapons are their musical talent.

TMG website: http://tmgalbum.com/index.php

LET ‘EM KNOW NOW VIDEO:Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fphrK9fKClI