“When they hear the call
How many go go?
Afflicted in the mind and confused in the soul
When they hear the call
How many will follow..”
Such is how the chorus of the soon to hit the streets “The Call” goes. Expect something unique and confidently contra-distinctive from this multi-ability artist, who is the founder of Madd Renegade; producers of workshops for artists as well as cultural events.
Kwabena Danso, popularly known as Jahwi’s style weaves dub step rhythms, spoken word touches usually in pidgin English through beat box patterns. Also, he sometimes makes his own beats as was evident in some tracks on his debut solo album; ANCIENT SOUL CRIES, which was launched at Alliance Francaise D’Accra on the 24th of April, 2013.
From Dj-ing at the age of 6 to performing on international stages, capturing life through the lens to impressing it on paper with ink, creating identities for companies to decorating walls of Accra with graffiti, Kwabena Danso, the son of a Ghanaian father and Russian mother can best be described as an artist with no boundaries to his intelligent art. The thread of his philosophy in life and art can be traced via a physical manifestation of spiritual journeys and lessons.
One can find the lyrics of “The Call” on his website (http://kwabenadanso.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/the-call-jahwi/) and identify the intricacy of his lyricism as he runs some contrasts embedded with alliterations and symbology;
“See mi tall tall like afadjato
Dem be small small nodey reach Kanto
Dem dey fall fall like alikoto
And spill dem guts like a snitch will do…”
In a world of social networks and influx of information which seemingly create a global consciousness, wouldn’t it have made more sense if more people were socially conscious like this artist? From the concept of a social mind, Professor Charles H. Cooley schools us deeper by putting it this way; “The unity of the social mind consists, not in agreement but in organization in the fact of reciprocal influence or causation amongst its parts, by virtue of which everything that takes place in it is connected with everything else and so is an outcome of a whole.”
Just like a musical orchestra is made up of divergent but related sounds, talented artists like Jahwi think outside the box without losing focus of what is in the box. You can find Jahwi’s piece “WE NO DEY FEAR HUU” on the spoken word compilation VOCAL PORTRAITS 2: KENTE LOCUTIONS here: https://soundcloud.com/vocalportraits/we-no-dey-fear-huu-jahwi-w-ansong-prod-drumnayshin?in=vocalportraits/sets/vocal-portraits-2