FOKN BOIS TO DROP A TRIBUTE TO HIGHLIFE, HIP HOP AND AFRO-JAZZ FROM GHANA

FOKN Bois just jumped on the Hobo Truffles instrumental compilation and the rest is history! Fans have been keeping up with the duo persistently, waiting for yet another dope pack of sounds merging the two voices which together add the necessary spice to pitch Ghanaian hip hop to that acme it deserves. FOKN Dunaquest in Budapest EP shook through sound boxes and melted ear wax in April, 2011.  Ten months later, the duo known for their satiric twist with music that mostly touches on socio-political issues released FOKN Wit Ewe.

In the midst of the stiff-stale smack set of cliché themes being used in music from this space and the myriad of ‘flashy’ music data dying out quicker than one could say ‘eh’, FOKN Bois write works which are nothing like the everyday tunes- digging rhythms like black gold for the Ghana streets and beyond as well as lifting the bar on each stroke.

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Album cover

If you’re yet to catch the vibe, it’s not too late to join the tribe- it is the FOKN Ode to Ghana LP dropping on June 30th. Our prediction is that the collection of 21 well-knitted pieces would reek of Ghanaian spaces, Africa’s carefree neglect, springing or watered-down dreams, soft screams, loud silence, combustion of colours, rhythm which walks under the skin, vibes which fill the stomach and lines which cling to the mind, and of course amazing home-brewed music! But hey this team is known for surprises! It’s great to know the album; “a FOKN tribute to highlife, hip hop and afro-jazz music from Ghana” will be released from none other than the warm portals of Ghana’s biggest hip hop promoters- Yoyo Tinz.

Wanlov opens up about the process behind the production, that it all started in 2014; “M3nsa and I were inspired by the beat collection of Hobo Truffles and decided to work on the whole compilation, originally called Ode to Ghana.” In connection to keeping the substance that the afro-musical beat package was made of and for, the duo decided to not change the titles which each beat had already been given and rather work around the themes.

“The entire work was recorded between Budapest and Accra;” Wanlov echoes. Aside audio, the duo come with entertaining visuals like Coz Ov Moni– the first pidgen musical film in the world released in 2010, produced and featured in by the FOKN Bois and directed by independent Ghanaian filmmaker King Luu. The spectacular Coz Ov Moni 2 was released in 2013.

Critics say there’s never been such a unique socially-conscious at the same time musically talented duo in Ghana ever so vivid with their descriptions and open with their thoughts. So while you’re flooded with the currents of humour and tossed by the tides of sarcasm pouring from the FOKN music, don’t forget to find the enlightenment in between- the music is made to speak to and through you.

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Author: Kwame 'Write' Aidoo

Kwame Aidoo, also known as Write is a fond reader, writer and lover of music and the arts, with a degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Tech., Kumasi and a certificate in Cultural Organizations in Transition from University of Lüneburg. He founded the creative activism movement: Inkfluent which curates Slam Ghana, The Write Experience, Vocal Portraits poetry albums, Slam Lab and the biggest literary festival in Ghana; Nkabom Literary Festival. Aside Ghana, where he is based, he has shown work in Brazil, Togo, Austria, France, Benin, Germany and Burkina Faso and most recently Norway with Aurora Ekvatorialis; a light sculpture and texts collaboration with Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen, exhibiting at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, 16.9.2016 – 15.1.2017.

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