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Entertainment Fri, 30 Apr 2004

Nana Acheampong Rides With Batman, Sidney

Nana Acheampong, Ghana?s highlife music ?Lover Boy? is undoubtedly one of the most prolific musicians that this country has produced within the last two decades.

Often quietly, but consistently Nana Acheampong has released album after album, his current ?Abu Aka Mesim? being the latest in a long string of 15 albums.

Interestingly each of Nana?s has been quite successful judging by the large number of people who sing along whenever the songs are being played.

Keen observers of music lovers have claimed that one of the most reliable methods for measuring the acceptance or otherwise of a song are to find out how many people recognise and sing along when it is being played. Nana Acheampong?s music passes that test over and over.

His music is usually difficult to classify. He experiments with many rhythms ? Reggae, Afro, Funk, Soukous ? and blends them with highlife elements and a good dosage of traditional, rich Akan messages.

Besides his readiness to experiment with several musical types, Nana Acheampong?s song releases come through to the listener as a performance. The music is on stage with all the energy and directness of a live performance.

Both qualities are carried by ?Abu Aka Mesim?, a ten-song album currently doing the rounds through Owoahene Music Production in Kumasi and U Name It Music Production in Accra.

Two of Ghana?s hottest hiplife artistes, Batman and Sidney come on board providing a rap and hiplife slant to five of the songs ? the title song, ?Twe Ben Me?, ?Brebre Obaahemaa?, ?Ever Ready? and Nea Obre Na Odie, one of the potentially hot songs.

What Batman brings to ?Nea Obre Na Odie? is phenomenal. Batman as is known by now makes any song great he features on and this track is no exception. He turns the song which would have been ordinary Nana Acheampong fare into something exciting.

His rap which is subtle but powerful, gives the song the flavour it would not have had in the process, one has a song that will be enjoyed by all. ?Twe Ben Me? which also features the artiste is no different.

Sidney on ?Abu Aka Mesim?, the title track is also another good one. Doing what he does best, he delivers his rap with lyrics that are unique and distinctly Sidney. His works on the other tracks also adds an enjoyable slant to tracks that would have been ordinary.

Nana?s willingness to flow with the times distinguishes this album from all his previous works and makes it one of his best. His featuring of two of Ghana?s hottest hiplife talents is certainly a great idea as they bring freshness to this album that has probably been lacking in his approach for quite some time. ?Abu Aka Mesim? might certainly be Nana Acheampong?s best yet.




Nana Acheampong, Ghana?s highlife music ?Lover Boy? is undoubtedly one of the most prolific musicians that this country has produced within the last two decades.

Often quietly, but consistently Nana Acheampong has released album after album, his current ?Abu Aka Mesim? being the latest in a long string of 15 albums.

Interestingly each of Nana?s has been quite successful judging by the large number of people who sing along whenever the songs are being played.

Keen observers of music lovers have claimed that one of the most reliable methods for measuring the acceptance or otherwise of a song are to find out how many people recognise and sing along when it is being played. Nana Acheampong?s music passes that test over and over.

His music is usually difficult to classify. He experiments with many rhythms ? Reggae, Afro, Funk, Soukous ? and blends them with highlife elements and a good dosage of traditional, rich Akan messages.

Besides his readiness to experiment with several musical types, Nana Acheampong?s song releases come through to the listener as a performance. The music is on stage with all the energy and directness of a live performance.

Both qualities are carried by ?Abu Aka Mesim?, a ten-song album currently doing the rounds through Owoahene Music Production in Kumasi and U Name It Music Production in Accra.

Two of Ghana?s hottest hiplife artistes, Batman and Sidney come on board providing a rap and hiplife slant to five of the songs ? the title song, ?Twe Ben Me?, ?Brebre Obaahemaa?, ?Ever Ready? and Nea Obre Na Odie, one of the potentially hot songs.

What Batman brings to ?Nea Obre Na Odie? is phenomenal. Batman as is known by now makes any song great he features on and this track is no exception. He turns the song which would have been ordinary Nana Acheampong fare into something exciting.

His rap which is subtle but powerful, gives the song the flavour it would not have had in the process, one has a song that will be enjoyed by all. ?Twe Ben Me? which also features the artiste is no different.

Sidney on ?Abu Aka Mesim?, the title track is also another good one. Doing what he does best, he delivers his rap with lyrics that are unique and distinctly Sidney. His works on the other tracks also adds an enjoyable slant to tracks that would have been ordinary.

Nana?s willingness to flow with the times distinguishes this album from all his previous works and makes it one of his best. His featuring of two of Ghana?s hottest hiplife talents is certainly a great idea as they bring freshness to this album that has probably been lacking in his approach for quite some time. ?Abu Aka Mesim? might certainly be Nana Acheampong?s best yet.




Source: Graphic Showbiz