A blind Liberian recording artist, popularly known as the ‘The Blind Nimbaian Gospel Musician,’ is in dire need of financial assistance to make two gospel albums, amidst these difficult times in the country, to give hope to the hopeless through his songs.
Evangelist Joseph N. Yeanay said he is on the hunt for US$3,000 to record his albums, each of which would have six tracks, mostly sung in his vernacular, Dahn.
Yeanah made the disclosure recently when he visited the offices of the Daily Observer on MacDonald Street, Monrovia.
The 40-year-old blind musician disclosed that the albums would mark his 10th and 11th, respectively.
“The songs have already been written through an inspiration from God, and we have been in practice for over a month, we are just in need of US$3,000,” Yeanah said. “We want to use this medium to appeal to every Liberian and non-Liberian to come to our aid to help us give our people hope.”
Yeanah says he became blind in his hometown, Gbain in Nimba County, few days after his birth on March 25, 1974, after a bath from a midwife.
As a young boy, he gained interest in singing and subsequently became a blind songster in Gbain. When he moved to Monrovia, he joined the ELWA United Liberia Inland Church and then recorded his first album in 2003 entitled, “Ciaa Nuenae” (meaning Hell Fire).
The following year (2004), Yeanah made a six-track album entitled ‘Yes Jesus!’ In 2005 and 2006, he made ‘Victory over Death’ and ‘Let’s Get Closer to God’, respectively.
Due to the lack of support, the Yeanah didn’t record in 2007, but in 2008, he came out with the ‘Satan has created conflict’ album.
The success of the each of his albums contributed to the next.
Yeanah released a recording each year from 2009 to 2012. “Because we don’t have the money, we want to make the 2013 and 2014 albums together. That is why we need US$3,000,” the musical evangelist says. “God’s Divine Favor and Let’s Praise the Lord are the names of the two albums.”
He also said: “Most of the songs will be done in Dahn, and we believe when they are recorded, the songs will give our people hope and encouragement amidst this deadly Ebola outbreak and hardships.”
Mr. Yeanah is married to Mrs. Janet Yeanah who is also his lead back-up vocalist. Other vocalists on production team include Habakkuk M. Henry, Samuel F. Mulbah and Katia Saye. Yeanah and his wife are blessed with five children, namely: Abigail, Salome, Josephine, Victor and Josiah. He can be contacted through the ELWA United Liberia Inland Church or through cell number 0886452392.
Nigerian pop duo P-Square have shot a music video with American rapper T.I. for a song "Ejeajo" on their forthcoming sixth studio album.
Their album is one of the most anticipated albums in recent times in Nigeria, it will be interesting to hear the direction they’ll be taking their body of work.
P-Square’s older brother and manager Jude Okoye was also present at the shoot.
But many African music lovers believes that P-Square, which is considered one of Africa's top musicians, did not really surprised their fans -the way they used to; this is how one fan of P-Square put it: "Psquare! i love you guys but you let me down with this song! for christ sake,this is just like lionel richie going into rap or afrobeat.....stick to do what you do best.
you guys are still my number one :)."
But according to P-Square, the music is all about saying what is true -the fact:
This new video "Ejeajo" is nothing but testament to that fact. Raising the bar a bit higher this time around, PSquare went all out to recruit one of the U.S’ hottest rappers and hitmaker, T.I. With their 6th studio album set to drop in a jiffy, the magical duo overcame a family rift and subsequently released 3 singles off the upcoming album. "Ejeajo" is a contemporary pop tune spiced with a sprinkle of Afrobeat and archetypical Michael Jackson dance steps even the late singer would be proud of. Directed by the ever reliable Clarence Peters and elder brother to the duo, Jude 'Engees' Okoye, the video does absolute justice to the song itself. If you're a fan of electric pop and quick dance steps, you'll definitely love this one. Check it out!
Tour 2 Garde "Massaka" a new dance and song is for the entire village, party, club, townhall, and so on. The song will have you dancing and shaking your bum, feet and head. Tour 2 Garde considered themselves to be an Ivorian Hip Hop group. The group new jam is a hit .
As soon the song hit online, the group informed their fans and suppoters: "At last the sound clip that will make you dance all these holidays. The Makassar, new sound, new dance."
French: Voici enfin le clip du son qui va vous faire danser toutes ces vacances. Le Makassa, nouveau son, nouvelle danse.
Listening to Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali’s newest album Tzenni is like enjoying a complex and meticulously prepared meal. Like an aromatic spice, her striking voice adds richness to each song, combining gorgeously with guitar, bass, drums and the ardine – a Mauritanian string instrument. Some of the songs are even named for types of food, like El Mougalmen – a Mauritanian dish which mixes spices and flowers. The song’s lyrics blend many unrelated themes, reflecting the amalgamated nature of her work.
Noura Mint Seymali grew up in a family of musicians and says she is deeply influenced by their work. This lineage gives her album a sense of historical depth, as if the listener is enjoying something that took decades to prepare. And such tradition is important to Seymali – she says that she wants “the music of Mauritania to be known around the world” – however, one of her trademarks is also fusion. She combines the traditions of her country with a litany of genres that include Tuareg guitar rock, blues, hip-hop, flamenco, reggae and funk.Yet, of course such fusion is not something completely new. Seymali’s father, Seymali Ould Mouhamed Vall, brought Arab musical traditions together with Mauritanian ones when he studied in Iraq many decades ago.
An interesting local versus international dynamic has arisen with Seymali’s career. Seymali and her husband Jeiche Ould Chighaly (who plays guitar with her, and also has his own musical career) tour internationally, yet they also still play at weddings and baptisms in Mauritania. Speaking about such local performances the two are modest. They say that such shows are easy for people like them, people who grew up in families of griots where music is ubiquitous. They joke that if someone called right at that moment and asked them to do a concert, they could go do it right away without any rehearsal. “Griots,” Jeiche Ould Chighaly says, “do not need to practice for marriages.”
Yet, it is clear that playing at concerts and baptisms requires a high amount of technical skill and local social savvy. Mauritanian music has its own tonal scale and a complex system of five musical modes – performing at a wedding means moving through all of them. Weddings in Mauritania, explains manager and band drummer Matthew Tinari, can get particularly rowdy; some families hire security guards for crowd control.
Translating the traditions of a Mauritanian griot to the international stage isn’t always a straight forward task either. Seymali and her band have already toured Africa, Asia and Europe and are just starting to tour in the United States. Touring internationally requires mastering a different set of social and technical skills from that of the Mauritanian wedding scene. The days before concerts, Seymali explained, are full of “rehearsals, rehearsals.” Playing in so many settings, explains her husband, requires knowing “how to find the taste of the public.” Of course, like any good performer, they make their craft seem effortless on stage.
Her lyrics, beautiful enough to be enjoyed with or without the music, reflect her constantly changing, complicated musical skills and context. The title song, “Tzenni,” makes this clear:
Everything turns, everything changes. Nothing in this life is stable; everything can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes life brings happiness and sometimes sadness. What real decisions can be made, what course can be taken in a world that’s always changing?
There’s a dynamic contemporary culture of poetry in Mauritania, and Seymali both writes her own words, and draws on the work of the poetry community of her home country. Matthew Tinari calls the work of this community an “open source” body of work which many artists draw on. “Tzenni” also reflects the work and stamina required for their lifestyle: “We joke around about it,” explains Tinari, “running around like crazy, trying to hustle.”
Though Noura Mint Seymali says she sings to show Mauritanian music to the world, she also just likes making audiences happy. The richness of her music ultimately comes from Seymali’s meticulous engagement with her country’s history, with the current global music landscape, and with her own personal journey as a musician. Turn it up and let it fill the nooks and crannies of your room.
The Noura Mint Seymali band will be performing in New York today alongside Teddy Afro at Summerstage in Central Park.
Bracket new jam "Nana" is hitting the air-way, from Nigeria to Ghana, and from Uganda to Liberia and all around the World. Bracket Nana is here, and it's a soul song for all the lovers. Vast and Smash, collectively known as Bracket, know how to make a good and feel-good music; they are the same group who sang "yori Yori," and this was one of the best Afrinan hit ever. Bracket is a Nigerian musician.
Bracket new video is realese by Ape Planet Records; it was directed by Clarence Peters. below is the video.