Audio of Thursday, 21 January 2021
In Oct 2010, Ghanaian-British multi-disciplinary artist, M3nsa released the critically acclaimed ‘No. 1 Mango Street’ album.
Some 10 years later, the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards nominee has partnered with yoyo tinz, a cultural firm documenting Ghanaian hip hop society on a sequence of pursuits to rejoice the floor-breaking album.
“I am incredibly honoured by how they arrived as a result of and reminded me that my new music is even now so suitable even 10 many years right after,” claims M3nsa of the partnership.
The 14-monitor album contains admirer favourites these kinds of as ‘BRKN LNGWJZ,’ ‘No Just one Knows,’ ‘Fanti Enjoy Tune,’ and ‘Adjuma.’
Launched by Selorm Jay and Essé Dabla-Attikpo, yoyo tinz encourages, paperwork, and archives “hip hop culture in Ghana and over and above, with a potent emphasis on sharing information about the society and the societies from which they are produced.”
The routines contain a campaign to support the ongoing Kickstarter to back again the release of M3nsa’s ‘Bondzie -Speak Up’ challenge.
Known for his function as one particular of the pioneers of the Hiplife/ Afrobeats scene in Ghana, M3nsa is also a person 50 percent of songs duo, FOKN Bois together with Wanlov the Kubolor. He is also a member of the Ghanaian-Hungarian duo, RedRed.
M3nsa has collaborated and shared stages with the likes of Damon Albarn, Flea from Pink Incredibly hot Chilli Peppers, Femi Kuti, and Asa. He has also produced songs for FOKN BOIS, M.anifest, and Nneka.
He was born Mensa Ansah to a spouse and children celebrated for their tunes and imaginative work. M3nsa’s father is Tumi Ebo Ansah, the renowned guitarist of Osibisa. He is the nephew of adorned Ghanaian film director, Kwaw Ansah and the late Kofi Ansah, a very well-renowned trend designer.
For 20 years and counting, M3nsa carries on to push the boundaries of what is supposedly the Ghanaian and African seem with his amazing, witty, and satirical lyricism.
MuseAfrica.com caught with the Ghana Tunes Awards nominee for a fast job interview about No. 1 Mango Street, and ‘Bondzie – ‘Speak Up.’
Go through job interview down below:
MuseAfrica.com: What helps make yoyo tinz the suitable lover for the 10-year anniversary of No. 1 Mango Street?
M3nsa: I almost didn’t understand it was the 10th anniversary with all that has been heading on this calendar year and all the new material I have been producing these previous couple of months!
And this is why YoYo Tinz is the fantastic lover: they know about Gh HipHop, and they are constantly acquiring distinctive techniques to help the society. And they remembered this milestone.
I am pretty honoured by how they arrived by and reminded me that my tunes is even now so pertinent even ten several years after. So significant kudos to them, and I couldn’t have hoped for a improved spouse, to be straightforward.
MuseAfrica.com: The function you did on the album is revered (and rightfully so) in the Ghanaian tunes room. In your estimation, what’s the effect of the album after 10 many years?
M3nsa: I attempt to make songs that transcends time.
A ton of the subject issue in the music resonate with lots of Ghanaians ( not exclusively ). And there is no expiry day for this kind of matter. I hope younger people today that were much too young ten decades back can nevertheless discover an outlet and a link with it.
I feel this album’s attractiveness has usually been the reality that is really specific even in its lyrical complexity, and the sound has often been out of the usual boxes but continue to links with our DNA. This album confirms that there are no principles in audio and I can personal my exclusive audio.
If persons are however listening to it 10 decades later, it is not because of nostalgia, but mainly because it is nevertheless very applicable to them. And that is all that issues.
MuseAfrica.com: What is the contemplating powering asking the community to enable fund Bondzie – ‘Speak Up’?
M3nsa: We have to be practical. The audio industry is leaving bread crumbs for African Artists, as standard.
I lately read something about MF Doom’s extraordinary role in Hip Hop’s history, and a single of the items he confirmed us is the existence of sustainable paths outside the house of the system.
If people still appreciate my audio, I am completely ready to associate with them to make it take place, alternatively of “partnering” with folks who want to exploit it or really do not appreciate it.
Let’s be genuine. I have more than 300k followers involving the unique social platforms.
If they came together, I could launch audio every single 12 months for no cost for them and just make it our ecosystem. I don’t want to be also extensive, but the imagining at the rear of crowdfunding is the only doable imagining if you nonetheless want to make fantastic audio and not compromise with what is imposed by the field.