The Geobek Standard: Africa’s road map to unity through music? George Beke weighs in – Ghana Music
George Beke, a Nigerian himself, has and continues to ship pan-African distinction via his lens, the Geobek Commonplace, which may be very a lot related to the problem on board.
Ghana and Nigeria have a really difficult relationship, the passive-aggressive sort you principally see amongst siblings. The 2 international locations have always traded blows, back and forth for years. But it surely’s all love in the long run, isn’t it?
Nicely, of their newest bout, one which pivots on a notion voiced by Shatta Wale on Tuesday – about how Nigerians don’t promote and assist Ghanaian artists and their music – tensions have by no means been this excessive, and with Stonebwoy now siding along with his fellow nation star it’s time to interrupt the ice, and we all know simply the place to look: George Beke’s Geobek Commonplace.
His footprint in cross-country collaborations up to now is solely spectacular. In spite of everything, we’re speaking a few man who went out of his technique to faucet unseen potential from Mozambique and unfold it throughout the continent like wildfire, giving the quite hushed nation one among her most interesting moments in music this yr – ‘Yaba Buluku’ (Remix) – a brilliant hit track by DJ Tàrico, Preck and Nelson Tivane, aka the Yaba Buluku Boyz, alongside Grammy award-winning star, Burna Boy.
In a short interview over FaceTime, the leisure mogul shared his ideas on the very tense subject: ‘’As a pan-Africanist, I really feel we shouldn’t put an excessive amount of vitality into this feud.
It should solely sow disunity which is unhealthy for the tradition and atmosphere I’m working to construct. All of us assist our artists and their music, be they from Nigeria or Ghana. They’re our delight’’.
He added, “I made an announcement earlier this yr to find and set up skills throughout Africa. My start line was Mozambique, with DJ Tarico, Preck and Nelson Tivane. Simply take a look at how far they’ve include ‘Yaba Buluku’ (Remix) via everybody’s assist.
The track is on rotation virtually in all places and they’re having fun with lot of worldwide recognition at this time. They’re touring Africa, acting at prime exhibits and above all have nominations from each AFRIMA and AFRIMMA USA to point out for it.
I don’t assume we must always level fingers. Let’s deal with creating so we are able to have fun the success of our songs as a result of collectively we stand sturdy and tall”.
All in all, there’s loads to take house from the success of the Yaba Buluku Boyz who simply launched their fourth collaboration, ‘Inform Any person’ with Nigerian songstress, Yemi Alade.
There may be certainly energy in togetherness and perhaps the narrative of Nigerians “sidestepping” music from different components of Africa, notably Ghanaian music could also be extra of a facade than actuality.
You heard the large man. It’s time to squash the feud, get again to the drafting board and work collectively. Mozambique’s Yaba Buluku Boyz had been a hit underneath the Geobek Commonplace and with plans to additionally put Ghana underneath its aegis, 2022 is actually one to be enthusiastic about.
Take heed to ‘Inform Any person’ by Yemi Alade & Yaba Buluku Boyz
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