Ghanaian music has a richly varied history. From the distinctive traditional rhythms and styles found in each region of our country, to the Highlife melodies, the HipLife explosion and today's Azonto, Ghanaian musicians have proven to be highly gifted and creative musical trailblazers.
Paapa (known privately as Kwaku hMensa) is one of Ghana'a finest talents on today's musical scene. A truly skilled musician, Paapa plays a variety of instruments, many of which he taught himself from a young age.
If forced to put Paapa's music into a category, his musical genre could be described as Contemporary Alternative Christian R&B. That said, his music is simply good. People of all faiths, (or of no organized faith at all) can easily and closely relate to the themes expressed in his beautiful songs. The melodies of his music can be enjoyed by people of diverse musical tastes and of any age.
His sophmore album "Songs For Kukua" tells the story of a young Ghanaian man named Kwaku who leaves the girl he loves (Kukua) to pursue academic opportunities in the US. While Kukua loves him very much, she understands that he needs to leave her to improve his opportunities in life. Kukua says, if Kwaku has to leave, at least he should write songs for her ("Write For Me"). We soon learn that Kukua is not a girl but is actually an artistic representation of Ghana, which was founded on Wednesday March 6, 1957. Songs for Kukua tells Kwaku's story of love for his country (Kukua/Ghana), his growing faith and love of God and his experiences adjusting to a new life in a foreign country.
Songs For Kukua was launched at a sold out concert recently at Alliance Francaise Accra and is a remarkable work of art by a young Ghanaian artist with a bright future ahead of him. Find a copy for yourself either online or at the AccraPremium offices. Skillions Records proudly presents, Paapa!
XOXO - Melissa
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