Will I Ever Get To The VGMA?

So the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was the center of attention once again last Saturday 8th April 2017. 
If you had a show that day and suffered poor attendance my sympathies go out to you. 
Ghanaians love the VGMA and are either watching on TV or at the show themselves taking up the job of fashion police and satirist for the evening with social media.
If you thought Ghanaians didn’t care about fashion, the VGMA will change your mind and give it a bow tie to rock whilst the changing goes on. The event could easily have been mistaken for a fashion show.
The “who are you wearing?” question however pissed me off. It was an irritating question that hinted at a lack of content to be discussed by guests. Did every guest on the red carpet need to be asked that question?
I am not much of a fashionista so let me save my rant. 
Now as an artist i asked myself, “Will I ever get to the VGMA? Will it be one of my future highlights?”
Gospel singer, Joe Mettle, VGMA Artist of the Year 2017, in an interview after the awards said that he doesn’t make music with the VGMA in mind. Impact is what he looks out for.
I resonate with that goal. As an artist impact is what I aim for. I aim for my art to touch people and make them happy, reflect, ponder and hopefully change their attitude about something depending on what the poem or song is themed on.
If an award comes along as a result that’s great. If I am recognized for championing a cause, awesome. 
Awards help in the impact process. Your popularity increases and you are afforded a platform to make a change. 
Its tricky sometimes as there is tug of war between the pleasures of fame and reality but if you are grounded in your purpose you will make a difference.
As my video comes out tomorrow I know not where it will take me. People will like it and people won’t. This is my first step in putting out a video. Failure being the mother of success, I am on a path to victory. 
Go out there and be the best you can be. If you get an award for it that’s great. If you don’t continue until you reach your goal. Remember an award sometimes is not in line with your objectives.

“Not all who are crowned Kings are really Kings. Not all fiancées who get rings are really the Queen. Certificates are just paper the skill is really within. Awards are just indicators, the prize is really the VIM.” – Hondred Percent

Keep it One HONDRED! and watch out for the Ronning video tomorrow.

Will I Ever Get To The VGMA?

So the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was the center of attention once again last Saturday 8th April 2017. 
If you had a show that day and suffered poor attendance my sympathies go out to you. 
Ghanaians love the VGMA and are either watching on TV or at the show themselves taking up the job of fashion police and satirist for the evening with social media.
If you thought Ghanaians didn’t care about fashion, the VGMA will change your mind and give it a bow tie to rock whilst the changing goes on. The event could easily have been mistaken for a fashion show.
The “who are you wearing?” question however pissed me off. It was an irritating question that hinted at a lack of content to be discussed by guests. Did every guest on the red carpet need to be asked that question?
I am not much of a fashionista so let me save my rant. 
Now as an artist i asked myself, “Will I ever get to the VGMA? Will it be one of my future highlights?”
Gospel singer, Joe Mettle, VGMA Artist of the Year 2017, in an interview after the awards said that he doesn’t make music with the VGMA in mind. Impact is what he looks out for.
I resonate with that goal. As an artist impact is what I aim for. I aim for my art to touch people and make them happy, reflect, ponder and hopefully change their attitude about something depending on what the poem or song is themed on.
If an award comes along as a result that’s great. If I am recognized for championing a cause, awesome. 
Awards help in the impact process. Your popularity increases and you are afforded a platform to make a change. 
Its tricky sometimes as there is tug of war between the pleasures of fame and reality but if you are grounded in your purpose you will make a difference.
As my video comes out tomorrow I know not where it will take me. People will like it and people won’t. This is my first step in putting out a video. Failure being the mother of success, I am on a path to victory. 
Go out there and be the best you can be. If you get an award for it that’s great. If you don’t continue until you reach your goal. Remember an award sometimes is not in line with your objectives.

“Not all who are crowned Kings are really Kings. Not all fiancées who get rings are really the Queen. Certificates are just paper the skill is really within. Awards are just indicators, the prize is really the VIM.” – Hondred Percent

Keep it One HONDRED! and watch out for the Ronning video tomorrow.

WTF? Release Date Set

I finally set the date for the release of my album. So far the feedback I am getting is good. For that I thank God and all those who have supported and encouraged me on this project.
5th June is the date of release. It will be available on SoundCloud and ReverbNation for FREE!
Isn’t that exciting? A whole 100% discount. The reason for this will come out in the following months.
Please look out for a lyric video this week alongside pics and videos of the making of the Ronning video.
Until then keep it One HONDRED!

WTF? Release Date Set

I finally set the date for the release of my album. So far the feedback I am getting is good. For that I thank God and all those who have supported and encouraged me on this project.
5th June is the date of release. It will be available on SoundCloud and ReverbNation for FREE!
Isn’t that exciting? A whole 100% discount. The reason for this will come out in the following months.
Please look out for a lyric video this week alongside pics and videos of the making of the Ronning video.
Until then keep it One HONDRED!

How Far With Ronning

Its been three days since I released Ronning and to be honest I am not too happy with its performance.This is supposed to be my first release and by the second day I had not reached even a hundred plays on SoundCloud. So much for being called Hondred Percent.
Performance 
Ronning was released on both SoundCloud and ReverbNation on Monday 13th February 2017. 
I now know how mothers feel when they leave their children with a guardian or friends for the first time. I must have opened the SoundCloud app over a hundred times to check on the singles performance. I had let out a part of myself into the web and was worried about how the world will receive it.
At the end of the first day, SoundCloud reported 61 plays. I was happy about the performance but wished for more plays and likes, which got me wondering if I was marketing the single to the best of my ability.
On the second day it increased to 85 plays. Yesterday I checked and I was happy to see the track pass the hundred plays mark.
I also realized that I need to download SoundCloud Pulse: for creators, an app that allows artists to manage their content on SoundCloud.
My Learning Curve
Looking at the work involved in promoting my art and brand, it seems as if creating the art is easier. 
Managing yourself as an artist is hard work. Social media and WhatsApp are great but they are just tools. Using them to churn results is another learning program; and as an independent artist I guess I just enrolled.
This week alone I have had to do some serious work on my Facebook page profile. Call it spring cleaning. I have also added the lyrics to Ronning on genius with some interesting annotations.
All this is to grow my fan base and engage better with fans. To do this efficiently though one needs some apps to help. By the end of the year I will probably be experienced enough to give a talk on the do’s and don’ts as well as recommend apps that are free as well as worth the money.
Stats
So far my stats are okay. Facebook is kind of pathetic though. I have less than 500 people liking my page. This all goes to show the amount of work I need to put into my brand. 
I have to rethink how I go about my promotions and evolve into an artist that is seen to truly care about his fans and art. 
This means being more organized and engaging with fans socially online and offline.
What’s Next With Ronning
Video, video and more video. Audio is great but we love eye candy. Don’t worry, an official video is in the works. Next week a lyric video for the track will be released. For now there is a teaser video for Ronning. Lets pray that all this goes to push the brand Hondred Percent.
Keep it One Hondred! 
Now on to figure which video service is better for me. Facebook or YouTube?
Check out the Ronning teaser video here

Ronning Lyrics

Thank you guys for the performance of Ronning these past few days. The single this morning has over a hundred plays. Its a small achievement but I’m grateful for how far I have come and where I am going as an artist.
In celebration of this I am proud to announce that the lyrics for Ronning are now available on Genius.
What is Genius?
Genius explains the deeper meaning behind music.


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From the Genius about page
For more about Genius check out the full about page here 
Genius gives you a behind the scenes look at the words behind art. Within Genius you will find interesting facts and comments from the artists themselves and contributors about songs, poetry and anything that contains words.
Genius has a website and an app. I recommend downloading the app to search and contribute to content online.
Ronning Lyrics
Here are the lyrics to Ronning
She was pretty 
Very witty
She had, ‘thingys that made guys forget the cities that they came from 

Therefore they were sprung

They had T-Pain in their lungs


So therefore sung songs on
Samsung ‘cellies 
You see they wanted to be on ‘tele
Be famous just like R-Kelly
Trying to grab attention of this girl who wore
Lace lingerie,
Gucci everyday,
I mean she was black like a PlayStation 3
Walks into the room connects to guys like 3G
(G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G)


You see I had to 
Disconnect and gather my thoughts and then….
Send an SMS 
‘Cos she was just designing stress
‘Cos I was looking at this dress and there was a beating in my chest
‘Cos I am man that rejects…..
Failure
Lady, my natural flavour is distinction
Your past relationships I am putting through extinction. 
Give me the time, give me the place,
Give me the chance to debate against your……
Pink mind,
Pink shine of gloss, on lips with no flaws,
That dress words in Versace every time you talk 
Pause for a second as I jot down these thoughts,
And jot down my number as you jot down me yours


And I looked deep into her eyes as I wrote my number and gave it to her and said 


Lady,
Mine is a 0-5-4-9-4-4-2-0-3-0
I can be your hero 
Sing songs to you better than Ne-Yo
My words, they will fly you to Rio
Give you a time better than Michael Jackson back in the day when he said
“Do you remember” 
(chuckles)
Baby I’ve got a mind
Mind of a gentleman
God is within me so therefore I know how to treat woman
You see I don’t have a car but I can drive you crazy 
You need diamonds, I will supply you daily
Cos I’m an N-W-J
Nigga with jewelry
Supplying you with the diamonds of your life everyday
Baby,
Everybody wants you like the Iphone 
That’s your nickname
Let’s get together and let’s change that to my phone
Cos you are the;
Apple of my eye
I can’t deny
You provide me with wings so that I can fly
Tell me,
Who needs Red Bull when I got you by my side?
Honey, darling, marshmallow with a charming,
Give me your number so I can stop remarking 
I can go on forever you give me the power to go on
Therefore let me use this power to guess your number and call


You see by looking at you you look like one them MTN types so I’ll say you are 054
You have two dimples and do three aerobic sessions
Your charm is a nine out of ten so I’ll say you are a 
0-5-4-2-3-9-10
Wait!
(Breathes in to smell)
Oh my!
You wearing Channel No.9
Sagittarius is your sign
So therefore I’ll say you are a 
054 for the MTN
2 for the dimples
3 for the aerobic sessions
9-10 that’s your charm that’s a nine out of ten
9 for your perfume which is Channel No.9
And 12 for Sagittarius which is your zodiac sign
Please be ready at eight to be picked up at your door
Hope you enjoy it. For the meaning behind the lyrics and more,check it out on Genius right here.
Keep it One Hondred!
PS For those that haven’t heard the song you can listen to it here via SoundCloud 

3 Days To Ronning

Last night I released the official cover art for my first single Ronning. The artwork was courtesy of JoJos Conceptions an upcoming graphic designer whose art in my opinion shows great promise.
This single is the next stage in my career as a Spoken Word Artist. 
Since 2011, I have performed alongside many artists across numerous genres. Each having their own uniqueness. I have also studied my surroundings and its people. One however cannot learn everything and this next stage is another learning curve as an artist. 
Each month until June, I shall release a single leading to my album release in June. Three of these singles, including Ronning are not part of the album. 
The album and singles are my way of showcasing my talent and versatility that God blessed me with.

Official Cover Art for Ronning Single
Official Cover Art for Ronning Single

Ronning is one of my favorite pieces because regardless of the crowd its entertaining. It’s a spoken word piece written to bring out a smile on a girl’s face.
The piece had a different name until February 2017. It used to be called “She Was Pretty”. (Lame right?)
I have this bad habit of naming my pieces after the first line of the poem or lyrics. Anyway, I thought that wasn’t fitting in a Ghanaian context and thus the name change; which given the content in the piece, fits perfectly.
The piece on its own without music in the background is good. However, given that Ghanaians are still getting used to poetry or spoken word, I thought it best to add music to provide a more entertaining listening experience. 
Ronning was written somewhere in 2008 in South Africa. If someone had mentioned at the time that in 9 years that this will be my first single I would have said “Get outta here!”
Well we learn everyday. The single will come out on SoundCloud on 13th February 2017. Be sure to look out for it and always keep it One HONDRED!

Ronning – My First Single

Ronning is my first single which I will be releasing on 13th February 2017. It’s a pidgin word which describes the act of an attracted person charming their prey with words. (In that case you might as well call me a Ronner) 
I wrote Ronning in either 2008 or 2009 whilst I was in University. At the time I was looking for an entertaining piece that could put a smile on a girl’s face and also make a guy go like “damn! I wish I came up with those lines”.
Ronning has over the years been a piece I could rely on to do justice to a dull crowd and thus makes it a fitting piece to start my journey on releasing music. I also deem it fitting, as February is the month of Valentine’s Day.
For those who have heard the piece before, expect a twist to the piece in terms of music. I decided to play with a genre of music which Ghanaians may not be used to but provides in my opinion, the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the track. 
Well I will not say more. Look out for the track on 13th February 2017. 
Keep it One HONDRED!
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