World Poetry Day Celebration 

Today 21st March 2017 is World Poetry Day. So everything I write in this post must rhyme with day. Thus I will say, that I lay, in the arms of poetry’s bed made with hay.
There is a lot about poetry that people don’t know about. Its purpose in the world is sometimes ridiculed as a dying art form for hopeless romantics and bards seeking attention. 
History
In 1999 the celebration of poetry was instituted by UNESCO. UNESCO believed that poetry had a unique way of capturing the minds of people and encouraging creativity. 
Part of its objectives were:

  • To support linguistic diversity through poetic expression.
  • To offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

The day is also meant 

  • To encourage a return to oral tradition of poetry recitals.
  • To promote the teaching of poetry.
  • To restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting
  • To support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

– UNESCO website
What Poetry Means To Me
Poetry is another form of expression. I have used it several times to express myself in a different manner to get people to see things differently. 
It can be personal or expressed to the public. It can be used for entertainment or pleasure; inspiration, social commentary and many more. 
A good number of songs without their instrumental can be viewed as poems. Yet the world today still doesn’t seem to recognize the importance of this artform.
I see poetry in everything and urge others to encourage this art form that once used to be held in high esteem.
Importance
From my recent travels to Kenya, I saw the power of poetry being emanated through slammers at a spoken word event called Slam Africa.
Each of the slammers tackled a social issue and got the audience to view their message in a manner that got them thinking. The poets tackled topics such as femininity, discrimination, rape, ignorance, Christianity and many more. 
I was awestruck by the their performance and more than ever realized that as poets we are blessed with a gift to reach out to people. Communicate with them on issues that will add value to their lives.
This is similar to marketing campaigns only that words are used orally. Id marketing campaigns are sometimes worth millions and often times incorporate visual artists, musicians and actors why can’t poetry and poets be respected as such?
Disregarded
Unfortunately poets are not respected for their craft. Corporates and small enterprises see the creation of poetry as ‘easy-peasy’ and don’t value the creation of the content. 
Thus the industry is raped by EXPOSURE. Believeing that we are being offered an opportunity whilst truth be told, it usually doesn’t get far. 
How Can This Change?
In my opinion poetry in Ghana has a marketing, reputation and unity issue. Our art is not packaged in a manner that makes it attractive to the public. People seem to be doing the art form a favor rather than actually patronizing and giving it a chance based on merit.
The other aspect involves reputation. Good reputation should see poets rise to unimaginable heights. Unfortunately anyone can get up and claim to be a poet; and while I don’t doubt their zeal, a lot more goes into this art form than meets the eye. 
Thus competition for poetry is often times non existent as organizations or individuals usually stick to who they know or are exposed to only a small number of poets who sometimes are not packaged well. Making a decision on who to choose difficult.
We are also not united as poets in Ghana. This is no fault of ill malice on the part of anyone but rather the lack of interest by all to come together for the common good of benefiting the industry.
Conclusion
We have come a long way as a country with regards to poetry. We still need to do  more. Rome however wasn’t built in a day so maybe this year we will try and build the Colosseum.
Happy World Poetry Day!
Keep it One HONDRED!
P.S In celebration of World Poetry Day there is a poetry show at PAWA House, Roman Ridge, Accra, Ghana 

Ronning Remix and Kenya

Today I travel to Kenya for a performance at a poetry event on the 18th of March, 2016. As I type this my eyes are struggling to keep open. I have been up packing and updating my affairs on my website and social media before leaving in order to depart with a gift for you guys.
The gift almost didn’t happen.
The plan was to release the Ronning Remix today. This was a remix made over Shyne’s Bad Boyz  instrumental. Unfortunately I had not read the terms and conditions of of SoundCloud and YouTube well and at the last minute realized that I was in violation of copyright.
You see I thought because the track was not for sale and I was open about using it as a cover, I thought I had satisfied all the legal areas. It turns out that I hadn’t.
It turns out that I had a recording of a performance of the track over a different set of beats courtesy of The Musical Lunatics at a show where we performed together last year.
This was my first opportunity to perform with a band and considering the short time used to rehearse, I have to say what we produced was on point. 
So today I as I leave to Kenya for a week I present you with the Ronning Remix featuring The Musical Lunatics as a celebration of women and a departure gift.
You have both the audio and video to enjoy. If however you want to listen to whatbi intended to share, hit me up and I will share a link for you to check it out.
Expect lots of pictures and videos as I am away. I will be documenting this trip like a kid with a new camera. 
I want to thank Ehalakasa and Gallery GM for making this possible for me to represent Ghana and further my career as an artist. I also want to thank Poetra and The Musical Lunatics for making that performance a possibility. The most thanks though goes to the almighty for providing me with this gift.
I will miss my wife, son and all you guys but the internet and your prayers will keep us connected.
Always remember to keep it One HONDRED!
Here is the audio

Here is the video

Spoken Word Night – Sai Wine & Champagne Cafe

Poetry and wine. That sounds like a perfect match. Not a soccer match for that involves beer. This here is a compliment and smooth rolled into a single delicious chocolate moment.
So I have tried to define what the evening of Saturday 4th March 2017 will be like. If you have ever been to Sai Wine & Champagne Cafe you will agree that it is an intimate hide out for warm and hearty conversation and company. 
The establishment serves a wide variety of wines and champagne making it a wine lovers paradise. 
Spoken Word Night will see four poets including myself get on stage and enchant the audience of the night. I believe it’s my first show of the year. I have a new poem I want to try out so if you are looking at having a good time tomorrow, why not come around Labone at 8:00 PM. Its in the same vicinity as Vida e Cafe and Lenovo.
Keep it One Hondred!

The Ghana Education System-Elidior The Poet

Elidior The Poet is a remarkable poet with interesting views on everyday issues. I met Elidior in January 2015 at the first round of the Ehalakasa Slam. He struck me as a powerful confident performer and definitely inspired me that year.
In the finals that year, Elidior performed a piece titled, The Ghana Education System. The piece focused on the relevance of the system and its impact on students. Most importantly it emphasized the need for the system to change. I was amazed at the content and creativity involved in the poetry. I also felt it deserved a better score than was given.
Anyway, what use is it if I tell you about the piece without giving you an opportunity to listen to it.
Here is Elidior’s Ghana Education System You Tube Video

Keep it One HONDRED! and support the arts.

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

Let Me Tell You About WTF?

On 2nd February 2017, I got hold of my first album. It was an emotional forty minutes as I listened to every track my partner in sound Ike (AKA Boamah Made It) and I had created over a period of eight months through the studio’s speakers.
The title of the album is WTF? I could get down into what the acronym means but that will defeat the idea behind the album. 
It’s not a spoken word album neither is it a rap album. I call it a Ghanaian Hiphop album and leave the album to you when it comes out to conclude on what you think it is.
The album is comprised of twelve tracks. Ten tracks make up the album and the remainder are bonus tracks. The album features no one and had production by Boamah Made It, KaySo Beethoven and myself.
I have so far played the album to a couple of friends and fans and the response has been great. Unfortunately, the album only comes out in June 2017. Until then the plan is to gradually build a fan base via singles of which I will release every month and organize listening sessions to introduce myself to unknown crowds. 
Today for instance I have a listening session with my old high school SOS HGIC. Same high school that artists like Manifest and Paapa came from. Manifest was my senior when I came to the school and Paapa I never met during school because he arrived after I left the school.
The listening session is a motivator for me because for the longest time I have been holding what I consider a gem and I am eager to know whether I am the only one that thinks it is so. I want to know whether what I was communicating was received and whether the content and music within are rich enough to become a timeless classic.
Hopefully I shall get these and more to tonight at the session. I will take footage and pictures and will be sharing them out next week or later. Maybe later as next week I will be busy promoting my first single Ronning which comes out Monday 13th February 2017.
For all those who support me, I appreciate it. Your likes, comments and love will enable me to achieve my dream. I cannot do this alone and need you to help make this dream of mine a reality. Look out for more informing WTF? Keep it One HONDRED! this weekend.
PS I am also on ReverbNation now.

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!