Nude Videos, Judgement and Jealousy

Over the weekend a WhatsApp group informed me of a nude video of Rashida of “Mala**ka fame, painting the internet red with some three flies. 
You don’t need to watch long to declare the video offensive and disgusting. Even without the flies its disgusting and unfortunately quite sad. (Those poor flies)
Later that evening as I scrolled through my timeline on Facebook, I came across a post from Ghanaian actress and media personality, Ama K Abrebese reiterating a point she made about Rashida in a previous post where she quoted a section of an article written by Manasseh Azure Awuni about Rashida.
The quote termed Rashida a deviant deserving public sympathy as opposed to praises. You can read the original post here. It also has a link to Manasseh’s article as well.
I agree with Manasseh statements especially the part about her deserving our sympathy. Unfortunately however, some saw this post by Ama as a jealous attack. 
If you scroll through the comments you will see some very ridiculous sentiments that makes you wonder whether they understood the context of the post.
I had to reply to some comments and later realized that there was an army of Ghanaians that my logic wouldn’t penetrate through. I realized that the behavior displayed through the comments is a reflection of the moral decay in our country.
A good bunch of us are hypocrites. Lets admit it and stop pretending. This is the problem with Ghana. We don’t like to call out wrong doing and when someone does, instead of us applauding, we rather call the person jealous or a hater.
Such ignorance is sometimes displayed in conjunction with religion where by some via comments on the post, called Ama out for passing judgement. That’s when I realized that people are really confused and begun wondering whether we read the same bible.
Just because you call out wrong doing doesn’t mean you are judging. Its just acknowledging that wrong has been done. It is good for society to call out wrong and right more often for it sensitizes the public on morality. 
Just take a look at the nonsense that goes on in our society. Traffic manners, sanitation and sex videos or nude photos being sent out by Mr. Anonymous. This practice of wrong continues and is encouraged by us and our silence is evidence of our recommendation. How are the vulnerable to know something is wrong if we don’t speak out?
I say this not claiming the title of saint, for in my life time I have changed my wrong ways because it was called out.
I acknowledge that there are different opinions on what’s right and wrong; that majority is also not always right. I however prefer a society of varying arguments on what is right and wrong than a silent one that leaves the vulnerable and younger generation with little choice in the area of reason. 
Lets all speak out against wrong doing. Even if we are proved wrong we learn from it.
Keep it One HONDRED!

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