Reviewing the various sounds been composed and analyzing the songs for consumers to appreciate what it takes to make music and educating new musicians on musical techniques they can employ to aid them write good songs is a way we are assisting Ghana’s music industry.
Nana Ama Dadzie’s single “African Boogie”featuring Strongman, mixed and mastered by Roland Ackah (RHM Studios, Ghana) is in our review bowl. Let us set the ball rolling.
Vocal melody: The vocal melodies of this song arein tune. The chorus has a very adorable melody. The chorus is a kind of melody that would be easilyremembered. Commercially, the melody of ‘African Boogie’ is a positive vibe; there is consistency and uniformity in the vocal qualities of Nana Ama Dadzie. She sounds same as she used to sing back in the 90’s and early 2000’s. The singer’s vocal quality is very rich in texture. The singer through his vocal expressions showed how emotiveshe is about the lyrics she sings. The vocal melodies have the ability to be in your head for days.
Lyrics: The lyrics of this song were written by Roland Ackah (Roro) and Raphael Oduro. As the saying goes “two heads are better than one”, their writing skills added a good feel to the song. The lyrics are very interesting and meaningful. The writers employed imaginable, pleasing and interesting lyrics to show the originality of the song. The words and phrases of the song were not just used for their meanings. The lyrics truly showthe sounds and natural rhythmic traits of the song.The lyrics of “African Boogie” have the ability for every listener to relate and boogie easily.
Key Signature: D minor
Camelot Wheel: 7A
Background Chords: D minor – G minor – C major – D minor (VI – IV – V – VI)
Beat Per Minute: 112
Meter: Four crotchet beats in a bar
Rhythm: There is a cool up beat and strongengaging rhythm in the song that grabs and carries you along. That is a good feature. In addition, there is coherence and conviction with the rhythmic styleused – Ostinato.
Instrumental variety and balance: Rich variety of interesting instruments in a song is more distinctive and memorable. “African Boogie” hasessential variety of interesting musical instrumentslike African percussion, drum set, synthesizers, padand lead guitar that were employed in the instrumentation to bring out the Afro beat and Highlife effects.
The lead guitar is orchestrated to suit the highlife genre of the production, complement the monophonic vocal tracks and as well revealed as one of the major components of highlife and Afro beats genre.
The rhythmic melodies infused by the guitarist (Roro) are very simple and they carry a groove thatmove the whole composition. This variety and arrangement is tasteful and suits the mood of the song. The instrumentation has the ability to slip a listener into dance mood.
Digital effects: The usage of digital effects in this production was not much. One could feel the originality of the lead guitar’s tone colour, Nana Ama, Roro’s vocal texture and the other accompanying instruments. There can never be a substitute for musical quality. The producers, Roro and Obofour Raphael did a great job on that.
Artistes’ musical qualities
MELODIES: Catchy, tuneful, interesting, strong, melodious, memorable, and original.
VOCALS: The vocal production of Nana Ama isconsistent, distinctive, rich, warm, attractive, appealing, confident, clear, impressive and powerful.
LYRICS: Original, heart-warming, meaningful, and clever. Nana Ama has got her unique style of singing that has a strong commercial potential.
ARTISTES: Nana Ama and Strongman aretalented, professional, creative, competent, skillful, and experienced, Above all, they sound natural and they are good recording artistes.
Overall musical qualities of the song
STRUCTURE: The song has a familiar arrangement of sections – Intro, Verses and Chorus. This structure is easy for the average listener to vibe with it. Ultimately, this makes the song more commercially attractive.
PERFORMANCE QUALITY: One can still get a feel of how much the artistes enjoy and believe in what they are doing. Again, one can feel the performers are technically brilliant; vibrantperformers who are full of confidence, conviction, style and flair. These performance qualities are far more attractive commercially.
The production quality of this song is on point but performing “African Boogie” live would not be easy for instrumentalists to get the original sound effects of the song, unless samples of the production are employed when performing live on stage.
Panning, side chaining, equalizing and spatial techniques used in the mix of the sound have made it a good-vocal instrumental balanced song. The mixing engineer did a great job.
This is a great song and performance. The melody is strong and tuneful. Nana Ama and Strongman have attractive vocal tones and put natural feelings into the lyrics they produce. The lyrics are interesting and meaningful with some memorablepunchy phrases.
Instrumentally, the song has a rich, modest and full accompaniment that complements the vocal tracks perfectly.
In addition, the performance quality is high throughout, both vocally and instrumentally.
Overall, the song sounds distinctive and original, and we think it has a strong commercial potential.
Writers: Libeson Beatz and Kobby Kyei.