Pure Akan releases his second studio album “Nyame Mma”. Outstanding Ghanaian recording artist Bernard Nana Appiah, known in showbiz circles as Pure Akan, has finally released his long-awaited album entitled; “Nyame Mma”. Before the release, Pure Akan indicated that the project “Nyame Mma” will be a gospel album. The album, which translates “God’s Children”, is a 16-track project with guest appearances by Ayisi and King Ayisoba.
The work, which has been in the works for almost 3 years, comes with a dark and grainy cover with Pure Akan embedded by 2 women and 11 children. The album “Nyame Mma” serves as the official successor to his 2017 album “Onipa Akoma”, which received positive reviews from fans and critics. ‘Onipa Akoma’ has been described as a game changer in the music industry.
When an event in West Legon stalled for a moment, the guests sat – not yet alarmed – on the damp, freshly cut grass of Villa Victoria, chatting heartily while the technicians worked on the sound engineering to get the show on the street . I was looking from a wall I was leaning against as Pure Akan, host of the show, took matters into her own hands and tweaked the cables behind some of the mixers to make sure everything was back that Saturday, July 10th Plan ran.
He seemed to know what he was doing; Therefore, as a guest who was late and feared he might have missed the event, I could only let out a heavy sigh. For the fans it was just another night with their icon, who had no star status and was ready on call to please the guests, even if it meant going on stage as a technician, who later became the lead artist would reappear. a few appearances in
This challenge with the sound quality of the Aboa Concert II would last all night. However, the intensity with which the audience sang along makes you wonder why they needed a sound system in the first place. From “Mi Sika Duro” to “Helebaba”, Kwa Appiah, as he is affectionately known, took audiences on a journey from his early days and a cruise on his first album, Onipa Akoma, one of the most streamed albums on Aftown after its release in 2017.
This was the first time many of his fans got a taste of his new album Nyame Mma. The icebreaker was “Mensesa me ho” and the crowd went wild. The track was later announced in fifth place on the 16-track album, Pure Akan’s second project. “Mensesa me ho”, meaning “I will not change”, shows his reluctance to deviate from his originality and his roots.
Speaking of which, it may not be too late to reach out to the head of your family, ‘Abusua Panyin’ in your village, or any other culturally diverse person you know. Because this collection is going to challenge everything you ever knew the current world as you know it was true, unlike what happened in the years before the 2000s. Basically it’s a nostalgic work.
Akan delves deep into this project as it revolves around the essence of identity, cultural values and norms that are used to strengthen bond between indigenous peoples. From the very top, ‘Agyapade3’ speaks about deeply rooted heritage and resources that are available to indigenous Ghanaians but are no longer accessible today due to insufficient knowledge of their own roots in their homeland.
‘Hw3 Ade3 Na to Ade3’ deals with the orientation and education of children in homes where guardians downplay the intrusion of culture, resulting in the loss of the basic tenets that link a person to their parentage, a subtle hint of westernization of Africans and their disadvantages.
Nketenkete, the third song on the track, actually reveals the setting for the experience. Pure Akan seems to be telling folklore to children who have gathered around a fire in a village scene, as in the Ghanaian TV show “By The Fire Side” of the 90s. Along the way, he lists popular games that linked societies but gradually disappeared after colonialism.
He conjures up traditional games like ‘ampe’, ‘pilolo’, ‘Peele’, ‘Nkro’ and urges the children to stay true to them. It’s an intriguingly refreshing tune for babies before the 2000s as it outlines fun activities that preceded the improved technology that is now showcasing the creeping indoor and on-screen culture we see today.
The composition of the song is heavily influenced by the legendary Nana Ampadu ‘Nketenkete’ in the early 1970s. I can’t remember the last time a contemporary went so far back in time to get an original native sample.
For a moment I wondered if Pure Akan had only recently awakened to the tales of the havoc colonialism had wreaked on the thriving tribes in the pre-colonial era.
The raw energy with which he attacks the sound and his renewed commitment to correcting the anomalies caused by cancer is evident in “Aponkye Is A Goat,” a silky-voiced song, Ayisi.
The song probably contains one of the most powerful verses on any cassette this year.
“I am the stubborn slave who jumped off the slave ship and was left behind. So now I have to protect what is left and show the way, ”is a translation from the actual Twi-Bar.
As profound as it sounds, it visualizes the damage and resources West Africa has lost to the transatlantic slave trade and the need to stop the ongoing brain drain and make the continent the “heaven” that many continue to seek abroad.
This message is reinforced by songs like Akwasi, Tumtum.
Other songs like “Meka ho bi” and “Akyire Basaa” call on the current generation to do their part to give society a new face.
A journey through the album sounds like a piece that the African Studies departments around the world will adopt as a case study in the coming decades.
It is rich in local instruments, proverbs, allusions that go back centuries in history, and references to activities that will delight even the oldest Ghanaian. But the artist is nowhere near 40 years old. Over 90% of the plate was produced by TwistedWavex. Nyame Ba takes a godly turn. It’s # 15 on the tracklist and talks about accepting the light of God and the position of the phenomenon as the foundation of all creation.
The song is a deep reflection on the realization that the divine power has been placed in people’s hands from childhood and must be used for good by influencing the lives of others while making the most of opportunities.
I’m not kidding you when I say there is nothing you can prepare for the sounds you will hear in the discography. It includes sounds of cultural drums, pronounced guitars, burga highlife, and hip-hop. It is occasionally infused with Ashanti-native Nwomkro.
The artistry is well thought out considering the skits that include some of the songs like two parts of ‘Asɛm a esii kɔyɔbɛda’.
Another brilliant collaboration is that of King Ayisoba on “Bɔkɔɔ”.
In the song, the duo urges Africans to be patient and make wise use of the remnants of the looting our ancestors were subjected to during the harsh colonial era.
And oh, ‘morning’ was the only English word I heard on the whole album, let it sink in.
I don’t see this as mere work, but one that teaches valuable lessons – a full historical timeline of a lost people retracing their steps home. Fortunately, we found the map in these 16 songs. Pure Akan releases his second studio album “Nyame Mma”.