It was a night full music and exclusive information as multiple award-winning Ghanaian born reggae/ragga & dance-hall warrior, Livingstone Etse Satekla, professionally called Stonebwoy, was hosted in a 2-hour virtual album listening session live on on the largest independent commercial media and entertainment network in Ghana, Multimedia Group Limited (parent company of Hitz 103.9 FM and Joy Prime)
The event which was streamed live via Stonebwoy’s Youtube page, Joy Prime’s social media pages respectively, and transmitted via Hitz 103.9 FM witnessed the Black Entertainment Tv (BET) award-winning artiste taking consumers, entertainment critics and the entire music populace down the lane to “Anloga Junction”, with discussion being centered on his forthcoming studio album, but not limited to promotional strategies, collaborations, productions and inspiration behind the whole theme, thus, “Anloga Junction”.
Hosted by Jay Foley and Kpekpo Maxwell Justice (KMJ) who empaneled Mark Okraku Mantey, Cookie Tee, and Doreen Avio, “Road To Anloga Junction” saw the most revered dance-hall artiste delivering an electrifying performance with his BHIM Band, with only two crew members (Keyboardist and Guitarist) representing. For the first time, he performed the three singles (Understand, African Party and Good Morning) and track-15, Strength and Hope, off the album. This was after he shared two singles each from the last three albums, thus, Grade 1, Necessary Evil, and Epistles of Mama (EOM).
Speaking on the unconscious burst of creativity on the subject of his forthcoming fourth studio album, Stonebwoy revealed that, he needed to get people wondering about themaster piece just by hearing the name. He explained that, “Anloga” (a town in Keta District of the Volta Region in southeast Ghana) represents the inspiration from home, where as “Junction” represents the inventiveness from the western world. He however gave props to his late mother for being part of his artistic journey.
On the issue of production, mixing and mastering, the Nickelodeon Kids Choice (NKC) award-winning artiste stated that, in 2019, Burniton Music Group – BMG (his management) knew they had to put a project for 2020, and for this particular project, his administration handpicked some of the the topmost producers in the world to Ghana’s home-grown masterminds.
The 15-tracklist album captioned “Anloga Junction”, which is set to be premiered on 24th April, 2020 hosted 15 record producers across the globe who oversaw and managed the sound recording and production ranging from one song to a lengthy concept on his yet to be released album. The project recruited seven (7) Ghanaian top-notch producers, one (1) British prolific producer, one (1) Nigerian hit producer, a Dutch producer, and one (1) Legendary Jamaican Producer.
The project housed Mix Master Garzy (Ghana), Nana Rogue (Ghana), MoG (Ghana), Top-notch Ghanaian Dancehall music producer, Beatz Dakay, iPaapi(Ghana) N2theA (pronounced N-to-the-A) (United Kingdom, celebrated American record producer, Andre “Dre” Harris, Riga, Phantom (Nigeria), sensational Ghanaian record producer, Street Beatz, Fox Beatz(Ghana), and astute Jamaican astute producer, Kabaka Pyramid. Amazingly, Ghanaian home-grown mastermind, Mix Master Garzy, mastered all the tunes on Anloga Junction.
However, Stonebwoy revealed that, it was not deliberate to not feature any other Ghanaian, including his former boss, and High Grade Family (HGF) frontliner, Samini, but, Ghanaian Highlife pioneer; Kojo Antwi (Mr. Music Man). On this project, the three times AFRIMA Dance-hall artiste year linked up with Jamaican dance-hall juggernaut; Jahmeil, Legendary American singer; Keri Hilson, Sensational Nigerian afro-beats star; Zlatan, multiple award-winning South African rapper signed on to DEF Jam Records; Nasty C, Dutch singer; Chivv, fast rising dance-hall singjay; Alicai Harley and East Africa’s Diamond Platnumz.
The project is built on stuttering synth hits and beat work produced by 13 illustrious record producers. Stonebwoy and the and the featured recording and performing artistes connected over energetic rhythms, each delivering their own verses—add one more album to the many stellar cross-Atlantic musical collaborations that have been going on for years, in particular between West Africa and the Caribbean. The singles on the project comes paired with a new music video directed by other video directors.
Pre-order Anloga Junction album here
(Photo Credit: Rob Photography)